Anthony Egan, S.J., is one of America's Johannesburg correspondents.
South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, laughs at President Jacob Zuma, right, at the start of the ruling African National Congress elective conference in Johannesburg on Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganDecember 18, 2017
Although Mr. Ramaphosa is a relatively acceptable leader of the A.N.C. in the eyes of some opposition parties, his economic stance will put him in tension with the populist left Economic Freedom Fighters and many trade unions.
People celebrate Nov. 21 outside parliament after hearing that President Robert Mugabe resigned in Harare, Zimbabwe. All Zimbabweans should have a voice in the country's governance following Mugabe's 37-year presidency, and the new government should embrace diversity, Zimbabwe's bishops said. (CNS photo/Kim Ludbrook, EPA)
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Anthony EganDecember 11, 2017
The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement urging calm, restraint and patience during what they called “most delicate times.”
Imtiaz Cajee, nephew of Ahmed Timol, poses with his book about the activist on Aug. 24 in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo, File)
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Anthony EganOctober 23, 2017
A judge has overturned a finding of suicide and ruled that Ahmed Timol was murdered by South Africa’s Security Police 45 years ago.
President Paul Kagame is sworn in for another term at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda, on Aug.18. (AP Photo Eric Murinzi)
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Anthony EganAugust 23, 2017
Two elections this month in eastern and central Africa—in Kenya and Rwanda—have brought out tensions and contradictions in the continent’s democratic process.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganAugust 11, 2017
The no-confidence vote was called by the opposition in Parliament in the wake of overwhelming evidence of the president’s corrupt dealings with the Gupta family.
The blood of a survivor of the Ebola virus is extracted as part of a study launched at Liberia's John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia in June 2015. (CNS photo/Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganJune 02, 2017
Congo's Ministry of Health has approved the use of an experimental anti-Ebola vaccine to combat the disease. This is a radical step, but one the World Health Organization approves.
At a May Day rally in Bloemfontein, South Africa, trade unionists demand that South African President Jacob Zuma step down. The president was jeered by labor activists and his speech was cancelled after scuffles broke out between his supporters and workers chanting for him to step down at the rally. (AP Photo/Khothatso Mokone)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganMay 09, 2017
What should one make of this chaotic month? Is the presidency of Jacob Zuma reaching an endgame?
During a previous spasm of unrest related to xenophobia, protesters are seen looting a shop at a gas station in 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (CNS photo/Herman Verwey, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganApril 05, 2017
Are Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani and other immigrants “stealing” jobs from South Africans?
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganFebruary 15, 2017
Apartheid-era mental health care facilities were not great. But at least they weren't lethal.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganJanuary 13, 2017

Persisting low-level to acute crises throughout southern Africa may make 2017 a year to remember with regret.