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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.

S.Africa heaps praise on flawed hero Winnie Mandela

Johanesburg - South Africa on Tuesday paid heartfelt tributes to Winnie Mandela, who died aged 81, as politicians hailed her as an inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner and defended her often controversial record.

'We sing when we're hurt': Sorrow, celebration at Winnie Mandela's home

Soweto - Crowds of mourners flocked Monday to Winnie Mandela's home in the heart of South Africa's Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance that remained her base decades after white rule fell.

Winnie Mandela, activist ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, dies

Johanesburg - Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday aged 81, triggering an outpouring of tributes to one of the country's defining and most divisive figures.

S.Africa hails Australia 'retraction' on offer to white farmers

Johanesburg - The Pretoria government hailed Monday what it said was a decision by Australia to go back on plans to offer fast-track humanitarian visas to "persecuted" white farmers in South Africa.

South Africa's Winnie Mandela in dates

Johanesburg - Key dates in the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, who died on Monday at the age of 81:- 1936: Born on September 26 as Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela in the Eastern Cape province.

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela dies aged 81

Johanesburg - Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday at the age of 81, her spokesman said.She died in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness, spokesman Victor Dlamini said in a statement.

Winnie Mandela: South Africa's flawed heroine

Johanesburg - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's marriage to Nelson Mandela and her anti-apartheid activism ensured many South Africans saw her as "the mother of the nation", but her past was littered with dark controversies.

Australia cricket coach quits, captain breaks down in tears

Johanesburg - Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann said Thursday he would quit after the final match of the scandal-tainted Test series in South Africa after the team's former captain Steve Smith broke down in tears and accepted complete responsibility for the bal...

Australia cricket coach Lehmann to quit after South Africa series

Johanesburg - A tearful Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he would quit as coach of the scandal-tainted Australia cricket team after the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series in South Africa.

South Africa's Zuma in court on April 6 on graft charges

Johanesburg - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is set to appear in court on April 6 to face corruption charges, police said Monday, in a case that could see him jailed.Zuma is accused of taking kickbacks before he became president from the $5 billion (4.

New S.African president suspends tax chief

Johanesburg - South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has suspended the head of the tax service ahead of "disciplinary proceedings" as he vows to fight graft following his predecessor Jacob Zuma's ousting.

Drought-stricken Cape Town counts the cost

Cape Town - South African winemaker Marlize Jacobs looks out across the parched brown earth that sustains her award-winning vines, surveying the effects of the water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas.

S.Africa ex-president Zuma to face graft prosecution

Pretoria - Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face prosecution on corruption charges that haunted much of his term in office, the country's chief prosecutor said Friday.
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