Survivor: African National Congress

Richard Calland

There is more than a touch of Ronald Reagan -- or even, dare one say it, George W Bush -- in Jacob Zuma. Apparently happily unencumbered by the need to demonstrate a towering intellectual faculty, he is an archetypal instinctive politician -- streetwise, savvy and not to be underestimated.

Microsoft ends production of HD DVD players

Staff Reporter

Microsoft is to stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba ceded the high-definition video-format battle to Sony's Blu-ray. Microsoft said on Saturday it will continue to provide standard warranty support for its HD DVD players.

Google's Android debuts in Barcelona

Adam Plowright

The first cellphones fitted with Google's Android software platform made their debut at an industry trade show on Monday, a milestone for the internet giant as it looks to dominate the wireless world. A handful of chip makers showed off prototype handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

'ANC must go back to the masses'

Staff Reporter

In the second instalment of his interview with Kgalema Motlanthe, Ebrahim Harvey speaks to the ANC deputy president about healing division in the party, unity among the alliance partners and the Polokwane 'revolution'.

Scorpions' disbanding 'is to protect ANC'

Michael Hamlyn

The African National Congress (ANC) is getting rid of the Scorpions in order to protect ANC members from corruption charges, according to the leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille. Zille said on Monday that besides the seven convicted criminals on the ANC's national executive committee (NEC), six NEC members are currently the subject of investigations.

Zuma charges under spotlight ahead of ANC meeting

Staff Reporter

When the African National Congress (ANC) presents its traditional "January 8" statement on its 96th birthday at a gathering in Pretoria next week, it will have to contend with the new charges its newly elected president faces -- and reported threats against the authority of his predecessor, President Thabo Mbeki.

No confirmation on Motlanthe deployment

Staff Reporter

The Presidency on Tuesday could not confirm reports that African National Congress deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe would be deployed to the Cabinet within days. "I don't know ... I have not been advised on anything," said presidential spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga.

ANC MPs seen as loyal to Mbeki fear the axe

Staff Reporter

Fear now stalks the corridors of African National Congress (ANC) power as the party's new president, Jacob Zuma, asserts his authority in Parliament, the provinces and the party structures, the Sunday Times reported. ANC MPs made their anxiety known in a closed meeting of the ANC's parliamentary caucus on Thursday.

ANC lays down the law to Mbeki

Mail & Guardian Online reporter and Sapa, Sapa-AFP

The African National Congress (ANC) has laid down the law to President Thabo Mbeki following two days of discussions between its national executive committee and the Cabinet, the Sunday Times reported. The ANC was also moving to get Mbeki to appoint Kgalema Motlanthe as a second deputy president in government.

ANC plans to expand national executive committee

Staff Reporter, Matuma Letsoalo

The ANC has resolved to increase its national executive committee from 60 to 86 members to ensure greater representation of the party's motive forces. The decision came amid concern from some members of the ANC and its alliance partners that the executive no longer represents the party's core constituency.

Zuma is new ANC president

Riaan Wolmarans, Matthew Burbidge, Sapa-AFP

Jacob Zuma is the new president of the African National Congress. The announcement was greeted by an outpouring of joy and ecstatic cheering by ANC delegates at the party's conference in Polokwane shortly before 9pm on Tuesday. Thabo Mbeki received 1 505 votes and Zuma received 2 329.

Provinces: The winners and losers

Mandy Rossouw

Secretary-general of the ANC Kgalema Motlanthe spared no punches when he presented his organisational report to the national conference this week. Mandy Rossouw looks at which provinces came out tops and which need to take a long hard look at themselves.

Mbeki team fights back

Mandy Rossouw, Matuma Letsoalo

President Thabo Mbeki's team fought back after a first day of humiliation at the ANC's 52nd national conference at Polokwane, holding an unprecedented rally at lunchtime. Jacob Zuma's people responded with an even bigger rally. The Mbeki rally was part of a package of measures to turn back the voting gains of deputy president Jacob Zuma, who is set to take the top job.

City Press wins appeal over Zuma report

Staff Reporter

City Press has successfully appealed against a press ombudsman finding over the accuracy and fairness of a report on African National Congress president Jacob Zuma, the Press Council Appeals Panel said on Friday. The article, headlined "Cracks in Zuma's NEC", reported that Zuma became angry at a national executive committee [NEC] meeting on January 8.

Cabinet to study ANC's Scorpions decision

Staff Reporter

The government will look at ways in which members of the Scorpions performing police functions can be absorbed into the police, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The African National Congress has decided that such members of the Directorate of Special Operations should be absorbed into the South African Police Service.

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