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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...

2009-04-23 17:06:59

The governing party of South Africa said Jacob Zuma, expected to become president, will make the decision about which of his wives will be first lady. The African National Congress said the first lady question is a private matter for Zuma -- the party leader and likely the next president, after his party won a majority in the recent elections -- and his wives, The Guardian (Britain) reported Thursday. Zuma has not made the number of his wives clear, but he has spoken openly about his...

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...

2008-09-22 09:30:00

President Thabo Mbeki went on national television Sunday to announce his resignation and deny that he pressured prosecutors to go after rival Jacob Zuma, whose supporters forced the South African leader from office. Mbeki's departure leaves the ruling African National Congress bitterly divided. - Los Angeles Times the successor An interim president, probably parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, is expected to be named this week. ANC's leader, Jacob Zuma, is likely to run for the office in...


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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