Ramaphosa Saves The ANC’s Bacon,But This Could Be Its Last Chance

Cyril Ramaphosa has led South Africa’s African National Congress to its sixth electoral victory. But he’s got his work cut out. EPA-EFE/Yeshiel Panchia The African National Congress (ANC) will govern South Africa for another five years. But this sixth victory of the democratic era since 1994 was hard-won. For the first time in a national election its share of the vote dropped beneath 60% to come in at 57.5%. This means that it will have 19 fewer representatives in the 400-seat parliament. This suggests both a normalisation of South Africa’s…

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South Africa: Cape Town Mosque Holds Emergency Meeting Over Noise Complaints

By Jenni Evans Cape Town’s famous Muir Street mosque, in District 6, has been hit with a noise complaint as its congregants mark the holy month of Ramadan. “Yes, we have received a complaint from the City of Cape Town,” said Yunoos Ismail, chairperson of the Zeenatul Islam Masjid. “We are having an emergency meeting tonight,” he said on Saturday morning. He said he did not want to discuss the matter further, until after the board had met to discuss the letter received from the City. The mosque is on…

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South Africa’s election result had few surprises, but one rude awakening

Source:  Quartz AfricaMay 11 2019 By Lynsey Chutel From left to right: Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, President Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the African National Congress, and Mmusi Maimaine, leader of the Democratic Alliance. Reuters It is no surprise that the African National Congress emerged victorious in South Africa’s general election this week, but the changing profile of its rivals shows that political landscape of Africa’s most advanced economy is beginning to transform radically, to the left and the right. Land is the center of both sides of the…

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