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♪ sarah: this is "dw news," live from berlin. high drama in south africa as president zuma defies his party's order to resign. he says that he's being victimized. the anc says, go by the end of the day or we will take it to parliament. also coming up, zimbabwean opposition leader morgan tsvangirai has died after a long battle with illness. we will look at his legacy. ♪
sarah: i'm sarah kelly. welcome to the program. thanks for joining us. south africa's president jacob zuma is about to make an address to the nation. it comes after he defied an order by his anc party to resign by the end of the day today or face a no-confidence vote in parliament tomorrow. earlier, zuma called the anc's moves against him unfair. more on that address in a moment. but first, this report. reporter: president zuma remains defiant. in a live television interview , he responded to his party's calls to resign. >> i need to finish what i have done. unfortunately, no one has been able to provide what it is that i have done. i find it very strange that i'm being told by my organization,
you now must go because we now have another president who is coming. not following any policy of the anc. there is nothing of the nature. reporter: earlier, zuma's party , the african national congress, agreed to remove him. his refusal sets the stage for a no-confidence vote in parliament. a high-ranking party official said the motion is already scheduled for thursday. since taking office in 2009, zuma has been accused of numerous corruption scandals, including making some deals with the influential gupta family. on wednesday, an elite police unit raided the family's luxury home in johannesburg, detaining three people. the gupta's are accused of using their connection with the president to win several lucrative contracts. >> to raid the gupta residence, i think it's about time.
it's about time. i think everyone has been waiting for it. we have been wondering why it hasn't happened. but now that it is happening, that's good. as i said, it's about time it happened. >> i hope that any hidden secrets may come to the surface and that will give a lot of people in our country better peace of mind, hopefully. and the hope that moving forward for south africa will be an easier task. >> i just drove past, i heard about it on the news. i just think it is quite a watershed moment in south africa to witness what is going on here. reporter: zuma's successor would most likely be the deputy president. he will have to tackle rampant corruption and cronyism to revive his party's support ahead of next year's elections. sarah: we are standing by at this hour.
president jacob zuma is actually expected to speak shortly. that is of course after that televised interview earlier today where he derided the decision and said that he had been victimized by the party. so we will bring you that statement as soon as it comes in here on dw. but in the meantime, we would like to bring you some other news from around the world, because germany's foreign minister has called for a german-turkish journalist being held in a turkish jail to receive a fair and speedy trial. deniz yucel was arrested a year ago, suspected of terror and espionage offenses, and has still not been charged. the call comes after turkey's prime minister suggested there may soon be movement in the case. deniz yucel has continued to be in detention, which has soured relations between ankara and berlin. reporter: this maximum-security prison in istanbul is where deniz yucel is being held. one year after the journalist's arrest and no formal charges have been made.
so why the stagnation? it is a question for which the turkish prime minister has a simple answer. >> it is not my decision to make, but the court's. i hope that he will be released soon, and i'm confident there will be developments soon. reporter: critics are doubtful that the judiciary will treat yucel's case fairly. but the prime minister's remarks have given germany renewed hope. >> i am optimistic that there will be a judgment soon. and i hope it will be in deniz's favor. we have been working for weeks to ensure that happens. reporter: it is now up to turkey's high court to decide if one year will mark the beginning
or the end of yucel's incarceration. sarah: for more let's bring in dw correspondent julia hahn who joins us this evening from istanbul. julia, we just heard turkey's prime minister basically hinting that there would be a development shortly. is that just a negotiating tactic ahead of his meeting with german chancellor angela merkel, or is there cause for hope? julia: well, sarah, i don't think it is just negotiating tactics. after all, deniz yucel's case is the major obstacle when it comes to restoring german-turkish relations, and that is definitely what angela merkel wants. they want to mend ties with germany. unfortunately, he didn't specify what he means by saying he is expecting developments shortly. but he was again referring to the turkish courts saying in the end it is up to the judiciary to
decide -- unfortunately, or ironically, the same judiciary which could not come up with any charges, any indictment in the past year, which led many to believe they don't have the necessary evidence to come up with such an indictment. so what do i expect will happen? i don't think deniz yucel will suddenly walk out of jail in istanbul as a free man, but the more likely scenario is that state prosecution after the government cleared the way will present a formal indictment and then at least a trial can start. sarah: julia, let's talk a little more about that claim from the turkish prime minister saying that this is a matter for turkey's judicial system and it is basically out of his hands. is that correct? julia: well, first of all, president erdogan himself publicly blamed deniz yucel for being a terrorist supporter and a foreign agent. that already says a lot about
the political sphere's influenced on any judicial decisions. then we saw another case of german human rights activist peter steudtner, who was released a few months ago. in his case, we saw that if the government is willing, actually things can move ahead quite quickly. and there are many critics here who do not believe in an independent judiciary anymore. sarah: deniz yucel, for his part, he says that he does not want to be released as part of any so-called dirty deal. what might the turkish government want in return for his release? julia: well, for sure there is some kind of political bargaining going on right now, of course behind closed doors. but many people are sure that the turkish government is not willing to let deniz yucel go without getting anything in return, political or economic concessions. ankara repeatedly said they want germany to extradite members of a movement, the people ankara
claim to be behind the failed military coup in turkey in 2016. turkey has also threatened to reintroduce the death penalty for these people, so germany cannot just extradite them without breaching international human rights obligations. so i think this is not an option. there are other people turkey wants to return, including certain secret service employees. there are also talks about a potential tank deal, germany modernizing turkish tanks. in the end, we don't know, it is just speculation. but the big question is how high will the price be that the german government has to pay for deniz yucel's freedom. sarah: dw correspondent julia hahn, thank you. let's get a quick check now of some other stories making news around the world. u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has said work on the new middle east peace plan is fairly well advanced. he was speaking after signing a five-year aid package for jordan. president trump reversed decades
of u.s. policy in december when he recognized jerusalem as israel's capital. and israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu has hit back at a recommendation from police that he face corruption charges. he described allegations that he acptedribes as bs and extre, with hos li swiss cheese. israel's attorney general must now cide whether to ess charges. it's time for business news now with helena humphrey. we have to talk about the u.s. markets, of course. helena: some of that key inflation data -- u.s. stocks have pulled back after stronger-than-expected inflation data sent mostly down on wall street. consumer prices were .05% up in january, and that was driven by higher clothing costs and a spike in the cost of car insurance. the annual rate held steady at 2.1%. market movements have not been
too dramatic yet, with poor retail sales report offsetting somewhat inflation fears. the u.s. data came out just ahead of the market close here in europe. here is what our frankfurt markets reporter told us earlier about that european market reaction. ulrich: that's right. it's an astonishing reaction. you just said the retail sales in the u.s. being slower mitigated the effect of the inflation. but everybody was staring so decidedly and waiting so intensely and anxiously for the inflation figure. when i saw that 2.1% figure, i thought that would make the stocks tank. and that's what happened initially. but it's amazing. it's been a long time since i have seen a recovery like this. basically being sent to jail, not passing go, not collecting $200, and immediately the get out of free card.
i asked people what they make about this recovery. inflation and rate fears out of the market? no. but they are scrambling themselves for a really plausible explanation. what this does show is the market is still really nervous. helena: that of course was our financial correspondent ulrich barths in frankfurt a little earlier. an international donor conference to raise funds to rebuild iraq after years of conflict has wrapped up in kuwait. iraq had been hoping to lure major investment from its allies, and after three days it managed to secure $30 billion in pledges. that figure still falls far short of the $88 billion that baghdad is seeking and needs. the war against the so-called islamic state reduced numerous iraqi cities to rubble, and will take a lot more money and time to breathe life back into the nation and its economy. reporter: rebuilding a country after decades of war doesn't come cheap.
iraq estimates the cost at close to $90 billion. kuwait, the nation hosting the conference, is one of many countries making financial commitments. >> i am pleased to announce the state of kuwait is committed to supporting our brothers in iraq by committing a $1 billion loan onto the mechanisms of the kuwait fund for arab economic development. reporter: but it is not all about loans. iraq is especially keen to attract companies to do business. it is offering projects in almost every area of its economy, including the energy sector. the siemens ceo told dw his company is rebuilding four power plants, and that securing the availability of electricity is iraq's biggest challenge at the present. the conference is taking place just two months after the country declared victory over the so-called islamic state. it's an achievement the government is hoping will
convince international businesses that now is the time to invest in the country's future. helena: it's back over now to sarah. sarah: thank you so much, helena. the leader of the opposition in zimbabwe, morgan tsvangirai, has died of cancer at the age of 65. the announcement was made by the vice president of his political party, the movement for democratic change. tsvangirai was his party's candidate in the controversial 2002 presidential election, losing to robert mugabe. he later contested the first round of the 2008 election, winning almost half of the vote. he claimed to have won a majority, but mugabe held onto office until deposed last november. for more, we are joined by privilege from harare. thank you so much for being with us. we know that tsvangirai died in a clinic in johannesburg,
apparently. he had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer. his death will be an enormous blow to the opposition in zimbabwe, won't it? privilege: definitely. his death is a big blow to the opposition party in zimbabwe. since 1999, he's the man who has given the former president robert mugabe the run for his money. and he contested the 2000 election, 2005, subsequently up to 2013. he was the strongest opposition leader in zimbabwe. and contesting elections, again, tsvangirai, he has stood the test of time. in 2008, it's said that victory was snatched away from him.
he had won elections, but president mugabe and his administration would not accept his victory. so this is a big blow to the opposition politics in zimbabwe. particularly coming now when the opposition is facing another election in 2018. sarah: now we know that tsvangirai's career was marked by a long political struggle against former president robert mugabe. he had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times. what do you think his legacy will be? will it be as a true democrat? privilege:efinitely. it is a 50-50 situation. when you look at the figure, morgan tsvangirai. to some, he's a big icon in terms of fighting for democracy in zimbabwe. because in the history of opposition politics there is no
other man who mounted a big challenge for the ruling party, even for president robert mugabe. it was morgan tsvangirai, since 2000. if you look at the other side, he has had his own faults and mistakes over the years, but i think the achievements that he had done in governing opposition politics in zimbabwe will far outweigh the faults he has had over the years. sarah: his death comes only months, we know -- so tell us a little bit more. privilege: currently, zimbabwe is getting ready for elections for 2018. and the new president has emphasized that elections are
going to go ahead, come maybe the next five months. if you look at the politicians in zimbabwe at the moment, they are at their weakest. now, morgan tsvangirai is leaving his party in tatters because they are infighting right now. in the past two days there have been infights in the party itself. there are three vice presidents in the party who are all fighting to succeed him. so the legacy that he is leaving now, he is leaving the party not in a healthy situation. so they are trying to come up with an alliance and coalition to mount an opposition to the ruling party come election time. but all that is too shaky. so, morgan tsvangirai was the rubric, he was the force that could bring all of these factions, or given the fragmentation in opposition politics in zimbabwe.
certainly, he has passed away. sarah: privilege, we want to thank you very much for your reporting. as y mentioned, zimbabwean opposition leader morgan tsvangirai died after a long battle with illness. we thank you very much. it is day five of the winter olympics at pyeongchang, and a snowboarding legend has added another gold to his medal tally. nick mckenna-klein as always is following the action for us. we have to talk about shaun white, because he made it to the podium again. but he had some critics. nick: he predicted yesterday that he was going to win gold, and he finally did it. stellar performance in the pipe today. shaun white is aousehold name, he has been around since 2006. he didn't do it once, he did it twice. 1440 turn. four turns altogether. he has never cleanly landed this
trick. he was so happy to land it. when the judges finally give him the decision, he is absolutely -- look how happy he is. so happy. he knows he regained the gold that he lost four years ago in sochi. what a breathtaking run from him. he talked about the trauma of sochi. let's have a listen. >> to stand there in sochi with the winning runs in my hands, i just could not deliver. it was like today was a deja vu situation where i am standing there. but i am so proud to say that i have found the love of the sport again through my friends and family, people who support me. and i was able to stand up there and deliver the performance that i knew i could. sarah: and deliver he certainly did. the germans also delivering. they are leading the medal count. nick: they are. seven medals they have so far. eric winning one of two gold
medals today. he is the nordic combine. the nordic combine is a sport which combines ski jumping and what we're seeing here, which is cross-country skiing. going into the event he was fifth. this is his best event. you did this over the winter. you know how strenuous this sport is. you can see how strong he is going up the hill, leaving his competitors in his wake. just about to edge over the line, retaining the gold he won four years ago in sochi. he was also the very first person -- look how happy he was when he gets the gold. he's also the first person in 38 years to retain the medal in this event. quite a feat for him. sarah: they make it look so easy. it is not easy to do that. meantime, we have to say that the british team, there are some accusations when it comes to breaking the rules. nick: they have got the all clear now but there was a minor international row before the event started. these suits you see here are skin suits. the brits came up with an
ingenious way of making the athletes that little bit faster. the problem was american athletes said they were not sure if they had an advantage. the rules state no elements whatsoever may be attached outside or underneath the suit. the international federation looked at the suits and decided that is not the case. what these suits do is they have a turbulence affect. that means there's an extra layer of air. there is air around the suit and air that goes across the suit which makes them a lot faster going down the tracks. were talking about luge the other day. skeleton is even faster and you are going headfirst, 150 kilometers per hour they are going down the tracks. what the suits also have is a drag resistant ridge. you see these in swimming, for example. there are white lines you see when they are underwater. it means there is no traction, they are super fast, and that is how they get down the hill super quick. that means the brits have about a second advantage over the competition, but they have got the all clear. sarah: a second is a lot in a competition like that. absolutely. on a lighter note, we have to
talk about the swiss team, because they are really going viral here and making the headlines, which has nothing to do with the competition performances. nick: no. this is actually -- what we are about to see now is something that happened outside competition. this has to do with the fact that these athletes don't necessarily compete every day or have to wait until they are allowed to compete. this is their star skier. he obviously has very strong core muscles. he is able to carry himself of the escalator on the outside without twitching. incredible. absolutely incredible. athletes get bored, of course, because they are not competing all the time. this is the result. you have got them essentially reenacting -- the swiss version of "cool runnings." very dangerous. i am sure the coaches aren't particularly happy with them doing this because they could of course get injured. but you never know. sports like this might catch on. in four years, there might be escalator climbing. sarah: you never know. they might even have special suits to go with it. nick mckenna-klein, thank you very much for reporting on day five. we will see you again tomorrow
with a wrap-up of day six. prosecutors in ethiopia have dropped charges against two bloggers who criticized the government. they were arrested four years ago on charges of inciting violence. it is the latest in a wave of political amnesties announced by ethiopia's government last month. opposition supporters have also been celebrating after one of their key leaders was released from prison. reporter: thousands of opposition supporters thronged the local stadium to welcome home their hero. bekele gerba credited his release from jail to people power. he called on supporters to keep up the pressure on the government. >> our struggle should not stop until no single prisoner fighting for his right is left in the federal prison. they should be free. it is not enough that they free
one or two. they should set free those who are fighting for truth, justice and equality. they should be freed one by one from that home of death. reporter: bekele gerba stood charged of inciting violence for his role in 2015 protests over property rights. many of the ethnic group, which makes up over one third of ethiopia's population, revere bekele for speaking up for their interests. >> bekele gerba is a hero like rosa parks. i am very happy. we should continue the struggle with strength. reporter: he was freed in the middle of a three-day strike. sarah: we would like to bring you some breaking news now before we go. reports are coming in that u.s. police are responding to an
ongoing shooting at a high school in southern florida. the local sheriff's office said on twitter that there are some victims. apparently the shooter is still at large following that shooting at a florida high school in that is according to the sheriff on twitter. we are monitoring the live feed here on and will bring you the very latest on this active shooting situation in florida as soon as we get it. in the meantime, we would like to remind you of the top story that we have been following for you here at dw. there is high drama in south africa as president zuma defies his party's order to resign. those pictures, earlier from today when he said he was victimized. the anc meantime saying that he needs to go by the end of the day or they will take it to parliament. we are awaiting a press conference. jacob zuma is supposed to speak again shortly at that podium. we are waiting for him to step
up to the podium and we will have that press conference here on dw as soon as he makes it. you're up-to-date now on dw news. i'm sarah kelly in berlin. thank you so much for watching. we hope to see you again soon. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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