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Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay

Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: Gift Ngoepe of South Africa runs to first base during the World baseball Classic Final match between Australia and South Africa at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 14, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Baseball’s Billion-Person Cactus League

Gift Ngoepe was the first African-born player to make it to the big show. Major League Baseball is betting he won't be the last.

Parliamentary officials prepare the chamber for voting prior to an unsuccessful vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma on August 8, 2017 in the South African National Assembly in Cape Town.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma on August 8 survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, as ruling ANC party lawmakers stuck by their leader despite growing divisions and fierce criticism of his rule. Baleka Mbete, the Speaker of parliament, announced that the motion had been defeated, with 177 votes supporting and 198 votes against it. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARK WESSELS        (Photo credit should read MARK WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)

South African President Survives Sixth No-Confidence Vote

The opposition comes as close as it ever has to removing Jacob Zuma from office.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks during the funeral ceremony of South African former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on December 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / ODD ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the Party of Nelson Mandela Die So That Jacob Zuma Can Live?

South Africa’s Teflon president has survived six attempts on his political life. Even if he survives a seventh, the damage to Africa’s most storied liberation movement is done.

South African President and ruling party African National Congress President Jacob Zuma attends an inter-faith prayer held to pray for him on May 14, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL        (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Zuma May Have Finally Met the Scandal That Brings Him Down

For South Africa’s polygamist, scandal-plagued president, charisma isn’t enough anymore.

Workers hold a donkey's hide before curing at a licensed slaughterhouse specialised in donkeys in Baringo, on February 28, 2017. 
The emergence of the global trade in donkey hide attributed mainly to the rise of Chinas middle class and an increased perception of the medicinal efficacy of a gelatine derived after boiling the hides, that is a key ingredient in a medicine called 'ejiao' has raised the price and the rate of slaughter of the animal. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Smugglers Are Buying Up Hundreds of Thousands of Illegally Slaughtered African Donkeys

When they’re not smuggling ivory and rhino horn, Africa’s most notorious criminal syndicates are stealing farm animals to make a 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese remedy.

Protesters carry a cardboard mock up coffin reading 'Run Guptas run' and with the names of the people implicated in the Public Protector "State Capture" report as members and supporters of the South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), demonstrate against South African president Jacob Zuma and in support of the release of the South African Public Protector "State Capture" report in Pretoria on November 2, 2016. 
South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog on November 2 called for prosecutors to investigate alleged criminal activity as it released a report into President Jacob Zuma that fuelled further calls for him to resign. Zuma, whose presidency has been engulfed by multiple scandals, had fought to block the release of the Public Protector's report, but his lawyers made a surprise U-turn and dropped their legal appeal. The report was released hours later, further undermining Zuma after a series of court rulings that have tarnished his time in office and the ruling ANC party that led the fight to end apartheid rule. / AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What Happens When a Family of Business Moguls Takes Over a Country

The Gupta family’s shadowy business empire is a symbol of all that’s wrong with South Africa.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as an American flag passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th president today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

From a Shining City on a Hill to a Banana Republic

The essential step to restoring faith in American democracy is authorizing an independent investigation into the president’s ties to the government of Russia.

TOPSHOT - A Democratic Alliance (DA) party's supporters holds a placard reading "Jacob Zuma must go" during a march against South African president Jacob Zuma on April 7, 2017 in Johannesburg.
Thousands of protesters marched through South African cities on April 7, 2017 demanding President Jacob Zuma's resignation, as a second ratings agency downgraded the country's debt to junk status. Zuma's sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan last week has fanned public anger, divisions within the ruling ANC party and a sharp decline in investor confidence in the country.
 / AFP PHOTO / JOHN WESSELS        (Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Zimbabwe Moment

President Jacob Zuma is toying with land expropriation policies that threaten the country's economy — and his own leadership.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)

Only the Law Can Restrain Trump

Populists keep winning because the system really is rigged. Reversing the global tide of authoritarian nativism requires making legal systems work for everyone.

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South African Court Tells Government It Can’t Withdraw From the ICC

In yet another blow to South African President Jacob Zuma’s government.

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Watch: South African Presidential Address Turns Violent

Jeers, fistfights and pepper spray in the parliamentary chamber.

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How Not to Handle Criticism, Brought to You By Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwean dictator’s very public, very amusing fallout with a former political ally in South Africa.

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The Last White Africans

With 200,000 members, AfriForum is the leading civic organization advocating for the rights of Afrikaners in South Africa. Do the people responsible for apartheid’s crimes have a claim to their country’s future?

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