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Former South African president Jacob Zuma: Legal experts estimate he is liable for fees of up to at least €2 million. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty

Former South African president Jacob Zuma must return the equivalent of at least €1 million to the state after a court ruled that he illegally used ta(...)

South African National Congress Women’s League members sing and mourn outside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s home in Soweto, Johannesburg. Photograph:  EPA/STR

Leaders from across South Africa’s political divide have travelled to the home of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to mourn her sudden death and pay(...)

Baleka Mbete, speaker of the national assembly, announces that the state of the nation address, due to be delivered by president Jacob Zuma, has been postponed, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

The top decision making body of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has postponed a meeting called for today that was to decide on whether(...)

Deputy president of South Africa and new head of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa.  “We do not want a divided African National Congress,” he said.  Photograph:   Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The new leader of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity on Monday as factions within the party become increa(...)

Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership election provides a glimmer of hope that his sclerotic and scandal-plagued(...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in August. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

At one end of the main street in Vrede, a dust-blown farming town in South Africa’s Free State province, stands a stone Dutch Reformed Church. At the (...)

Riot police chase after protesters during clashes in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on Thursday, in the wake of Kenya’s presidential election. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

International observers on Thursday praised the handling of Kenya’s presidential election, with the European Union mission saying it had seen no sign(...)

Jacob Zuma is in as president of South Africa in May 2009. The NPA’s decision will not only work in Mr Zuma’s favour, but also the ANC’s. Photograph: EPA

The South African National Prosecution Authority (NPA) is seeking leave to appeal a high court ruling that it reinstate corruption charges against Pre(...)

Jacob Zuma: legal case could lead to renewed corruption charges. Photograph:  John MacDougall/AFP/Getty

South Africa’s beleaguered president, Jacob Zuma, came under intense political and legal pressure on two fronts yesterday from the opposition Democrat(...)

President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s revolutionary period was cited as inspirational by retired politicians from three former British colonies during a discussion, After Empire,(...)

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