South Africa’s ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state

South Africa’s African National Congress party executive committee has decided to “recall,” or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership.

Since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December, Zuma has faced mounting calls from his party to end his scandal-plagued second term scheduled to run out in mid-2019.

The 75-year-old Zuma has been South Africa’s most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption.

South Africa Anarchist attack

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) protesters targeted six H&M stores in the Gauteng province, where South Africa’s economic hub of Johannesburg is located, tearing down shop displays and throwing clothes around.

In one instance, officers fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

H&M earlier this week issued an apology for the widely criticised ad, which featured a black child modelling a sweatshirt with the slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle”, and said it had removed it from all its marketing.

South Africa is in the top ten most dangerous countries in Africa for personal safety

The latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) paints a pretty grim picture when it comes to personal safety in South Africa. According to the index, South Africa ranks 47th (out of 54) when it comes to personal safety.
The ranking is perhaps not too much a surprise, considering the rising crime levels. Ahead of South Africa is Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Burundi – all countries who have experienced some sort of armed conflict in recent years.
The personal safety category considers different metrics – human trafficking, police service, political violence, safety of the person, social the unrest and crime. South Africa’s scores were broken down as follows (all rankings out of 54):
Human Trafficking – 1st
Police Service – 23rd
Political Violence – 37th
Safety of the Person – 46th
Social Unrest – 50th
Crime – 50th
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Despite these rather grim statistics, South Africa is still ranked in the top 10 in the overall safety and rule of law category. The country comes in at seventh thanks to a strong judicial system, and strong levels of accountability (when compared to other African nations).

Warned by the World Health Organisation

The W.H.O has warned nine countries, the Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, France’s La Réunion, the Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania, to be on high alert for “black death” following an outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar where the global health body confirmed the deaths of more than 100 people.


Photo: Bernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Market in Analakely, Antananarivo, Madagascar (file photo).