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Sep 13, 2017 12:30am BST
—wife, are vying to replace him. my guest is former interim president of south africa and anc stalwart, kgalema motlanthe. are the most respected anc members ready to contemplate a new political home? kgalema motlanthe, welcome to hardtalk. thank you. thank you, stephen. thanks to the viewers. it's a pleasure to have you here. and if i may, i'll start with some of your own very well chosen words, from a year ago. back then, you said "if the anc is no longer addressing the problems of our people, well, we may as well begin writing its obituary." have you written its obituary? not yet. not yet, you know, because the obituary really is to be written by the people themselves. do you think it is inevitable? it is not inevitable. it's not inevitable. it depends on how the anc positions itself and how it renews itself, and how it connects to the people and begin to understand that it exists for sole purpose of addressing the concerns of the people. well, what the people have seen since you said that rather damning statement, what the people have seen is a raft of allegations, which can loosel
BBC News
Aug 17, 2017 4:30am BST
time for hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk, i'm stephen sackur. for more than two decades, the anc has been south africa's impregnable political structure, but now cracks are appearing. at least 30 anc mps defied the party whip and supported a no confidence motion against party leader and national president, jacob zuma. cue bitter recriminations. my guest today is pravin gordhan, the man president zuma sacked as finance minister in controversial circumstances earlier this year. does the anc need to be broken up to enable south africa to thrive? pravin gordhan in johannesburg, welcome to hardtalk thank you, thank you for having me. long distance as it might be. let's consider what is happening in your country today and particularly the fallout from the motion of no—confidence against president jacob zuma, which didn't succeed, but got 177 votes, which was significant. it clearly included a substantial number of anc mps. how toxic is the atmosphere inside the anc as a result of that vote? there certainly is an active debate and discussion of ideas. to answer questions that you have rai
BBC News
May 4, 2017 4:30am BST
, i'm stephen sackur. south africa's anc was once seen as an inspirational model for africa. now it's becoming a watchword for infighting, cronyism, corruption and the dangers of one—party rule. president jacob zuma stands accused of abusing his power notjust by his enemies but by many erstwhile anc colleagues. my guest today, fikile mbalula, was made police minister in a recent controversial cabinet sha keup. as the scandals pile—up, are we witnessing the slow death of the anc? fikile mbalula, welcome to hardtalk. let's begin with a simple question, there is no doubt the anc government is in crisis, who do you believe has the responsibility for that crisis? well, i wouldn't say it is a crisis. i would say we are undergoing some challenges in relation to what is happening now. and i think it is a test of time, which has happened not only now, over a period of time anc has been tested. it has emerged victorious at each turning point in terms of its history. well, you call it a challenge, i call it a crisis. i don't know what other word you could use when even the vice president sug
Aug 8, 2017 2:00pm PDT
and it -- anc party might vote against him. some did, but not enough to remove the president. >> and therefore, the motion of no-confidence in the president is accordingly negative. critics and the -- >> anc! reporter: in a surprise move, a secret ballot. the opposition hoped that would boost the anti-zuma vote within his own anc, that that was not enough. just a few minutes after his victory, supporters cheered their president. mired in corruption scandals, the veteran leader had once again beaten off his opponents. >> the anc is there. it is powerful. it is difficult to defeat the anc. reporter: outside parliament, the opposition insisted the vote is damaging to zuma because some of his own anc members voted against him. >> do the right thing and resign. he clearly has not got the mandate of his party. people today voted to say zuma must go. reporter: earlier in the day, thousands of protesters had marched on parliament to demand zuma's removal. he may have won the vote, but his victory will do little to boost his popularity on the streets. sarah: for more, we are joined by christi
BBC News
Dec 17, 2017 12:00am GMT
this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. our top stories: as south africa's ruling anc party decides on its next leader, presidentjacob zuma says the future of the party is at stake. austria's new leader outlines his programme with his far—right coalition partner. the 54th national conference is taking place at a time when our movement is at a crossroads. the united nations security council considers a resolution which would challenge president trump's recognition of jerusalem challenge president trump's recognition ofjerusalem as the capital of israel. austria's new leader outlines his programme with his far—right coalition partner. he says he'll be pro—eu, but tougher on illegal immigration. romania's last monarch, who was forced to abdicate by the communist leadership seventy years ago, is buried with full state honours in bucharest. hello, and welcome to bbc world news. south african president jacob zuma has warned that the ruling african national congress is at a crossroads. he was speaking as delegates met to choose his successor as party leader. the main contenders to succe
Al Jazeera
May 11, 2014 11:30am EDT
election that brought nelson mandela to power. under jacob zuma, the anc has won it's fifth term. it has blamed political problems on the country's media, particularly the printed press, which the ruling party says is fixated on the negative and not the anc's accomplishments. switch on the state-owned broadcaster where most get their news and it's usually a different story. the sabc came under fire for refusing to air campaign as of the main opposition party, the democratic aliance, the da. the network dismissed the ads as a publicblicity stunt that violated broadcast regulations. the da accused the sabc of censorship. 20 years into the new south africa, there are racial sub plots. the country remains divided just not the way that it once was. our starting point this week is pretoria. . >> the people in this country depend on the sabc for news. it isn't easy to put your message on public broadcast. >> the media has been favorable. media has become synonymous with opposition. >> critical because the anc. it's the ruling party. >> four voices on the south african media and the coverage of
BBC News
Dec 16, 2017 9:00pm GMT
this is bbc world news today, i am chris rogers, a top stories: as south africa's ruling anc party decides on its next leader, jacob zuma warns of challenges ahead and the need to unite. the fourth national conference is taking place ata time national conference is taking place at a time when our movement is at a crossroads. the new austrian leader outlines his programme with his far right coalition partner. he says he will be pro eu but tougher on illegal immigration. romania's last monarch, forced to abdicate by the common to leadership 70 years ago, is buried with full state honours in bucharest. hello and welcome to world news today. south african presidentjacob zuma has warned that the ruling african national congress is at a crossroads. he was speaking as delegates met to choose a successor as party leader. we can look at the main contenders to succeed him. they are deputy present cyril ramaphosa and and a former cabinet minister, dr dlamini—zuma. president zuma's called for an end to party infighting. fergal keenan has more. —— fergal keane. not since the anc came to p
Al Jazeera
May 10, 2014 2:00pm EDT
been declared the winner in south africa's general election. the anc has fallen just short of a two-thirds minority taking 62% of that vote. it secured 249 seats in the national assembly, losing 15 seats. >> that's the lowest number its held in 20 years. leading opposition party, the democratic alliance, picked up less than a quarter of the votes but it actually made the biggest gains in parliament, securing 89 seats, 22 more representatives than the last election. and that's the highest number it has ever held. president jacob zuma says terror. >> tod today marks the 20th anniversary of the day on which president nelson mandel a /*a was the first. we dedicate our victory to mat i have a's memory and pledge to continue to take forward his legacy and those of his peers working with all our people. >> the latest from johan he isburg. we will talk about the numbers in just a moment. but first, there is a celebration going on behind you. tell us what the atmosphere is like >> reporter: there is definitely a big party going on here. look at that. thousands of people in a tiny square in t
BBC News
Dec 16, 2017 2:00am GMT
duncan golestani. our top stories: south africa's governing anc is preparing to vote for a new leader to replace president jacob zuma. the british prime minister theresa may says the agreement of eu leaders to begin the second phase of brexit talks is an "important step" on the road to a smooth withdrawal from the eu. eu leaders warn that the upcoming talks will be even harder. austria's conservative party agrees to form a coalition with the far—right freedom party. wildfires in california are continuing to burn out of control — scorching an area larger than new york city and paris combined. and: a rare skeleton of a woolly mammoth goes up for auction in france. hello. south africa's governing african national congress is preparing this weekend to pick a new party leader to replace jacob zuma — who is also the country's president. the anc is still the dominant political force, but has faced a loss of public trust. president zuma is also facing corruption allegations — which he denies — and there are warnings that the party could split as the country faces mounting economic c
BBC News
Dec 18, 2017 5:00am GMT
unity, this has been a bitter leadership battle. the anc came to power 23 years ago, and this election is seen as a pivotal moment for the party. soaring unemployment and allegations of corruption have fuelled frustration towards south africa's ruling party. two candidates are vying for the votes of nearly 5,000 delegates, to succeed president jacob zuma as the party's leader. as things stand, comrades, we have two candidates for the position of president — comrade cyril ramaphosa and comrade nkosaza na dlamini—zuma. nkosaza na dlamini—zuma is the ex—wife of jacob zuma, and is promising to put more of the country's economy and land back in black hands. she is a former foreign and health minister, but critics say she is too close to jacob zuma. cyril ramaphosa is currently the deputy president, and is running on an anticorru ption ticket. he is backed by the business community, and analysts say he is most popular with the middle classes. we're here to support cyril ramaphosa to become our next president, to clean the anc from corruption. we support comrade nkosazana dla
Al Jazeera
May 4, 2014 3:00am EDT
anc plans to hold its final rally ahead of polls next week. >>> and floyd "money" mayweather shows his class once more in las vegas. >> welcome back to al jazeera. our top stories. search teams have given up hope of finding any more survivors of a landslide that swept through the northeast. more than 2,000 people are reported missing and 4,000 others have been displaced. a cease-fire in the city of homs is holding while groups agreed to stop fighting and leaving strongholds by sunday. at least three people have been killed, a grenade was thrown at a passenger bus while a second blast was near a resort. south africa's elections just a few days away preparations for the final campaign rallies are under way. economic hardshi hardship. >> people are filing into th ine rally. 90,000 people stadium. the anc say they are trying to fill it. they say a lot of people will come to this rally. >> they are excited about voting on may 7th. >> apartheid ended 20 years ago. the ruling national congress still has a lot of support it's clear somewhere along the line they have failed us and we need t
BBC News
Aug 13, 2017 11:30am BST
pass. i think what we are seeing now is signs within the anc that out of their own self—interest, they recognise, you have... the greater tragedy than president zuma himself who after all has raised corruption to an artform, he is about to answer 750 separate... he denies all the charges. i want it on the record that they are not true as well. all i'm saying is that he has held that position consistently, the party has stood by him. i covered south africa in the final stage of apartheid and i went back when mandela was released. if you take this trajectory, firstly from mandela's miraculous period in rule, where there were, even mandela recognises these huge economic, racial and social issues, and he navigated that. you could argue that even under mbeki, although not his chosen successor, he would have preferred... you could argue that even under mbeki, although not his chosen successor, he would have preferred cyril ramaphosa. we have got to see these in the historical prism. what has served him is really that historical track of anc. that is the only way he was able to stay. it
Dec 16, 2012 5:30am PST
delegates at a conference right now. >> the director of was the 1942 conference that the anc should have 1 million members. in other words, there is no member that has not paid his dues. if we say they are in good standing. the anc remains popular with the masses about our people, not only to vote for it, but to join it as members. we may be the only organization that is growing all the time. not staffed by a few members, but many. today, december 16, is the day in which the anc launched the season in 1961. in south africa, we marked the 16th as the national day of reconciliation, \. . >> our reporter is there. what can you tell us about what was said and how is he being received? >> we have seen a confident jacob zuma. he was doing what he does so well. he has the talent for waking up a room. the anc has a lot of issues to deal with and a lot of infighting. when coverage started, some delegates stood up and had issues with the president and the anc. he was cleverly told to be quiet. we are seeing some people who were booing him in the background. people are happy with this conferen
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm PST
congress. started in 1912, the anc was created to peacefully advocate for political rights for south africa's blacks. mandela sees the future of the organization. >> he said we at the anc wanted to be a mass organization, and we needed a mass leader. and wen thun day nelson mandela walked into his office. he realized that's the guy. >> reporter: he becomes mandela's mentor and encourages him to earn a law degree. he also introduces mandela to his young cousin, evelyn masi. the two marry in 1946 and welcomed their first child, a son, that same year. their family will eventually grow to include another son and a daughter. another daughter had been born in 1947 but died within a year. racism and segregation had existed in south africa for as long as there had been white settlers, the majority of them were descendants of the dutch and call themselves afrikaners. in 1948 the national party sweeps boo powers and codifies those apartheid policies into law. >> they were trying to achieve this kind of ethnic fragmentation of the country here in order to give the afrikaner nation its own homel
Dec 18, 2017 2:00pm PST
harrak. good to have you with us. in south africa, the ruling anc is preparing to announce who will take over from jacob zuma as party leader. voting took place overnight, and it has been a tight race between two front runners, the deputy president, cyril ramaphosa, and former minister nkosazana dlamini-zuma, jacob zuma's ex-wife. it is widely regarded as a pivotal moment for the country. whoever wins will be well placed to become south africa's next president in the 2019 general election. all right. here to explore what this all means is dw's christine mondo. good to have you with us. talk to us about these contenders. what does a broadly represent? christine: if you look at cyril ramaphosa, you have an astute negotiator. he was meant to succeed nelson mandela for the presidency. when that did not happen, he went into business. he has become south africa's richest man and has come back to politics over the last five years. it was clear he was coming to take over for the presidency. cyril ramaphosa is speaking to business in south africa. he is saying all the right things. he is tal
BBC News
Aug 8, 2017 6:50pm BST
. they came in the numbers to demonstrate that in the anc is powerful, bake and difficult to defeat. i'm sure you remember that today the vote of no—confidence is the eighth one. always they try. that was president jacob vote. angina by the director of programmes thatis angina by the director of programmes that is social economic research institute. the vote was not close, but it was quite close. it was surprisingly close. i don't think anyone expected it and any mathematical approach you can't erupt, even though it has a secret vote and we don't know who voted each way, if use of track the number of opposition mps from the total number, it appears that at least 26 anc mps voted with the opposition, which shows the amount of fracture and division within the mainstream of the anc. i think it is quite surprising and their doors think the anc expected this. it now needs to go back to thejohn board and think about how to respond, because the opposition is going to claim that this is a victory for them, even though they did not manage to this large president zuma because as a crisis in
May 7, 2014 7:00pm PDT
that the two groups. is this ticket. i need to be put in station where the anc's formidable with the machine may not see the president's job. anger over the twenty three million dollars in money spent on upgrading its high the homestead security guard say some of the beginning of the entrance to move down the line. more broadly. what does the selection say about the so called rainbow nations dna. an emerging drinks giant foreign country dragged down by cronyism crime and poverty today in the fall spent yet to be looking in sa from his boat and with this talk about a topic and music producer and dj mo on the welcome back to the show. he didn't think you are welcome as well to a journalist mr didn't earn enough author of in french and don't turn outs of a light to turn off the lake apprentice by peter gabriel time and it's just awesome and on and pretend to be with this promo code conway south africa of the government's head of diplomacy place in manila thank you for joining us from cape town were pleased to welcome political analyst daniel still. and from johannesburg raider and clark
BBC America
May 9, 2014 7:00am EDT
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Al Jazeera
Jan 8, 2016 10:00pm EST
called home for more than 20 years. >> we thought anc would change things when they took over. we thousandth aparthei thought r but look where we're living now. >> reporter: to try and appease an increasingly agitated poor black majority waiting for decent gomps. the angovernance. president jacob zuma could face replace many. the rand is still struggling to recover after president zuma sacked two finances ministers. >> the anc needs to prove to the world that it knows what it's doing and that with just a brief moment, an accident, let's put it that way. that's what it has to prove. so that is a very big challenge that it is faced with. >> reporter: the anc inherited a divided society, the living standards of the majority black population were inferior to whites. a lot more people have access to running water and electricity but millions still need basic services. the anc says delivering them is a huge task. >> the economy isn't growing and therefore can't create jobs. the anc will find ourselves in 2016 at a time when we need oapply austerittoapply austerit. >> want president zuma
BBC News
Dec 18, 2017 5:30am GMT
asia. south africa's ruling anc party is electing a new leader. deputy president cyril ramaphosa or nkosazana dlamini—zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex—wife of president zuma, will replace the current president. but whoever wins faces a monumental challenge of reviving investor confidence in south africa and revitalising an economy which has been left in tatters by zuma. the current president inherited an economy in distress in 2009, but he also made it worse. under his leadership, which has been defined by corruption and the weakening of the country's institutions, south africa has endured two economic recessions in less than a decade. unemployment stands at a whopping 27.7%, the growth forecast for this year isjust 0.7%, and government debt is more than two trillion rand. the dire state of the economy and its level of debt have led s&p and fitch to cut sa's credit rating to junk, while moody's is keeping it just above junk status, but on review. at the conference president zuma was bowing out gracefully. the fact that you gave me this responsibility, i would like to thank
BBC News
Dec 16, 2017 4:00pm GMT
africa's president jacob zuma warns the anc that its very survival is under threat — as it meets to choose a new leader. a leading brexit—supporting mp says he's unhappy about the idea of britain staying in the single market and customs union during any transition period. the renowned scientist and television presenter heinz wolff has died at the age of 89. his son says describes him as having a natural sense of fun. the person that people saw when they met him was the person that we knew at home, his sense of humour, his curiosity, his enthusiasm, that was oui’ curiosity, his enthusiasm, that was our father. the ashes are slipping away from england. australia captain steve smith hits a double century, as his side takes complete control of the third test in perth. and in half an hour — dateline london reflects on the movement in brexit talks, and asks whether the election of a democrat in alabama really is a blow to donald trump. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. police investigating the deaths of 75—year—old canadian billionaire and his wife have said that the circu
Aug 5, 2016 5:30am PDT
iraq and syria. concedesica's anc defeat in its worst electoral showing since the end of apartheid. the opposition democratic alliance picks up the vote. molly: it has been seven years in the making, and now in just a few hours' time, rio de janeiro will officially open the 31st summer olympics. organizers are hoping to put on a big show, one that would help forget about the issues running up to the games, the poor economy, the zika outbreak, as well as political instability. there is still excitement that is running incredibly high there. this is the only big torch. extending a tour of the city to the rhythm of some bus schools. locals in rio de janeiro are getting into the swing of things. close to the stadium for the on the big ceremony. i parade every year, but this was a surprise for me, and it was very exciting, a feeling i will hold on to for the rest of my life. rio'sh above the city, most recognizable symbol became just a little more brazilian. >> illuminated with open arms, ready to receive all in rio de janeiro, which transforms today in a major world capital, the capita
BBC News
Dec 18, 2017 8:30am GMT
leader of the anc. but does this herald a new era for the distressed economy? live from london, that's our top story on business live, on monday 18th december. we're live injohannesburg to assess whether a new political future can revive investor confidence and kick—start the troubled economy. also in the programme... donald trump's much—hyped tax cuts move a step closer, but will they really create jobs and lure back big business to the us? and ahead of the holiday week — traders sign off, but they'll be keeping an eye on eurozone inflation due later and us growth figures expected later in the week. and we'll be getting the inside track on culture vultures — and how technology has changed the way we book tickets to concerts, the cinema or theatre. also, we want to know... facebook finally admits social media can harm mental health, but says post more to improve wellbeing — what do you think? just use the hashtag bbcbizlive. let's get this right, facebook says it could harm mental health, but also it says to solve that, you should post more? let us know what you think
Dec 15, 2017 5:30pm PST
"bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, anticipation in johannesburg as the anc prepares a new leader to replace jacob zuma. nasa has discovered an eighth distantircling around a star, making it the first solar system to host as many planets as our own. nasa says the star, known as harder than the sun. the newly found planetary system is arranged like ours with the smallest planets nearest the stars and the biggest furthest away. the discovery was made with the help of an artificial intelligence techniques. >> astronomers have discovered more than 3000 planets circling other stars come but very few of these distant planetary systems resemble our own. now achieved using the kepler space telescope has confirmed the existence of 8 planets around a single star. seven of these were already known, but experts trained a software program to recognize known planets. the program searched through raw data and identified a previously unknown world. >> the new planet we found, kepler-90i, is the smallest of the bunch, and orbits outside the inner to planets. it is probably ro
Al Jazeera
Dec 8, 2013 11:00pm EST
divided by apartheid. >> the anc has two options, continue doing same, which is the political party it is now, or it can make itself into a party of the 21st century. so it has to think about the young voters, the people who were born after apartheid, born even in the 1990s who are now the youngest voters in south africa, those are the voters that it has to create a strategy for, the voters they have to convince to go to the polls and vote. >> this is a crossroads isn't it? >> yes, it is a crossroads, it cannot claim just to be the party that liberated south africa, it has to create more positive claims. >> it can't rely on nelson mandela and its history. >> right. but it's about the history of libertying south africa from white rule. it is a history that doesn't build houses. it is a history that builds clinics and makes schools run. they have to try to put in place the kind of civil service that delivers that. >> because searveg has a lot of -- searve south africa has af problems it is dealing with. how much of that should be blamed on the anc, the ruling party? >> it's a bit of a
Al Jazeera
Apr 1, 2016 2:00pm EDT
that landmark ruling on the constitutional court of the top six of the anc. these are really the decision-makers, and although, yes, south africa is a constitutional democracy, it has a large parliamental national assembly. the anc vastly dominates that parliament. it's the top fit for the anc that makes the decisions that are key to this country's present state and its future. those top six include the president, whose deputy of the party, the treasurer and speaker of the house. after that urge the meeting, the president has addressed the nation live and we'll hear soon in the next half hour or so from the african national congress. earlier in the day we heard the anc's women's league come out very much in support of the president and also the youth league. for the moment very much in public they are sticking by their man, although we wait to see the exact wording of the statement to be released in the next half hour or so. >> we do indeed. tania, thank you. >>> the u.s. president barack obama has announced 102 nations ratified a treaty on the protection of nuclear material. the
Aug 8, 2017 2:30pm PDT
requested by the opposition with the aim of protecting anc mps who wanted to vote against their own parties we she's. they s.. one hundred and seventy seven. moon moon. one hundred and ninety. in melbourne victory for prison suma the party leaders was relieved. we have. had defeated ted to this motion. and to us that this is their most important aspect. are the initials of close within the african national congress then amended is so that we need to do. instead of collective. this was the most recent attempt to oust the seventy five year old. he's been accused of spending public funds in controversial security upgrades to he's private residence. this vote was perhaps the biggest sign of mr zuma's fading support. being his own party. it's believed around forty anc mps voted against him. leaving opposition leaders encouraged. it was a close vote and i believe that the unity of the opposition. she holds today that we can collaborate and so the people of this country. that who willing to work together this is not the last bethel. we're going to continue this fight. prisons rumor has bee
Aug 5, 2016 2:30pm PDT
african national congress has recorded its worst ever performance in local elections. the anc has admitted defeat in the key battleground of nelson mandela bay, which includes the city of port elizabeth. this report from johannesburg. reporter: the governing anc has been handed its first major election setback since it ushered in democracy in 1994. this is the first time the party of nelson mandela won less than 60%, an embarrassment and a major psychological blow, even though it still commands huge support countrywide. >> there have been other issues that affected the african national congress but broadly, the anc has done well. against all odds. reporter: but infighting, court cases, and a host of corruption scandals, some involving president jacob zuma, are widely seen as the reason for the anc's weakening support. >> what i would say to anc is they need to learn from their opposition, they need to take it the citizens of africa very seriously. reporter: the municipal election results show that the anc's power and influence is slowly declining. the party is coming to the realiz
BBC News
Dec 16, 2017 12:00am GMT
installed in his place. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: battle for the heartland of the anc as south africa's ruling party votes for a new leader and to regain public trust. after eight months on the run, saddam hussein has been tracked down and captured by american forces. saddam hussein is finished because he killed our people, our women, our children. the signatures took only a few minutes but they brought a formal end to 3.5 years of conflict that has claimed over 200,000 lives. before an audience of world leaders, the presidents of serbia, bosnia and croatia put their names to the peace agreement. the romanian border was sealed and silent today. romania has cut itself off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the presumed massacre in timisoara from leaking out. from sex at the white house to a trial for his political life. the lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed bill clinton his place in history as only the second president ever to be impeached. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: austria has become the only western country in europe with a far—rig
Jan 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
powers who led the resistance to apartheid, which was the anc. it never dawned on me that that was not the case. and i didn't know that that was not the case until paul called and we met in my home. and he explained to me that he had this crisis or this obstacle before him. simon: harry said, "you should talk to the anc." so when i met with the anc i said, "hey i have no fight with the anc we have no fight with the anc. we support the anc, we'd be willing to do concerts for you." and they said, "look, here's the problem. you went to south africa but you didn't ask us. and the way we're structured is, you have to ask the anc if you're going to do anything." so i said, "oh, really? so is that the kind of government you're going to be? you know, so does that mean we'll have to show you what kind of lyrics we're going to write? or if the musicians union decides to vote this way and you don't like the way they vote, then you'll change it around?" i mean, that's just a government that just... you're gonna [bleep] the artists like all kinds of governments. what are we talking about here?
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Oct 26, 2017 4:30am BST
africa's ruling party the anc chooses a successor for league of presidentjacob chooses a successor for league of president jacob zuma. corruption allegations denied by the president continued to swell, but he has survived them all. albie sachs is another survivor, but one of a different kind. he survived imprisonment, exile, and being blown up imprisonment, exile, and being blown up by imprisonment, exile, and being blown up by the country's security forces, and he helped write the postapartheid constitution. and he helped write the posta pa rtheid constitution. he thinks it is one of the world's best, so why do others, especially the young, say that the constitution is against us, especially if you are poor? albie sachs, welcome to hardtalk. you defended black south africans under apartheid laws. you are in prison under those laws yourself. you then helped write the most fundamental law of all, the constitution for postapartheid south africa, and then sat on the constitutional court to enforce that constitution. is there enough respect, do you think, for the law in south africa to
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Dec 16, 2017 5:00am GMT
duncan golestani. our top stories: south africa's governing anc is preparing to vote for a new leader to replace president jacob zuma. eu leaders confirm that brexit negotiations can move on to the next stage, but they warn the talks will be even harder. austria's conservative party agrees to form a coalition with the far—right freedom party. it follows october's election dominated by europe's migration crisis. wildfires continue to burn out of control in california, scorching an area larger than new york city and paris combined. a firefighter has died. and with christmas just around the corner, this could be the ultimate gift — a woolly mammoth goes under the hammer. hello. south africa's governing african national congress is preparing this weekend to pick a new party leader to replace jacob zuma, who is also the country's president. the anc is still the dominant political force, but has faced a loss of public trust. president zuma is also facing corruption allegations, which he denies, and there are warnings that the party could split as the country faces mounting economic challen
Dec 6, 2013 12:00am PST
. you cannot take lightly that the anc and nelson mandela were considered terrorists by much of the western world, including the right wing here. and for mandela to emerge as a prisoner negotiating privately, at great risk, even at the great risk of some that were supporters of his, who didn't know about the negotiations until later. for him to take that move of reconciliation and lead that country into an election, i was an election observer. i remember barbara lee. i have a picture of her and danny glover and all of us at the carlton hotel. it was an amazing time to see people lined up the first time they could vote. for miles and miles, for three days. and they didn't vote on individuals, they voted on parties. but to go from terrorist to being the kind of celebrated statesman. people shouldn't sweep past that. he suffered. many of his colleagues suffered. decades in jail, ostracized. never thought they would see daylight again as free people. but they took that and transformed their country. i was with him when he went to the u.n. and asked for the removal of sanctions. to be ar
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