Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and the governing African National Congress.
The most that may be hoped for from the party's annual statement is evidence of a president who is confident, clear and courageous.
An electronic toll gantry on a Johannesburg highway.
Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg's highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa won’t have free reign when choosing his Cabinet.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has to ensure that reform of critical institutions is placed first. Everything else will be compromised if this fails.
A victory at the polls might not be enough to give President Cyril Ramaphosa the leeway to fix South Africa’s economy.
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party's decline in popular support.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the 13th Cosatu conference.
Electoral support by trade union federation Cosatu has been a huge asset for South Africa's governing ANC.
South African President Jacob Zuma sings before his opening address at the 54th National Conference of the governing ANC.
Zuma's last address to South Africa's governing party, the ANC, as its president, betrayed his strange way of dealing with issues. He came across as delusional and self-indulgent.
There is a fallout between alliance partners the South African Communist Party and the governing ANC.
The South African Communist Party's decision to compete in an election against its alliance partner the ANC is a watershed moment for them, with important implications for the country.
SACP’s Blade Nzimande, left, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
After tiptoeing around the idea of contesting state power South Africa’s Communist Party is looking to strengthen its position now that the ANC is no longer the dominant force it used to be.
Delegates at the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions.
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South Africa's newest trade union federation, Saftu, comes at a time of declining political influence by unions, compared to during the struggle against apartheid. They are also seen as elitist.
Demands to recall South African President Jacob Zuma reached a climax at the governing ANC’s national executive meeting.
There are early signs of the emergence of a third force for good in South Africa in the likes of the Save SA movement and Socio-Economic Future of South Africa convened by the Archbishop of Cape Town.
South African Communist Party general secretary and South Africa’s higher education minister Blade Nzimande addresses the party’s 3rd special congress in Soweto in June.
The SACP is the oldest communist party in Africa, formed in 1921. It is one of only 20 parties which survived the anti-communist purge post independence. Its membership went through cycles over years.