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S.Africa police fire rubber bullets in clashes at election rally

South African police on Wednesday fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at supporters of the ruling ANC party who attacked an opposition rally in Johannesburg, amid escalating tensions ahead of a crunch general election. African National Congress activists hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at police protecting 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 the rival groups. Four people were arrested for public violence.

South Africa to hold elections in May, ANC set for reduced majority

By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will go to the polls on May 7, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday, with his African National Congress likely to easily extend its two-decade rule, despite rising discontent among its poverty-stricken grassroots supporters.

'No crisis' over key union's split with ANC: S.Africa's Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Monday dismissed fears of a crisis in the ruling African National Congress after the country's largest trade union withdrew its support ahead of general elections. Citing serious differences and the ANC's failure to deliver on promises, NUMSA last month withdrew its support in a move that was seen a serious blow to the ruling party. But Zuma on Monday, in his first public reaction to the move, played down those fears saying "there is no crisis."

S.Africa's ANC promises voters 'radical' economic change

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Saturday kicked off his party's election campaign with a slew of promises to crack down on rampant graft and poverty, in a bid to woo disenchanted voters. The ruling African National Congress is facing a tough election with the voters who have kept them in power for two decades increasingly disillusioned by social problems, unemployment and corruption scandals.

Tens of thousands of ANC supporters gather to launch campaign

Supporters of South Africa's governing African National Congress sang and danced to old liberation songs as the party launched its campaign ahead of a tough election this year. Tens of thousands of people donning bright yellow ANC t-shirts filled the 43,500 capacity Mbombela Stadium, in the eastern province of Mpumalanga to listen to President Jacob Zuma. The events also mark 102 years since the formation of the ANC, Africa's oldest liberation movement.

SAfrica's ANC launches wish list to woo disgruntled voters

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday launched the ruling ANC party's election manifesto, hoping to help woo voters increasingly frustrated with persistent poverty, joblessness and corruption. The party of the late Nelson Mandela has in recent years been battered by accusations of graft and blamed for failing to spark greater economic growth. "We must therefore intervene decisively to take our economy forward," Zuma told hundreds of party bigwigs and supporters at an African National Congress dinner on the eve of the campaign launch.

South Africa's largest union breaks with ruling party

South Africa's largest trade union on Friday said it will no longer back the ruling African National Congress, a tectonic shift in the country's politics ahead of elections next year. The 300,000-plus member National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced the break at a special congress, accusing the ANC of using workers as "voting fodder." "Numsa as an organisation will neither endorse nor support the ANC or any other party in 2014," said leader Irvin Jim, who also called on President Jacob Zuma to resign.

South Africa's largest union breaks with ruling party

South Africa's largest trade union on Friday said it will no longer back the ruling African National Congress, a tectonic shift in the country's politics ahead of elections next year. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced the break at a special congress of members. "Numsa as an organisation will neither endorse nor support the ANC or any other party in 2014," said leader Irvin Jim, who also called on President Jacob Zuma to resign.

South Africa's ANC has lost Mandela glow

Nelson Mandela's African National Congress rose from a local liberation movement to govern Africa's richest country, but scandals and mismanagement have tainted its once glorious image. Mandela, who died Thursday at 95, leaves behind a party that won equal rights for all South Africans 19 years ago and improved the lives of millions. But Africa's oldest liberation movement has lost much of its shine amid recurring corruption scandals, rampant inequality and sluggish economic growth.

ANC fury over leak of damning Zuma report

South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday upbraided the country's top anti-corruption watchdog, accusing her office of leaking an explosive report on multimillion dollar taxpayer refurbishments at President Jacob Zuma's home. The African National Congress's secretary general Gwede Mantashe accused Thuli Madonsela of "dangerous" behaviour, saying her office leaked the report to "hype the sentiments of the public" just months before an election.
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