Jacob Zuma

Family feud over where to bury Nelson Mandela grows

Messages for Nelson Mandela are posted outside the MediClinic Heart hospital in Pretoria. Photo: AFP

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition in hospital yesterday as a family feud over his burial site intensifies and the ruling party defends itself against claims it exploited him.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 3:52am

Xi and Zuma vow to prioritise Sino-South African relations

President Xi Jinping and South African leader Jacob Zuma have signed a series of deals to deepen bilateral co-operation. Photo: Reuters

China and South Africa vowed to make their relationship a diplomatic priority and tackle trade imbalances as they signed a series of deals on deepening co-operation following talks between President Xi Jinping and his counterpart Jacob Zuma.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:34am

Talking points

World gets in the mood for love

Romantics around the world prepare to take their loved ones somewhere extra special for the day of the year most associated with love. 

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am

A wake-up call for our sleeping dogs

People walk their dogs outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma made critical remarks about pet care that touch on sensitive race relations in South Africa. Photo: AP

For all the stupidity of his remark about dogs and white people, there might be a grain of truth in South African President Jacob Zuma's latest gaffe. Deep in the back of his mind he may have been thinking of one of the peculiarities of suburban South African life, particularly as race barriers came down after the end of apartheid.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

Storm over Zuma's 'pet dogs are white culture' speech

Nelson Mandela enjoys an encounter with a dog.

South African President Jacob Zuma has declared such popular pursuits as owning a pet dog or straightening one's hair are part of "white culture" and should be shunned by black citizens.

29 Dec 2012 - 5:51am

President Jacob Zuma scores landslide win in ANC elections

Jacob Zuma (left) consoles main rival Kgalema Motlanthe. Photo: EPA

South African president Jacob Zuma scored a thumping victory over main opponent and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in an ANC leadership contest yesterday, opening the way for him to lead Africa's largest economy until 2019.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:27am

Zuma wins ANC leadership vote by landslide

Newly re-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma (right) and newly elected deputy president of the party, Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: AFP

South African president Jacob Zuma scored a thumping victory in an ANC leadership contest on Tuesday, opening the way for him to lead until 2019.

18 Dec 2012 - 9:27pm

Briefs, December 16, 2012

South Africa's presidency said Nelson Mandela has successfully undergone surgery to remove gallstones. The presidency said the 94-year-old Mandela underwent the surgery yesterday.

16 Dec 2012 - 5:14am

South African President Jacob Zuma faces ANC leadership challenge

Zuma (second from right) at a Nelson Mandela statue. Photo: EPA

South African President Jacob Zuma will face a leadership challenge from his deputy when the ruling ANC gathers for a party conference tomorrow, with the winner inheriting a century-old movement mired in a deep crisis.

15 Dec 2012 - 6:04am

Briefs, December 2, 2012

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: AFP

Police yesterday arrested a man over a night raid on an Australian naval vessel in which weapons were stolen by a balaclava-clad intruder dressed in military clothing. Northern Territory Police said they had recovered the two shotguns and 12 pistols stolen from a navy patrol boat that was moored in Darwin around midnight on Thursday. 

2 Dec 2012 - 7:12am

'Zuma case dropped under pressure'

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo:AFP

South African prosecutors came under intense pressure to drop a criminal case against President Jacob Zuma just weeks ahead of his successful 2009 election run, a national newspaper reported Sunday.

According to the Sunday Times, top prosecutors were dismayed with the decision to scrap the criminal case and thought Zuma was trying to "blackmail" them into dropping charges.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Briefs, October 29, 2012

Onlookers at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo: AFP

Top ETA military man arrested in France

29 Oct 2012 - 3:55am

Talking Points

President Barack Obama is voting by post and casts his ballot today, more than a week before the November 6 election. Photo: AFP

Obama casts his vote early

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Police say Marikana miner killings may have been disproportionate

Members of the commission sit during the reopening of the Marikana commission of inquiry into the police killing of 34 striking miners and related violence in August. Photo: AFP

South African police have expressed their "deep regret" over 34 miners who were shot dead in August and acknowledged that the force's response may have been disproportionate.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:26am

Costly upgrade at South African president's private home

South African President Jacob Zuma's sprawling private countryside compound in Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal province. Photo: AP

New security fences. A medical clinic. Firefighting services added for a helipad. That and other upgrades, all for South African President Jacob Zuma's home to the tune of more than US$23 million in taxpayers' money.

And it's not even an official residence - it's his rural private home.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:19am