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S.Africa police arrest thousands for not wearing masks

Johanesburg - South African police have arrested more than 7,000 people caught without face masks in public since the end of December, the government said on Wednesday.

High cost to wildlife from shark nets protecting S.Africa beaches

- "They're basically curtains of death," said shark diver Walter Bernardis as he reached over the side of his zodiac inflatable boat to pull up a net bobbing in eastern South Africa's subtropical waters.

South Africa imposes new virus curbs as WHO warns of worse pandemics

Johanesburg - South Africa banned alcohol sales and made masks mandatory in public from Tuesday after a surge in coronavirus cases, as the World Health Organization warned that pandemics far more deadly than Covid-19 may lie ahead.

Eswatini PM dies in S. African hospital after contracting Covid-19

Johanesburg - The prime minister of Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, died in a South African hospital on Sunday after contracting coronavirus, the government said in a statement.

South Africa fears virus comeback as cluster outbreaks flare

Johanesburg - Localised coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season.

S.Africa's Zuma still popular despite graft scandals

Johanesburg - Over the course of his scandal-tainted career, South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma accumulated 16 fraud charges, faced court over alleged rape and built a fervent fan base that continues to rattle politics.

S.African anti-graft panel to ask police to probe Zuma walkout

Johanesburg - A South African commission hearing testimonies about rampant state corruption during Jacob Zuma's reign said Monday that it would ask police to investigate the former president after he walked out last week.

How S.Africa farm murder sparked violence, then soul-searching

Senekal - A white farmer's murder in a rural town in early October touched off a series of racially charged events that has drawn comparisons with South Africa's apartheid past, but the truth is far more complex.

S.African leader tries to calm racial tension over farm attacks

Johanesburg - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa called for calm on Monday, hoping to tamp down rising racial tension in his country following months of protests by white farmers over a spike in deadly attacks.

Life returning to normal in Africa, but virus fears linger

Soweto - "Things are getting back to normal, even though it will never be like it was before," says a relieved Petunia Maseko, relaxing in a bar in South Africa's Soweto township.

South Africa's indigenous Khoisan seek better recognition

Pretoria - A giant bronze statue of Nelson Mandela overlooks a big black tarpaulin tent that has become a fixture on the emerald lawns of the South African president's office in Pretoria.

World champion swimmer Zane Waddell talks about LA Current, ISL Special

World champion and South African swimmer Zane Waddell chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about being a part of Season 2 of the Los Angeles Current in the International Swimming League (ISL).

S.Africa bids farewell to 'hero' George Bizos, Mandela's lawyer

Johanesburg - South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the "hero" anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

S.Africa bids farewell to 'hero' George Bizos, Mandela's lawyer

Johanesburg - South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the "hero" anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

S. Africa to 'cautiously' reopen borders as lockdown eases

Johanesburg - South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said Wednesday, part of a wider easing of anti-coronavirus measures announced as figures continue to improve.

Graft mars Africa's gains in fight against pandemic

Johanesburg - New coronavirus infections are now steadily declining in many parts of Africa, but this good news has been marred by scandals over corruption and missing funds earmarked for the pandemic.

S.Africa's Ramaphosa rebukes minister for attacking Zambian leader

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has "strongly reprimanded" his finance minister for challenging the Zambian leader to explain his decision to sack that country's central bank governor, the presidency said Monday.

Coronavirus graft scandals shake South Africa's president

Johanesburg - South Africa is reeling from coronavirus-linked corruption scandals that have battered President Cyril Ramaphosa's credibility and the country's image abroad, but spurred unprecedented efforts to boost transparency.

Mozambique insurgency tests region's anti-conflict resolve

Johanesburg - The audacious attack and occupation of a strategic port in Mozambique's gas-rich province days before a summit of regional leaders will test southern Africa's counter-insurgency skills, analysts say.

Manhood must wait: virus delays South African circumcision rituals

Port Elizabeth - South African 17-year-old Sinoyolo was looking forward to becoming a "man" this year.His uncle had made arrangements for him to travel to the mountains overlooking the South African city of Port Elizabeth in December for his initiation.
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