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Anthony Egan, S.J., is one of America's Johannesburg correspondents.
 Children wait in line for food at a school near Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganMay 14, 2020
A senior opposition leader said that the lockdown—aimed not to prevent the spread of Covid-19 but to give the health services a window to prepare for it—was now doing more harm than good.
South African National Defense Forces patrol the Sjwetla informal settlement after pushing back residents into their homes on the outskirts of the Alexandra township in Johannesburg, on April 20. The residents were protesting the lack of food. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganApril 28, 2020
The national coronavirus lockdown has translated into a sharp increase in levels of poverty and malnutrition in South Africa. Because of that emerging suffering, some are already beginning to wonder if the nationwide restrictions are doing more harm than good.
Residents stand on a balcony as a South African National Defence Forces vehicle patrol the street, in Johannesburg on April 7. South Africa and more than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganApril 08, 2020
The national measures being taken against the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa are unprecedented and are considered among the strictest in the world.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganMay 20, 2019
Though the ruling African National Congress party (ANC) has won the South African elections, it has done so with a dwindling support of the popular vote.
A mother and child join a housing and land protest in Johannesburg in May 2017. (CNS photo/Kim Ludbrook, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganOctober 29, 2018
While a new black middle class has emerged, while the politically connected got rich, some even becoming billionaires, the vast majority of South Africans remain poor.
Former US President Barack Obama gestures to the crowd, during an event in Kogelo, Kisumu, Kenya, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo Brian Inganga)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganJuly 20, 2018
In Johannesburg, Obama gave what some commentators consider his most important speech since he vacated the Oval Office.
Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela walk together on Feb. 11, 1990, upon his release from prison in Cape Town. Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2 at the age of 81. (AP Photo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganApril 04, 2018
The “struggle era” in South Africa is ending.
Supporters for president elect Cyril Ramaphosa outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb 15. Mr. Ramaphosa on Thursday was elected as South Africa's new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganFebruary 15, 2018
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference welcomed the resignation as “long overdue.”
The Theewaterskloof Dam, a key source of water for Cape Town, South Africa, is completely dry in this April 16, 2017, photo. (AP Photo/Halden Krog, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganJanuary 26, 2018
There have been warning signs for decades; now South Africa’s second-biggest city is racing to prevent a drought from throttling the economy and causing social unrest.
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.