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Mandela ends up launching and undoing Alison Redford's political career

EDMONTON - When she came to power as Alberta's 14th premier in 2011, Alison Redford credited Nelson Mandela with giving her her political chops. Two and a half years later, it was the former South African leader's memorial service that may have triggered the beginning of her political undoing. Redford announced her resignation Wednesday amid caucus unrest over her leadership style and the $45,000 she spent to attend the Mandela funeral in South Africa last year.

S.Africa's ANC seeks damage control in Zuma home upgrades

South Africa's ruling ANC Thursday sought to minimise the damage caused by a damning ombudsman's report which showed that some of the $23 million state-funded upgrades on President Jacob Zuma's private home were unlawful. The African National Congress, whose popularity is flagging ahead of upcoming polls, said the officials implicated should be called to account and misspent money repaid, but tried to divert attention from its tainted leader.

Mandela family launches wine collection in Netherlands

Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter Makaziwe and a granddaughter on Wednesday launched their wine collection in the Netherlands, hoping the world-famous branding will help them conquer the European market. Called the "Thembu Collection" after Mandela's tribe of Xhosa-speaking people, the House of Mandela winery's products mark the Mandela family's first commercial venture, Makaziwe Mandela told journalists at a launch in Amsterdam.

Football: South African Premiership results

South African Premiership midweek results: Wednesday AmaZulu 1 (Nguzana 90+1) Polokwane City 0 Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Musona 85, 90) Ajax Cape Town 0 Maritzburg Utd 1 (Sekotlong 47) Bloemfontein Celtic 1 (Mhango 77) Pretoria University 0 Wits University 0 SuperSport Utd 1 (Phala 63) Platinum Stars 1 (Mthembu 37) Tuesday Free State Stars 1 (Sekola 90+4) Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Laffor 15, Wome 41) Moroka Swallows 1 (Wana 59) Lamontville Golden Arrows 0

S.Africa's largest union marches for youth jobs

South Africa's 340,000-strong NUMSA union marched Wednesday to protest a new labour law it says will increase unemployment and poverty, amid a tense stand-off with the ruling ANC weeks before polls. Thousands of people striked and marched across the country in support of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the largest worker organisation in the country, to demand more policies to fight poverty.

Zuma ordered to pay for 'unlawful' home upgrades

South Africa's public ombudsman ruled Wednesday that some of the $23 million taxpayer-funded improvements to President Jacob Zuma's luxurious private residence were excessive and unlawful. In a scathing report issued just weeks ahead of South Africa's elections, ombudsman Thuli Madonsela also ordered Zuma to repay part of the costs of the upgrades at his village homestead. "Some of these measures can be legitimately classified as unlawful and the acts involved constitute improper conduct and maladministration," Madonsela said.

Zuma must repay 'unlawful' home renovations

South Africa's public ombudsman said Wednesday that some of the $23 million taxpayer-funded refurbishments at President Jacob Zuma's luxurious residence were unlawful and ordered him to repay part of the cost. "Some of these measures can be legitimately classified as unlawful and the acts involved constitute improper conduct and maladministration," Thuli Madonsela said in a much-awaited report released just weeks ahead of the May presidential election.

Zuma must repay 'unlawful' home renovations

South Africa's public ombudsman said Wednesday that some of the $23 million taxpayer-funded refurbishments at President Jacob Zuma's luxurious residence were unlawful and ordered him to repay part of the cost. "Some of these measures can be legitimately classified as unlawful and the acts involved constitute improper conduct and maladministration," Thuli Madonsela said in a much-awaited report released just weeks ahead of the May presidential election.

South Africa's Zuma slammed for $23 million home makeover

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma "benefitted unduly" from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his private home that included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, the public protector said on Wednesday. In a damning report released just six weeks before an election, South Africa's top anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma of conduct "inconsistent with his office" and said he should repay a reasonable part of the cost of the unnecessary renovations.

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