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Paul Simao

‘We are living like dogs’

Jimmy Malish huddles under a blanket, looks at the darkening sky and prays that it doesn't rain again on him and the hundreds of other African migrants camped in the courtyard of a Johannesburg police station. Although President Thabo Mbeki has condemned the violence, on the ground there are few signs the government has stepped in with significant aid for victims.

Mbeki’s rule in limbo as townships burn

President Thabo Mbeki faces an uphill battle to remain politically relevant in his last year in office after his failure to contain an eruption of violence that has killed dozens of foreign workers in South Africa. Mbeki was already under fire for failing to prevent a crippling power shortage when mobs went on the rampage this month.

Zuma lawyers, NPA discuss trial date

Lawyers for African National Congress president Jacob Zuma will meet prosecutors on Thursday to decide whether his corruption case should begin on August 4, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. ''It is only after the meeting today that we'll know if the date we have proposed is confirmed,'' NPA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.

Mining to resume at Gold Fields after accident

Mining operations at Gold Fields' South Deep mine will resume on Monday, the company said on Saturday, two days after nine workers were killed in an accident. Gold Fields said no mining would take place at South Deep until after a meeting Monday morning between management, unions and a provincial mining inspector.

Uncertainty over Parreira’s future

The South African Football Association held talks with national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on Friday amid reports the Brazilian was about to quit and return home. Safa and 2010 World Cup organising officials said a meeting with Parreira was under way but gave no details of its content.

Zimbabwe faces hard road to prosperity

A new Zimbabwean government should be able to stabilise the ruined economy quickly, but would face a much bigger task in returning it to sustained prosperity, analysts say. With President Robert Mugabe in the worst trouble of his 28-year rule, attention is turning to how quickly the economy could be restored.

Makoni rejects idea of opposition coalition

Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Simba Makoni said on Monday he would not form a coalition with the main opposition party because it would alienate dissenters in President Robert Mugabe's ruling party. ''There are a large number of people in Zanu-PF who share my proper vision,'' Makoni said in an interview.

Mbeki on tightrope as left’s influence rises

South Africa's left is riding high as the government prepares to unveil a budget that is expected to raise spending on social programmes and shift policy more towards fighting unemployment and poverty. Powerful trade unions and the South African Communist Party have recently seen their influence within the ruling African National Congress rise.

Judicial independence under scrutiny

High-profile criminal cases involving senior South African officials have renewed fears among opposition parties and the legal community that judicial independence may be at risk. President Thabo Mbeki's government has had a testy relationship with the judiciary.

Govt: Mbeki still in control after losing ANC role

South Africa's government said on Tuesday it remained firmly under the control of President Thabo Mbeki, dismissing concerns that his defeat in the battle to lead the party had made him a lame duck. Mbeki lost control of the African National Congress last month when delegates chose Jacob Zuma as the party's new leader.

TAC hopes for Aids ‘Glasnost’

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) on Tuesday refused to endorse Thabo Mbeki or Jacob Zuma for leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), but hinted it would be more comfortable with Zuma at the helm. The TAC said it hoped the winner would usher in ''serious change''.

ANC activist suspended for trying to halt congress

The African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday it had suspended an activist for launching a legal battle to postpone the party's leadership conference. Votani Majola has asked the country's Supreme Court of Appeal to grant his request to have the ANC's December 16 to 20 congress delayed for six months.

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