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A history of the African National Congress

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A glance at the history of South Africa’s governing African National Congress political party: — -1912: Founding of South African Native National Congress, precursor to the ANC. -1923: Name changed to African National Congress. -1955: The Congress Alliance – of the ANC and Indian, mixed-race and white …

Pictures in the News

Soweto, South Africa — Children at Batsogile Primary School hold signs as they prepare to join in a national singing of happy birthday to beloved former President Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on Wednesday. The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the …

South Africa – Court Orders Investigation Into Allegations of Torture in Zimbabwe – NYTimes.com

A South African judge on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to investigate whether the government of Zimbabwe had committed human rights abuses, saying it would benefit Zimbabweans tortured in their homeland and South Africans determined to see their own government live up to its international responsibilities. The ruling by a High Court …

Mr Gay World comes to Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After Mr. Gay Ethiopia entered the Mr. Gay World contest, his father cut off all communications. Mr. Gay Zimbabwe withdrew, fearing the publicity was making life difficult for his mother. But Mr. Gay Namibia’s family accompanied him to the airport for a warm send-off when he left …

South Africa’s Johannesburg rises again

 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johannesburg dates its beginnings to the discovery of gold in 1886. Its downtown, where skyscrapers tower over deep mines, was abandoned by business in recent decades, and squatters turned the office towers into high-rise slums. But now, as the city celebrates its 125th birthday, creative South Africans …