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Watch Video: Fight erupts at South Africa’s State of Nation Address

Punches have been thrown in South Africa’s parliament as opposition MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma. Members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the chamber. Mr Zuma had …

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South African opposition seeks court order to bar military from parliament

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance said Friday it was seeking a court ruling on the deployment of armed soldiers in parliament saying the move, during President Jacob Zuma’s state-of-the-nation speech, was unconstitutional. The president’s address was delayed by more than an hour and descended into chaos Thursday as far-left lawmakers …

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South Africa: Zuma to deploy 400 soldiers at state address

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has authorized more than 400 soldiers to join the security team at his annual state of the nation speech this week, drawing outrage from opponents who called it “militarization”. Since the radical left wing Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) won seats in parliament at 2014 elections, …

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South African watchdog mulls opposing Zuma plan to block influence peddling report

South African anti-corruption watchdog is seeking legal advice on whether to oppose President Jacob Zuma’s court action to set aside an influence-peddling report, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Thursday. The Public Protector, a constitutionally-mandated watchdog, released the report in November last year, after a probe over allegations of influence-peddling …

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Zuma says, Quality education key to resolving issues of inequality

President Jacob Zuma says it’s only through quality education that South Africa can win the struggle against unemployment, poverty and inequality. Zuma was speaking at the Basic Education Department’s lekgotla in Centurion on Tuesday. He says while the country’s education system has made progress, a lot of challenges still face …

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Cosatu stands by decision to back Cyril


Cosatu has defended its decision to back ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as its candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma next year, describing him as a “liberator of mineworkers” during apartheid. The federation dismissed criticism levelled at Ramaphosa over his role in the Marikana massacre, saying it was a ploy …

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