African National Congress

  1. ANC ethics body asks top party official to step aside

    ANC"s Secretary General Ace Magashule appears in the dock in Bleomfontein, South Africa, 13 November 2020.
    Image caption: Ace Magashule appeared before a court in November over the corruption charges

    One of the most high-ranking officials of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has been asked to step aside pending the outcome of a multi-million corruption case against him, local media report.

    Party secretary-general Ace Magashule has denied any wrongdoing over the awarding of a $16m (£12m) government contract in 2014 to private firms for the removal of asbestos from low-cost homes in Free State province.

    The party's integrity commission - in a report to the ANC's top leadership body, the national executive committee - said the rules requiring party members who are facing formal corruption charges to step aside pending the outcome of court processes must be followed, according to reports.

    The executive committee will have a final say on the report.

    Mr Magashule is the most senior ANC official to be charged with corruption since President Cyril Ramaphosa took office in 2018.

    The alleged corruption took place when Mr Magashule was the head of the provincial government in the Free State.

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  3. South Africa leader to face probe over campaign funding

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    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

    South Africa's governing party officials have said President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before an integrity commission to answer questions about a controversial campaign donation.

    But Jessie Duarte, a senior member of the African National Congress, did not specify when Mr Ramaphosa would present himself before the party panel.

    In a report, South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog alleged that Mr Ramaphosa had misled parliament about money he received in 2017, worth more than $36,000 (£27,000).

    Mr Ramaphosa maintains it was a donation towards his campaign for the ANC leadership.

    As President, Mr Ramaphosa has staked his reputation on cleaning up South African politics since he replaced Jacob Zuma.

  4. George Floyd: ANC to launch 'Black Friday' campaign

    Black Lives Matter supporters gather outside the parliament in solidarity with those protesting the death of George Floyd in America on June 03, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa
    Image caption: Black Lives Matter supporters have demonstrated in Cape Town

    South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is to launch an anti-racism campaign on Friday.

    It is meant to show solidarity with protests in the US sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American man, in police custody last month.

    The Black Friday campaign will call on South Africans to wear black every Friday for an unspecified period. It will also highlight the racism and police brutality in South Africa.

    The campaign will be launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the party said in a statement posted on Twitter:

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  5. Mugabe epitomised 'the new African' - ANC

    The life of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's former president, came to epitomise the "new African" of an independent continent, South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has said.

    He was someone who "having shrugged off the colonial yoke, would strive to ensure his country took its rightful place amongst the community of nations", its statement says.

    His Zanu-PF party was an inspiration to the ANC during the years it was fighting South Africa's apartheid government, it added.

    "Throughout his life, the late Comrade Mugabe was an ardent and vocal advocate of African unity and self-reliance and will always be remembered for his rallying cry: 'Africa is for Africans, Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans.'"

    Although the ANC may have differed with Mr Mugabe on some issues, as "fraternal organisations we held as sacrosanct the principle of sovereignty", the statement continues.

    Read the full statement below:

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