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S.Africa's black majority battles apartheid urban planning

Cape Town - "(Skin) colour gets darker the further away you are" from the town centre, says Lindiwe, a middle-aged squatter explaining how land distribution in South Africa has barely changed since apartheid.

Two stabbed to death in S. Africa mosque, Somali attacker shot dead

Malmesbury - A Somali man stabbed two worshippers to death and wounded two others in a rampage at a mosque in South Africa on Thursday before being shot dead by police, officers said.

S.Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Johanesburg - The South African government said Wednesday that the national state of disaster it declared in March over a drought that ravaged parts of the country had lapsed after significant rainfall.

S.Africa's Zuma graft case delayed by funding issue

Durban - South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday ahead of a corruption trial, raising questions about ballooning legal costs before addressing adoring crowds outside who condemned his prosecution.

Son who slaughtered rich S.African family with axe handed 3 life terms

Cape Town - A young South African man convicted of slaying his wealthy parents and brother and maiming his sister in a frenzied axe attack was handed three life sentences on Thursday.

South Africa's DIY diamond miners emerge from the shadows

Kimberley - Grandmother Clara Maitse, 77, has been arrested seven times over the past decade for illegally mining precious stones in Kimberley, South Africa's diamond hub.

Sentencing of son who murdered rich S.African family due June 7

Cape Town - A South African man convicted of killing his wealthy parents and brother in a frenzied axe attack that left his sister severely injured will be sentenced on Thursday, a court said.

Russia's Lavrov praises US, N.Korea nuclear efforts

Pretoria - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised on Monday efforts by the US and North Korea to de-escalate the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear programme ahead of a planned summit between the two.

Son guilty of murdering rich S.African family in axe frenzy

Cape Town - A South African man was found guilty Monday of killing his wealthy parents and brother and severely injuring his sister in a frenzied axe attack at their home on an exclusive golf estate.

S.Africa's ousted Zuma poses problems for new president

Johanesburg - Three months ago, Jacob Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa, in a humiliating end to his nine-year rule. But he and his supporters seem determined to not go quietly.

S.Africa lensman who took iconic Soweto uprising photo dies

Johanesburg - A South African photographer, who captured the iconic black-and-white picture of a dying 13-year-old activist shot by apartheid police during the 1976 Soweto uprising, has died.

Imam dead in S.Africa mosque attack, 2 others injured

Verulam - Armed attackers struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death an imam and injuring two others in a country known for its peaceful religious relations.

S.African protests over new minimum wage

Johanesburg - Several thousand protestors marched through Johannesburg Wednesday to demonstrate against a proposed minimum wage, a new test for President Cyril Ramaphosa who took office in February.

S.Africa riots force new president to hurry home

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday returned early from a summit in London to rush to the scene of violent demonstrations in North West province, where at least 23 people have been arrested.

Crowds of S.Africans lay to rest 'Mama' Winnie Mandela

Soweto - South Africans turned out in thousands to bid final goodbyes to anti-apartheid icon and Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela who was laid to rest with full state honours on Saturday.

S.Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama Winnie' Mandela

Soweto - Thousands of mourners flocked Wednesday to the heart of South Africa's sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela's former wife and struggle hero Winnie Mandela.

Top S.Africa court ends Pistorius's final appeal bid

Johanesburg - South Africa's highest court has rejected Oscar Pistorius's request to appeal against his 13-year jail term, ending the long legal battle over his killing of his girlfriend in 2013.

S.Africa opposition leader re-elected as polls loom

Pretoria - Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance party, was re-elected on Sunday as the party kicked-off campaigning for elections due by 2019.

S.Africa's Zuma defiant after court appearance on graft charges

Durban - Former South African president Jacob Zuma came out fighting on Friday after appearing in court to face corruption charges over a suspect multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal.

Arms firm's ex-lawyer speaks out ahead of Zuma's day in court

Pretoria - Shadowy figures, arms deals and allegations of corruption all feature in the thriller-like story behind the prosecution of South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma which begins in Durban on Friday.
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