The seemingly impossible has happened, the African National Congress (ANC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has confirmed that it has recalled President #JacobZuma, signalling the beginning of the end of President Zuma’s interminable term as president of South Africa. “The decision of the #ANCNEC to recall Cde Zuma is final. It can’t and will not change. We will treat Cde Zuma with dignity and we will not humiliate him” ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said.
Kenya’s unpredictable political state of 2017 has spilled over into the new year. The ever-hopeful rival Raila Odinga took a presidential oath of his own in front of a massive crowd of supporters, despite a government ban.
South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected head of the ruling ANC party Monday, winning a bruising race that exposed deep rifts within the organisation that led the fight against apartheid.
Thousands of delegates from South Africa’s ruling ANC party cast secret ballots throughout the night Monday to choose their next leader after repeated delays to a ballot seen as a decisive moment in the country’s post-apartheid history.
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is expected to use a conference of the ruling ZANU-PF party on Friday to consolidate his grip on power after Robert Mugabe’s shock ouster last month.
A sellout is someone who betrays his own principles and his followers for personal venality. Where is the evidence that South Africa’s Mandela betrayed himself and deceived his countrymen for self-gain?
The definition of democracy on the continent has been restricted to holding elections. Many African leaders forget that protests and online dissent is very much part of democracy. Elections are just a part of democracy, and democracy entails a full spectrum of economic, social and political freedoms, which include citizens’ rights to protest and express their voices and concern.
Our liberation icons remain important – warts and all. They do not need to fade from our continental consciousness of liberation struggle history, nor from the struggles that are continually faced in contemporary times.
Britain on Wednesday expressed cautious optimism after the military took control of Zimbabwe, but warned against any transition “from one unelected tyrant to the next”.