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2009-05-11 09:31:37

Jacob Zuma, the new South African president, has now replaced the health minister who was praised by campaigners for reversing the country's calamitous policy on Aids, with an obscure local medical doctor. Announcing his first cabinet, Zuma demoted Barbara Hogan from the health ministry to the less influential public enterprises portfolio. Medical doctor Aaron Motsoaledi, now serving as a provincial education official, will step in as the new health minister Monday, marking the second change...

2008-11-26 10:59:13

The South African government could have prevented thousands of premature, AIDS-related deaths if it had provided antiretroviral drugs, a U.S. study says. The Harvard University study concluded the policies arose from former President Thabo Mbeki's denial of well-established scientific data about the viral cause of AIDS and the vital role of antiretroviral drugs in treating it, The New York Times reported Wednesday. After Mbeki left office in September, his successor, Kgalema Motlanthe,...

2008-10-20 15:00:13

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he missed power-sharing talks in Swaziland because he was denied a passport by President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change, was scheduled to arrive in Swaziland Monday to discuss the stalemate in power-sharing talks between the MDC and Mugabe's ZANU-PF party. He was set to meet with a regional bloc of nations known as the Southern African Development Community, but failed to arrive...

2008-10-13 09:00:06

By Basildon Peta * MDC ready to walk outof talks after Mugabe grabs top Cabinet posts Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, accused President Robert Mugabe of "power grabbing" and has threatened to pull out of a power share unless Cabinet posts were distributed fairly. Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president, arrives in Harare today to try to break the deadlock and salvage the fragile deal that is designed to end years of political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe....

2008-10-13 06:00:13

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency Former president Thabo Mbeki will travel to Zimbabwe on Monday afternoon to try and resolve a deadlock in power-sharing talks, his spokesman said. "He leaves this afternoon [Monday]," said his spokesman, Mukoni Ratshitanga, adding that Mbeki had been invited by "all the parties in Zimbabwe plus SADC". Mbeki earlier this year negotiated a power-sharing deal in strife- torn Zimbabwe after being...

2008-10-12 00:00:15

By Raymond Whitaker Thabo Mbeki heads for Harare to break deadlock over cabinet posts as opposition MDC cries foul South Africa's former president, Thabo Mbeki, is on his way to Zimbabwe for what may be a final attempt to rescue the peace deal he brokered last month, after President Robert Mugabe sought to appoint members of his Zanu-PF party to every key post in the cabinet. The government-owned Herald newspaper announced yesterday that Mr Mugabe had unilaterally allocated his party...

2008-09-25 12:00:18

South Africa's parliament Thursday appointed Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy president of the African National Congress, as the country's interim president. Motlanthe was sworn in and succeeds outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, who stepped down at the request of the ANC, CNN reported. Motlanthe, who has roots in the country's labor movement, will serve as interim president until next year's general elections, scheduled for April. Mbeki resigned Sunday amid claims of political interference in a...

2008-09-25 09:00:19

South Africa's Parliament is expected to tap Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy leader of the African National Congress, to succeed Thabo Mbeki as president. Lawmakers began voting Thursday to appoint a successor to Mbeki, who resigned Sunday amid claims of political interference in a corruption case against Jacob Zuma, the ANC leader expected to be elected president next year, the BBC reported. Mbeki has denied the allegations but said he was stepping down in the interest of party unity. If...

2008-09-25 09:00:19

Text of report by South African privately-owned, established daily newspaper The Star website on 25 September [Report by Moshoeshoe Monare and Xolani Mbanjwa: "Mbeki Lauded as he Bows Out"] An "emotional and aggrieved" cabinet have paid tribute to Thabo Mbeki for his achievements, defended his integrity to the bitter end and elected Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri as acting president for about 12 hours. The term of office of Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo- Ngcuka,...

2008-09-23 12:00:20

By Claire Soares The ANC leader Jacob Zuma has sought to reassure South Africans there would be a smooth transition of power following the ousting of President Thabo Mbeki, but left them waiting to hear who will act as caretaker-president until next year's elections. Making his first public appearance since the weekend's dramatic events, Mr Zuma said the decision to recall the sitting president had been "difficult and painful" but stressed: "It had to be taken in the interests of making...


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