African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

A South African minister has criticised African leaders who seek medical treatment abroad. Aaron Motsoaledi condemned “health tourism” while speaking in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who frequently receives treatment in Singapore, had left the meeting of health ministers when Dr Motsoaledi made the comments. Mr Mugabe’s spokesman has said that the president’s doctor “is not only Zimbabwean, he is actually black… He is very, very, very black”. George Charamba made those comments to Zimbabwe’s state-run…

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Shock and fear amid South Africa cannibalism case

Shock and fear amid South Africa cannibalism case

Fear has gripped the village of Shayamoya in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province after the discovery of a decapitated body. The family of Zanele Hlatshwayo, 25, who has been missing since July, believe she was a victim of a cannibalism ring that has so far led to the arrest of five men. Her decomposing body was found after a man who claimed to be a traditional healer handed himself over to police last week and confessed…

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Wife of South Africa’s president fails to hand herself in after assault charge

Wife of South Africa’s president fails to hand herself in after assault charge

Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe, didn’t hand herself over to South African police after a charge of assault was laid against her. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said in an interview with Johannesburg-based broadcaster eNCA earlier on Tuesday Mugabe has handed herself in. “She is not in custody: she was supposed to be and that’s the agreement that was reached,” national police spokesman Vish Naidoo said by phone on Tuesday. “When…

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South Africa no-confidence vote: Zuma ‘on his ninth life’

South Africa no-confidence vote: Zuma ‘on his ninth life’

President Jacob Zuma is celebrating after narrowly surviving his eighth no-confidence vote. He is certainly on his ninth life now. The president will savour his victory after many of his political enemies had written him off. But his celebrations will be short-lived, because unlike previous motions, a lot more of his own MPs voted with the opposition – due to the fact that it was a secret ballot. A few years ago, this would have…

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South African President Jacob Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South African President Jacob Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South African President Jacob Zuma has survived a vote of no confidence in the country’s parliament. African National Congress (ANC) parliamentarians broke into song as the result was announced and party supporters outside began dancing. The parliament’s Speaker, Baleka Mbete, announced the motion had been defeated, with 177 votes in support and 198 votes against. There were nine abstentions. South Africa’s currency, the rand, fell by 1% immediately after the result was announced. Buoyant Zuma…

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Roads blocked as protesters marched against Zuma

Roads blocked as protesters marched against Zuma

Opposition supporters blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks as they protested ahead of a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Demonstrators in Johannesburg and Cape Town held placards which read “fire Zuma” and “no confidence” during a vocal show of opposition against the president, who is facing allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement. If the no-confidence vote passes on Tuesday afternoon, the 75-year-old and his cabinet will be forced to step down….

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South Africa’s president faces a parliamentary vote of no confidence

South Africa’s president faces a parliamentary vote of no confidence

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a parliamentary vote of no-confidence Tuesday in a secret ballot that will test the loyalty of members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC). Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete decided to make the vote private after an opposition party took the case to the Constitutional Court to enable more ANC members of parliament to break party ranks. As head of the party that led South Africa out of apartheid,…

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