South Africa

East London (South Africa) (AFP) The new head of South Africa’s ruling ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged Saturday to “restore the credibility” of the party after a spate of graft scandals involving President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was replaced as party chief by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa in December with the new leader facing an uphill task to recover public support for Africa’s oldest liberation movement ahead of the 2019 elections. “We must restore the integrity and credibility of the ANC,” said the 65-year-old in his first major address to the partyRead More
Centurion (South Africa) (AFP) Indian captain Virat Kohli stood firm against a relentless South African bowling attack on an attritional second day of the second Test at SuperSport Park on Sunday. Kohli made 85 not out as India reached 183 for five at the close in reply to South Africa’s first-innings total of 335. It was tough going for both batsmen and bowlers on a slow pitch on a hot day. Kohli made his runs off 130 balls with eight fours. The Indian skipper was saved by a faint insideRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Branden Grace launched his bid for back-to-back European Tour victories on home soil by firing a lead-sharing 65 in the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club near Johannesburg Thursday. The 29-year-old eight-time winner on the circuit won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City two months ago, his last appearance on the Tour. Grace, who is ranked 30 in the world, shares first place at seven under with American Chase Koepka, a brother of reigning US Open champion Brooks, who lies 306 places lower on the meritRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa’s ruling ANC party met behind closed doors Wednesday as pressure grew on President Jacob Zuma to step down ahead of elections next year when the party risks losing power. Zuma was replaced as party leader by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa in December, and analysts predict Ramaphosa faces an uphill task to recover public support ahead of the 2019 vote. Zuma’s future was not on the official agenda at the ANC national executive committee meeting in the port city of East London, but the party is engulfedRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa’s graft-tainted president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced a probe into corruption at the highest levels of the state after parliament indicated it would this week deliberate procedures for impeachment. Corruption allegations have tarnished Zuma’s image as well as eroded his support base and he was ordered last month to appoint a judicial inquiry into the alleged graft within 30 days. The beleaguered leader has faced growing pressure to resign before his term as president ends in 2019. Zuma’s announcement comes the day before parliament is toRead More
Cape Town (AFP) Eighteen wickets fell in a day as South Africa beat India in the first of three battles between Test cricket’s two leading teams at Newlands on Monday with both captains hailing the pitch’s contribution to the batting carnage. “The pitch was outstanding,” said Indian captain Virat Kohli after South Africa won the first Test by 72 runs with a day to spare. “It was great for Test cricket. Both teams were in the game at different stages. As a team we really enjoyed being part of thisRead More
Cape Town (AFP) Fast bowlers Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi have been added to the South African squad for the second Test against India, starting in Centurion on Saturday, following the injury which has ruled Dale Steyn out of the rest of the series. Olivier, 25, has played in five Test matches with moderate success, while Ngidi, 21, is regarded as one of South Africa’s most promising young bowlers. The two players will vie with several other members of the squad for a place in the starting line-up as SouthRead More
Cape Town (AFP) Rain prevented any play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and India at Newlands on Sunday, but with fine weather expected for the remaining two days there is still a good chance of a result. South Africa were on 65 for two in their second innings — an overall lead of 142 — at the close of play on Saturday. With a potential 98 overs on both Monday and Tuesday, the bowlers of both sides will be hoping for more success onRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) The death toll from one of South Africa’s worst ever rail crashes has risen to 19 including four children, the authorities said Saturday. The passenger train, travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, smashed into a lorry at a level crossing near Kroonstad in central Free State province on Thursday and burst into flames . Provincial health department spokesman Mondli Mvambi said the number of dead had risen to 19 and that work on identifying the victims was continuing. Another 164 people were admitted to hospital after the crashRead More
Cape Town (AFP) South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is likely to miss the rest of the Test series against India after what was described as a “freakish” injury on the second day of the first Test at Newlands on Saturday. It was yet another injury setback for Steyn, who was playing his first match in more than a year after suffering a fractured shoulder in Australia in November 2016. Team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee said what he described as a “freakish” injury was unrelated to bowling workload orRead More