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S. Africa anti-apartheid hero urges voters to shun ruling ANC

One of South Africa's ruling party stalwarts will launch a campaign urging voters to shun the African National Congress in upcoming polls in protest at rampant corruption in government, media reported on Monday. Ronnie Kasrils and other anti-apartheid struggle veterans will on Tuesday launch a 'No Vote' campaign to encourage South Africans not to cast their ballots for the African National Congress (ANC) or simply spoil their ballots on election day.

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

South Africa's ruling ANC sought Thursday to limit the damage from a damning ombudsman's report which ruled that multi-million dollar state-funded upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home were unlawful. There was a scathing media reaction to the report, which described the $23 million spent on renovations at Zuma's country homestead as excessive and ordered him to repay some of the costs. "Licence to loot," thundered the headline in The Mail and Guardian, which first broke the story about the renovations in 2009.

Tutu condemns Cape Town gang violence against children

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said on Tuesday the high number of children falling victim to gang violence and sexual abuse in South Africa's Western Cape province was "a severe indictment" on the country. The scourge of deadly gang violence has long plagued the impoverished urban areas outside Cape Town, known as the Cape Flats, regularly disrupting schooling.

Killers of S.Africa anti-apartheid hero Hani stabbed in prison

Two men convicted of assassinating anti-apartheid communist leader Chris Hani, survived a prison attack Wednesday when a fellow inmate stabbed them with a spoon, a South African government spokesman said. "Offenders Clive Derby-Lewis and Janus Walusz were attacked by one offender with a 'kitchen table spoon'," said correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela, without elaborating. "They both suffered some lacerations in their heads and hands at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre" in the capital Pretoria, he said in a statement.

Killers of S.Africa anti-apartheid hero Hani stabbed in prison

Two men convicted of assassinating anti-apartheid communist leader Chris Hani, survived a prison attack Wednesday when a fellow inmate stabbed them with a spoon, a South African government spokesman said. "Offenders Clive Derby-Lewis and Janus Walusz were attacked by one offender with a 'kitchen table spoon'," said correctional services spokesman Manelisi Wolela, without elaborating. "They both suffered some lacerations in their heads and hands at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre" in the capital Pretoria, he said in a statement.

South Africa police clash with ANC supporters at opposition march

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police fired rubber bullets on Wednesday at stone throwing supporters of the ruling ANC who tried to confront members of the opposition Democratic Alliance party as they marched in central Johannesburg.

South African election rally ends in violence

South Africa's heated election campaign escalated into violence Wednesday, as Johannesburg police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to stop armed supporters of the ruling ANC from attacking an opposition rally. African National Congress activists hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at police and members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) who held a march for jobs near the ANC's headquarters in the city centre. Police responded with force and formed a human barrier between supporters of the rival parties and arrested four people for public violence.

Court annuls Mandela's polygamist grandson's third marriage

A South African court has annulled the third marriage of Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla to a Swazi princess following an application from his estranged first wife, his lawyer said Saturday. Mandla, a member of parliament and traditional chief, lost the case against his first wife Tando Mabunu-Mandela after a two-year legal battle, his lawyer Gary Jansen said. "That is correct. It was yesterday (Friday)," he told AFP, declining to elaborate. A family spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

South African general election set for May 7

President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced that South Africa will hold a general election on May 7, a vote which promises to be the sternest test yet of the ruling African National Congress. The election -- South Africa's fifth since apartheid ended in 1994 -- will be the first in which "born free" citizens can cast their ballot. They could make up as much as one fifth of the electorate. It will also be the first election since the death of Nelson Mandela, the nation's founding father, first democratically elected president and the ANC's talismanic leader.

South African general election set for May 7

President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced that South Africa will hold a general election on May 7, a vote which promises to be the sternest test yet of the ruling African National Congress. The election -- South Africa's fifth since apartheid ended in 1994 -- will be the first in which "born free" citizens can cast their ballot. They could make up as much as one fifth of the electorate. It will also be the first election since the death of Nelson Mandela, the nation's founding father, first democratically elected president and the ANC's talismanic leader.
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