Stella Mapenzauswa

South Africa's under-fire finance minister declines to comment on ANC backing

Oct 27 2016

CAPE TOWN South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan declined on Thursday to say whether he was confident of the ruling party's support, less than a week before he appears in court to answer fraud charges in a saga that has rocked the government.

Business plea for Gordhan echoes rifts in South Africa's ANC

Oct 24 2016

JOHANNESBURG At least 80 heads of top South African firms including Anglo American, Barclays Africa Group and Naspers want fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be dropped.

Senior politician in South Africa's ANC urges party leaders to quit

Oct 23 2016

JOHANNESBURG A senior member of South Africa's ruling ANC urged its top leaders including President Jacob Zuma to quit on Sunday, saying fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reflected an abuse of power to settle political scores within the party.

Caught in fee trap, South African university students rebel

Oct 07 2016

JOHANNESBURG A protest against prohibitive fees threatens to derail South Africa's university calendar but impoverished students like Mmakatleho Sefatsa, who already face expulsion over unpaid bills, say they have nothing to lose.

South Africa's ANC backs Gordhan, urges him to cooperate with police

Aug 30 2016

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's ruling party backed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday but urged him to cooperate with police investigations, days after Gordhan declined to meet detectives looking into his time at the tax office.

Zambians feel pinch as election row delays moves to revive economy

Aug 24 2016

LUSAKA With their country in post-election disarray over allegations of vote rigging and the economy in a tailspin, Zambians like pensioner Memory Musonda are struggling to cope and fear that help will not come soon.

South African police summon finance minister Gordhan: source

Aug 23 2016

JOHANNESBURG South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been summoned by an elite police division and may face charges in relation to an investigation into a suspected rogue unit of the state tax service, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

Zambian president's inauguration delayed until court rules on vote

Aug 16 2016

LUSAKA Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Tuesday his inauguration would be delayed until a court rules on a challenge from his main election rival who said the vote was rigged.

Zambian president Lungu re-elected in disputed vote

Aug 15 2016

LUSAKA Zambian President Edgar Lungu narrowly won re-election on Monday in a vote his main rival said was rigged.

Zambia's Lungu leads in election, main opponent alleges irregularities

Aug 15 2016

LUSAKA President Edgar Lungu was leading in Zambia's presidential election on Monday, with 85 percent of the constituencies counted, but his main rival demanded a recount in a key district, citing irregularities.

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