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South Africa inquiry into top-level state graft opens

Johanesburg - A judicial inquiry into alleged corruption at the top of government in South Africa is scheduled to open on Monday when the first public hearings begin.

S. Africa land reform debate hots up as showdown looms

Vereeniging - "We live like sardines while white farmers live on hectares of land. Bring back our land!" declared Nthabiseng Tshivhenga, a black civil servant.

Grace Mugabe immunity unconstitutional: S.Africa court

Johanesburg - A South African court ruled Monday that former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe did not have diplomatic immunity when she allegedly beat a young woman with an electrical cord.

On a train home, Zimbabweans wonder if election could surprise

Musina - On the slow overnight train from Johannesburg to the Zimbabwe border, the talk is all about whether the country's election on Monday could spring a surprise and topple the ZANU-PF government.

Zuma corruption case postponed until end November

Johanesburg - South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday over a $2.5-billion (2.15-billion-euro) corruption case linked to a 1990s arms deal, but the judge adjourned the case until the end of November.

Trump 'open' to Moscow visit

Johanesburg - The White House on Friday said Donald Trump was open to the idea of visiting Moscow after Vladimir Putin revealed he had invited the US president and was also ready to travel to Washington for a delayed summit next year.

Putin says 'ready to go to Washington', invites Trump to Moscow

Johanesburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had invited US leader Donald Trump to visit Moscow and was ready to travel to Washington for a new summit, as he praised their "useful" meetings.

BRICS nations pledge unity against US trade war threat

Johanesburg - Five of the biggest emerging economies on Thursday stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism.

BRICS emerging economies meet as US trade war looms

Johanesburg - Leaders of the BRICS emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- will gather in Johannesburg on Wednesday for a three-day meeting focused on the threat of a US-led global trade war.

Trade war risk to dominate BRICS summit in S.Africa

Johanesburg - Leaders of the BRICS emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- will meet in Johannesburg this week, with the threat of a worsening global trade war topping the agenda.

100 years since his birth, S.Africa pays tribute to Mandela

Johanesburg - South Africa on Wednesday marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth, with Barack Obama hosting a youth leadership project as Archbishop Desmond Tutu led emotional tributes to the late anti-apartheid icon.

Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times' in Mandela tribute

Johanesburg - Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn that the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times", in what is likely to be seen as a veiled attack on Donald Trump.

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Johanesburg - Former US president Barack Obama will deliver a speech to a crowd of 15,000 people in South Africa on Tuesday as the centrepiece of celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth.

South Africa after Mandela — high hopes dashed?

Johanesburg - Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth have focused attention on South Africa's progress since the euphoric 1994 elections that marked the end of apartheid.

Obama to lead celebrations 100 years after Mandela's birth

Johanesburg - South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth this week with a flagship speech by former US president Barack Obama and an outpouring of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader.

S.Africa glitterati cut a dash at Durban races

Durban - The biggest event in South Africa's social calendar -- the annual Durban July horse race -- took place on Saturday with many race goers donning extravagant outfits that mixed high fashion with traditional African dress.

S.Africa's Cape Town mayor's party membership reinstated by court

Johanesburg - The mayor of Cape Town, South Africa's second largest city, Wednesday had her political party membership reinstated by courts following a bitter dispute that has rocked the party ahead of elections next year.

Rent-a-captain: S. Africa plugs global pilot shortage

Johanesburg - The next time you stow your tray table, fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off, there's a good chance your pilot could be South African.

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.
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