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Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, the party’s first black president, stood down on Wednesday. Photograph: Gulshan Khan/AFP via Getty

South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, is struggling to contain damaging fallout from a leadership crisis that has engulfed(...)

People queued to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, in January as fears over the city’s water crisis grew. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Cape Town’s municipal water supply is unlikely to run out in 2018 if the city’s current consumption rates remain steady and rainfall this winter mirro(...)

Pravin Gordhan is sworn in as the new South African minister of public enterprises. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has made substantial changes in his cabinet, which on Tuesday he described as a transitional team that (...)

People queue to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb in January as fears over the city’s water crisis grow in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Cape Town’s water crisis has eased slightly following a reduction in consumption by residents and local farmers. Last month officials of the South Af(...)

Security officials and members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters engage in a brawl in the National Assembly in Cape Town  during a speech by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma on Thursday. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance party is to take court action over the an outbreak of violence in the National Assembly on Thursday. Sp(...)

 Members of the ruling  African National Congress sing and dance during a motion of no confidence in president Jacob Zuma  in the parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. Photograph: Nic Bothma

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday, after an anti-graft watchdog called in a report for a judicial inquiry (...)

They may just have been local elections but South African voters have delivered a very sharp message to the African National Congress (ANC) of truly n(...)

Mmusi Maimane, the first black leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance party,  at the local elections results centre in Pretoria on Thursday. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The African National Congress has posted its worst election results in the post-apartheid era, with South Africa’s black urban voters abandoning the f(...)

South African deputy president and  African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: GIanluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africans cast their votes in local elections on Wednesday and if the opinion polls can be relied upon, the African National Congress’s control o(...)

South African president Jacob Zuma (L). File photograph: Robert Pratta/EPA/pool

South African president Jacob Zuma failed to “uphold, defend and respect” the constitution when he ignored the order of an anti-corruption watchdog to(...)

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