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2008-09-22 03:00:02

Text of report by London-based opposition newzimbabwe.com website on 22 September [Report by Clare Nullis: "Mbeki Resigns After Losing Power Struggle"] South African President Thabo Mbeki told the nation Sunday that he had resigned, having lost a power struggle to a rival tainted by allegations of corruption but poised now to lead the country. In a sombre but dignified speech focusing on the successes and shortcomings of his nine-year presidency, Mbeki said he had submitted a letter to...

2008-09-21 18:00:12

Text of report by press release service of South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency [Statement Issued by the Democratic Alliance on the SAP PR Wire Service] 21 September 2008 President Mbeki made a dignified resignation speech. He used the opportunity to spell out the points of his Presidency for which he wishes to be remembered, and to differ with the opinion expressed by Judge Chris Nicholson in the judgment of 12 September 2008. This judgment gave the Jacob Zuma faction the...

2008-09-20 15:00:18

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency [Report by Mirah Langer] JOHANNESBURG Sept 20 - While the ANC said president Thabo Mbeki's agreement to resign on Saturday will help stabilise the country, some opposition parties and analysts expressed deep concerns for its ramifications for SA [South Africa]. Addressing the media at the Esselen Park conference centre in Kempton Park on the East Rand, African National Congress secretary- general...

2008-09-20 12:00:08

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency The United Democratic Movement has condemned the manner in which the ANC recalled President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday, describing it as "an act of political barbarity." "To remove the head of state like this is an act of political barbarity that threatens to plunge the country into anarchy," Bantu Holomisa said in a statement on Saturday. The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania said the ANC decision was...

2006-03-05 06:36:36

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A newly elected councillor for South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) was shot dead late on Saturday in what police said could be a politically motivated killing after last week's local government polls. The councillor was shot while sleeping at a house in the country's eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the traditional stronghold of the opposition Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which saw its support eroded in Wednesday's municipal election. "There were...

2006-02-27 10:26:21

By Gershwin Wanneburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling ANC looks set to overcome growing public anger over poor services, graft and its own internal divisions to secure another sweeping victory in Wednesday's local government elections, analysts say. With the opposition limited to narrow campaigns along race or class lines, the anti-apartheid party once led by Nelson Mandela appears to be keeping its hold -- for now -- on South African voter loyalty. Several townships...

2006-02-21 09:42:22

By Gordon Bell MACASSAR, South Africa (Reuters) - On the face of it President Thabo Mbeki was having a great time as he took his ruling ANC's campaign for March 1 local elections to poor townships of South Africa's Western Cape on Tuesday. Residents of this mixed-race township outside Cape Town mobbed Mbeki as he walked through the streets, but many others were grumbling loudly about poor municipal services. Complaints over lack of or deteriorating basic services have dogged Mbeki's...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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