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Batons, bullying and handcuffs mar Africa's virus shutdowns

Johanesburg - Soldiers tower over youngsters in South Africa's Soweto township, forcing them to do push-ups and roll on the floor as punishment for not adhering to a lockdown meant to halt the spread of coronavirus.

S.Africa to rollout mass screening for coronavirus: president

Johanesburg - South Africa, which has the highest numbers of confirmed coronavirus infections on the continent, will start mass door-to-door screening and testing for coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday.

S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown

Johanesburg - South African police fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg as authorities battled to keep people at home in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Review: Chad Le Clos' 'Unbelievable' is a superb sports documentary Special

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Chad Le Clos' "Unbelievable" documentary is great to see if you're stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital Journal has the scoop.

'It's tough': S.Africa struggles with virus lockdown

Johanesburg - An early morning haze hung over the skyscrapers of the business district in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub, as the city woke up to day one of a national lockdown against coronavirus.

S.Africa reports first two virus deaths as lockdown starts

Johanesburg - South Africa recorded its first two deaths from the novel coronavirus on Friday as the number of confirmed cases breached the 1,000 mark just hours after a three-week nationwide lockdown swung into action.

South Africa begins 'unprecedented' military-patrolled lockdown

Johanesburg - South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.

Public distrust hampers Africa fight against virus misinformation

Johanesburg - African nations fighting the novel coronavirus face a foe as stealthy and dangerous as the microbe itself: misinformation and apathy, fuelled by deep distrust of government.

Warning of long battle as Africa's virus numbers rise

Johanesburg - Sub-Saharan Africa recorded its second coronavirus death on Friday as infections rose in South Africa, where the government warned bluntly of a long haul in the fight against the disease.

S.Africa's minibus sector shifts gears to combat virus

Johanesburg - Passengers crammed inside a speeding 16-seater public minibus in South Africa's largest city Johannesburg instantly fall silent after an old woman suddenly coughs.

Lives shattered by South Africa's forced sterilisations

Johanesburg - Four years ago, Bongekile Msibi, already a mother of a now 15-year-old girl, consulted a doctor after trying unsuccessfully to have a second child.

25 killed in South African bus accident

Johanesburg - Twenty-five people died Monday when a bus rolled down a steep embankment in South Africa's coastal Eastern Cape province, the country's transport minister said.

Virus enigma: Experts ask why Africa seems to have few cases

Johanesburg - The coronavirus is spreading fast beyond its China birthplace but sub-Saharan Africa, one of the world's most vulnerable regions, has so far been almost spared -- and experts want to know why.

S.Africa 'sterilised pregnant HIV patients without consent'

Johanesburg - A South African inquiry into the forced sterilisation of dozens of HIV-positive pregnant women said Monday that their rights had been breached, and called for government action.

Meet Chad Le Clos: Olympic gold medalist, world champion swimmer Special

Olympic gold medalist and world champion swimmer Chad Le Clos chatted with Digital Journal about winning the International Swimming League and shared his plans for 2020, which include competing at the Olympic Games and releasing a new documentary.

S.Africa protest forces president to suspend state of union speech

Cape Town - South Africa's far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lawmakers protested rowdily in parliament on Thursday, forcing President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his annual state of the nation address.

Long road home for Cape Town's apartheid dispossessed

Cape Town - "It was just here. My house was number 41 Clifton Street," said Cassiem Morris, his voice catching as he points to where his Cape Town home was razed to enforce apartheid.

Arrest warrant issued for S.Africa ex-president Zuma

Johanesburg - A South African court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for embattled former president Jacob Zuma after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing over corruption charges related to a 1990s arms deal.

Five years of thirst: S.Africa's Eastern Cape battles brutal drought

- South African farmer Steve Bothma heaved a sigh of relief when the weatherman finally predicted rain.His excitement was short-lived. Just a few days later, the forecast changed. It was back to cloudless sunshine.

S.Africa's Tutu hospitalised for 'infection'

Johanesburg - South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital in Cape Town "for treatment of a stubborn infection", his office said on Wednesday.
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