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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.

Mandela leaves at least $4.1 million in last will

Nelson Mandela left an estate of at least $4.1 million, according to details of his final will and testament released Monday, amid a very public family feud over his legacy. The wife of South Africa's first black president is entitled to half of his estate, with the rest shared out among various family members, personal staff, schools and the ruling ANC. The will was read out two months after the death in December of the anti-apartheid icon at the age of 95.

South African opposition implosion hands ANC momentum

A freshly inked merger between South Africa's opposition parties has imploded just months before a general election, handing the beleaguered ANC ruling party a lifeline Monday. Days after centrist parties announced that black consciousness stalwart Mamphela Ramphele would be their joint presidential candidate, the agreement was buried in a slew of personal recriminations and political point-scoring. The deal would have created a unified front against the might of the African National Congress, which has won every fully democratic election in South Africa by a landslide.

South African opposition implosion hands ANC momentum

A freshly inked merger deal between South Africa's opposition parties has imploded just months before a general election, handing the beleaguered ANC ruling party a lifeline Monday. Days after centrist parties announced that black consciousness stalwart Mamphela Ramphele would be their joint presidential candidate, the agreement was buried in a slew of personal recriminations and political point-scoring.

South African black leader scraps week-old electoral pact

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Mamphela Ramphele, former partner of renowned anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko, decided on Monday not to run for the opposition Democratic Alliance in South Africa's elections this year, only a week after saying she would. Ramphele had agreed to seek the presidency for the opposition Democratic Alliance, which is trying to throw off perceptions it represents the interests of the white minority, against the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

South African black leader scraps week-old electoral pact

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Mamphela Ramphele, former partner of renowned anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko, decided on Monday not to run for the opposition Democratic Alliance in South Africa's elections this year, only a week after saying she would. Ramphele had agreed to seek the presidency for the opposition Democratic Alliance, which is trying to throw off perceptions it represents the interests of the white minority, against the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Mandela's will to be made public

The executors of Nelson Mandela's estate are to reveal his last will and testament on Monday, amid a very public family feud over who will carry on the family name. Two months after the death of the 95-year-old South African statesman, lawyers will reveal who will gain control of his multi-million dollar assets. Mandela left behind his wife Graca Machel, ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and more than 30 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Iconic Apartheid victim's sister ditches S.Africa's ANC

The sister of a young boy whose apartheid-era death heightened global opposition against South Africa's white-minority rule, has left the ruling ANC for the main opposition, the party announced Thursday. Lulu Pieterson, whose brother Hector was shot dead by white police in 1976, has lost faith in the African National Congress, said Democratic Alliance spokesman Mmusi Maimane. Twelve-year-old Hector Pieterson was among the 23 who died on the first day of demonstrations for better education in the Johannesburg shantytown.

South African opposition DA drafts in black leader for election

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will run for president for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in this year's South African election, giving the main opposition party a prominent black leader to challenge the ruling ANC.

ANC to probe alleged misuse of Mandela memorial funds

South Africa's ruling ANC party on Sunday vowed to launch its own investigation into allegations that public funds released for Nelson Mandela's memorial services may have been misappropriated. "Our conscience is alarmed by these allegations, that at the time of sadness, there could be such alleged occurrences," said Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the Eastern Cape provincial government minister who is also the ANC's regional head of elections. "We will urgently seek answers," from the municipal authorities "about how this money was spent," said Qoboshiyane.
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