South Africa's ruling African National Congress said Wednesday the party would drop the lawsuit it filed over a portrait of President Jacob Zuma that shows his genitals.
A lawyer breaks down sobbing in court. The president's children sit in the public gallery. The secretary general of the ruling party, the African National Congress, sits behind them. Outside, military veterans and riot police hold back crowds dancing in support of the president. This is no normal high court case hearing.
A risque portrait of President Jacob Zuma continues to stir emotions in South Africa. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Thousands of people are expected to march Tuesday in South Africa to protest a portrait of President Jacob Zuma that shows his genitals.
The man who helped engineer a transition to majority rule says South Africa's constitution and democracy are in danger.
The last white president of South Africa said the post-apartheid land is still trekking toward prosperity for all and a better democracy.
South Africa's ruling party has suggested changes to controversial "state protection" legislation that critics say is a threat to press freedom and anti-corruption efforts.
CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on the battle to protect media freedom in South Africa.
South Africa's ruling African National Congress denied Tuesday the appeal of its youth leader, Julius Malema, expelling him.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse takes a look at the career of South Africa's controversial politician, Julius Malema.
South Africa's ruling party banned its controversial youth leader Julius Malema from taking part in any party activities Wednesday, after he gave a speech that was critical of President Jacob Zuma.
A stampede on a university campus in Johannesburg Tuesday left one woman dead and several people injured, according to eyewitness reports.
Robyn Curnow talks with Tokyo Sexwale, a senior ANC executive member, ahead of the 100th anniversary celebration.
The African National Congress marks its 100th anniversary this weekend, a milestone for the liberation movement that helped end apartheid in South Africa.
South Africa's National Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that critics say is a threat to journalistic freedom and anti-corruption efforts.
S. Africa's nat'l assembly passed legislation some say is a threat to journalistic freedom and anti-corruption efforts.
Security will be stepped up Thursday ahead of what is expected to be one of the biggest anti-poverty protests since democracy came to South Africa in 1994.
A discussion about "The Bang Bang Club," starring Ryan Phillipe as Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Greg Marinovich.
Togolese security forces fired rubber bullets and canisters of tear gas in Lome Thursday to prevent opposition militants from holding street demonstrations against the government's attempt to regulate public protests.
CNN's Robyn Curnow meets Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance and Premier of the Western Cape Province.
Tough and charismatic, South African opposition leader Helen Zille is one the country's most powerful women.
Ubuntu: it's a treasured Bantu word roughly translated as "unity". But unity doesn't quite do it justice. Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee defined it as a concept meaning, "I am what I am because of who we all are." During South Africa's decades long struggle against apartheid, ubuntu meant unity of purpose of the country's black majority against a brutally oppressive system. It meant the assertion of humanity in the face of an inhuman system.
Schools in South Africa will reopen Tuesday after unions representing more than 1.3 million workers in the country suspended a three-week-old strike that has crippled hospital services, closed schools and wreaked havoc on other public services.
The unions representing more than 1.3 million workers in South Africa have suspended a three-week old strike that crippled hospital services, closed schools and wreaked havoc on other public services, according to a statement Monday from the groups.
A public sector workers strike causes misery for those seeking care in South Africa. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Six weeks ago South Africa was basking in the afterglow of hosting a successful soccer World Cup that lawmakers boasted would add millions of dollars to the national economy.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse takes a look back on the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's prison release.
South Africa's president has apologized for fathering a child out of wedlock after his admission prompted an outcry from critics who said he was undermining the nation's health campaign.
South Africa is condemning Canada's decision to grant asylum to white a South African. CBC's Krista Erickson reports.
The Canadian government hopes to overturn a decision granting refugee status to a white South African who says he would face persecution at home, a spokesman for Canada's immigration minister said Friday.
An attorney for a white South African man says his client was rightfully granted refugee status in Canada because he was the victim of racial violence and discrimination in his homeland.
The parliament of South Africa elected Jacob Zuma as the nation's president Wednesday.
A voter shares her feelings with CNN's Robyn Curnow about the ANC and a new player, Congress of the People.
South Africans headed to the polls Wednesday, in elections that the ruling African National Congress is expected to win in a landslide.
There are 40 parties vying in South Africa's elections, with 26 participating nationally and 14 provincially. Though South Africa's opposition parties remain generally weak, the ruling African National Congress worries that, collectively, they may eat away at its majority.
The ruling African National Congress is expected to win Wednesday's elections in South Africa by a landslide, but polls predict it might lose its two-thirds parliamentary majority.
Jacob Zuma will almost certainly become South Africa's next president despite controversy, as CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.
ANC president Jacob Zuma will not be prosecuted for corruption. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.
South Africans will hold general elections on April 22, the president announced Tuesday in Parliament, setting the stage for a campaign that will see the leading contender running despite his pending legal problems.
Corruption proceedings against Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa's ruling party, have been provisionally postponed until August 25, the High Court said Wednesday.
The head of a breakaway faction of South Africa's ruling party told thousands of cheering supporters Saturday that the African National Congress had turned the country's post-apartheid hope into despair with corrupt, incompetent and divisive policies
Reversing years of inaccurate government policies, South African Health Minister Barbara Hogan is spreading the truth about AIDS
Irreconcilable differences between supporters of ex-President Thabo Mbeki and those of his rival Jacob Zuma may lead to the creation of a new party
An angry exchange of public denunciations between top leaders of the ANC suggests that some Mbeki loyalists may be planning to quit the party
South Africa's Parliament chose the deputy president of the ruling ANC party, Kgalema Motlanthe, as interim president Thursday to replace outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, the African National Congress said.
Thabo Mbeki's resignation could test South Africa's stability as CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.
Analysis: The political infighting between Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma has broken the ruling party's grip on the moral authority of a liberation movement
Kgalema Motlanthe, a former political prisoner and middle-ground consensus-builder, is expected to become South Africa's interim leader as it transitions to a Jacob Zuma presidency
Ten South African ministers and the deputy president have resigned as President Thabo Mbeki prepares to leave office.
The South African President's resignation opens the path to power for rival Jacob Zuma amidst questions about his country's future course
South Africa's ruling African National Congress party is to name deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe as the successor to President Thabo Mbeki Monday, two government sources have told CNN.
CNN's Ralitsa vassileva talks to a professor about South Africa's political issues after President Thabo Mbeki resigned.
South African President Thabo Mbeki announced his formal resignation Sunday during a televised address but did not say when he would leave office.
The leadership of the ruling African National Congress party in South Africa's call for President Thabo Mbeki to resign means the end of an era in South African politics.
The ruling ANC forces the President's resignation amid fierce party infighting over a court case against his chef rival
South African President Thabo Mbeki agreed Saturday to resign, clearing the way for his longtime political rival, Jacob Zuma, to run for the office next spring.
ANC president Jacob Zuma, frontrunner to lead the country, is facing renewed corruption charges
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is to be removed from a U.S. terrorism watch list under a bill President Bush signed Tuesday.
A pogrom against migrants reveals the social strain of a post-apartheid "miracle" that did not help the poor
Zimbabwe's election crisis will "explode" if other nations fail to take action, the leader of South Africa's ruling party said Wednesday.
CNN talks with Jacob Zuma about plans to form a unity government in Zimbabwe.
An opposition protest action fizzles, as fear of violence and poverty discourages people from staying away from work
The embattled police commissioner in South Africa appeared in court Friday in a case that casts light on a controversy between the country's ruling political party and an elite anti-crime squad.
Critics say the Scorpions, a police unit in South Africa, are a victim of their success. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Despite a checkered political career, Jacob Zuma is elected leader of the governing ANC. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
South African prosecutors on Tuesday denied claims that President Thabo Mbeki influenced their indictment of newly elected African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma.
The new leader of South Africa's ANC urges unity but does not mention the cloud of corruption charges hanging over him.
Two days after he was elected leader of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma brushed aside a threat by South Africa's chief prosecutor to charge him with corruption.
The triumph of Jacob Zuma in the race to lead the ANC marks a stunning veto of the course charted by its leader
Appealing for unity and taking a jab at his political rival, South African President Thabo Mbeki made a last-ditch attempt on Sunday to rescue his political career as he addressed a conference of the governing party.
As the ANC gathers to elect its leader, a new round of corruption allegations are leveled against the leading contender, Jacob Zuma
The justice system becomes a battleground for a power struggle within the ruling party
The once-banned political party that helped bring freedom to apartheid-era South Africa now stands accused of stifling democracy in that country's Mother City.
South Africa is the economic and political powerhouse of the African continent. The country's broad-based development has put it on the cusp of becoming a first-world nation.
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