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S.Africa court rules ex-leader Zuma must face corruption trial

Pietermaritzburg - South Africa's scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma will face trial on corruption charges over a 1990s arms deal, a court ruled Friday, in one of multiple alleged graft cases over his long political career.

S.Africa president calls for tolerance towards migrants

Cape Town - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday urged South Africans to be tolerant of migrants following recent xenophobic violence, as hundreds of refugees camped outside UN offices demanding to be removed the country, fearing for their safety.

US blacklists S. Africa's Gupta family over 'widespread corruption'

Washington - The US Treasury announced sanctions Thursday on South Africa's Gupta family and associate Salim Essa, calling them a "significant corruption network" that dispersed bribes and misappropriated millions in state funds.

Zuma's son denies $40 mn bribe offered to S.African ex-minister

Johanesburg - The son of South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma on Monday denied allegations by the former deputy finance minister that he was offered a $40-million bribe.

Nigeria's Buhari urges protection for foreigners in S.Africa summit

Pretoria - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday began a visit to South Africa with a call to beef up protection of foreign nationals, weeks after xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg stirred tension between Africa's leading economies.

Harry and Meghan wrap up African tour

Johanesburg - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday wrapped up a marathon tour of southern Africa by visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after pledging millions for skills training for jobless youngsters.

Duchess of Sussex pays secret tribute to murdered S.Africa student

Cape Town - Meghan Markle has visited the site where a young female student was murdered in South Africa last month in a show of solidarity with victims of gender violence in one of the world's most dangerous countries for women.

Royal baby Archie meets S.Africa's Archbishop Tutu

Cape Town - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday took their four-month-old son Archie to meet Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, the royal baby's first public outing since his birth in May.

Harry and Meghan make pitch for mental health on S.African tour

Cape Town - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Tuesday gave a royal boost to South African surfers harnessing the power of the waves to promote mental health in poor communities.

Royal couple condemn violence against women in S.Africa

Cape Town - Prince Harry on Monday spoke out against gender-based violence in South Africa as his wife Meghan hailed girls who had chosen to "stand up for what is right".

Harry and Meghan join S.Africa's fight against gender violence

Cape Town - Prince Harry on Monday urged South African men to turn their back on toxic masculinity as his wife Meghan applauded girls for "standing up for what's right," as the British royal couple launched their first official tour since becoming parents in May.

Royal baby Archie awaited in S.Africa for first official trip

Johanesburg - Britain's Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and baby Archie are expected in South Africa on Monday to begin their first official tour as a family since their son's birth in May.

S.African police urge psychologists to intervene as murders rise

Cape Town - Fifty-eight people were killed each day on average in South Africa last year, police said Thursday, urging the help of experts to understand why so many murders are committed by friends and relatives.

'They don't want us here anymore': Foreigners flee S.Africa xenophobia attacks

Johanesburg - Beverlyn Nyamakwenje was fast asleep in her home in the east Johannesburg township of Katlehong when she was woken by gunshots.

Nigerian president to visit South Africa after xenophobic attacks

Johanesburg - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to pay a state visit to South Africa in October, the South African presidency said Saturday, after a spate of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg caused tensions between the countries.

Tensions ease in SAfrica-Nigeria xenophobia row

Johanesburg - Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on Thursday after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives.

Hundreds protest against S.Africa gender violence at World Economic Forum

Cape Town - Scores of women demonstrated against South Africa's "femicide epidemic" as the World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Cape Town on Wednesday, amid growing alarm over gender violence in the country.

South Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five die

Johanesburg - Five people have been killed in xenophobic violence in South Africa, police said on Tuesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down on the attacks and the African Union and Nigeria sounded their alarm.

Scores arrested in S.Africa looting, anti-foreigner protests

Johanesburg - South African police on Monday arrested more than 60 people following looting in Johannesburg and protests in the transport industry linked to a wave of anti-foreigner sentiment.

S.Africa seizes Air Tanzania plane over unpaid farm claim

Johanesburg - South Africa has impounded a plane belonging to Tanzania's national carrier over a farmer's $33-million compensation claim for land which was nationalised decades ago, a lawyer said Sunday.

S.Africa seizes Air Tanzania plane over unpaid farm claim

Johanesburg - South Africa has impounded a plane belonging to Tanzania's national carrier over a farmer's $33-million compensation claim for his land which the Tanzanian government nationalised decades ago, a lawyer said Sunday.

S.Africa's Buthelezi, 90, steps down as Inkatha Freedom Party leader

Johanesburg - Mangosuthu Buthelezi, head of the once-feared Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), on Saturday stepped down as party leader after 44 years.

South African court restricts display of apartheid-era flag

Johanesburg - In a landmark ruling, a Johannesburg court on Wednesday barred the unjustified display of South Africa's apartheid-era national flag, saying such gestures amounted to "hate speech" and "harassment".

South African court restricts display of apartheid-era flag

Johanesburg - In a landmark ruling, a Johannesburg court on Wednesday barred the unjustified display of South Africa's apartheid-era national flag, saying such gestures amounted to "hate speech" and "harassment".

S.Africa's Ramaphosa wins new round in battle with graft agency

Johanesburg - In the latest round of a protracted battle, a South African court on Monday temporarily blocked the nation's anti-corruption watchdog from forcing parliament to censure President Cyril Ramaphosa over campaign funding.

South Africa unemployment hits record 29 percent

Pretoria - Joblessness in South Africa has reached a record 29 percent, the statistics office said Tuesday, piling pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration after it won May elections vowing to halve unemployment.

S.African leader to challenge 'flawed' graft report in court

Pretoria - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday he will challenge in court a watchdog body's "fundamentally and irretrievably flawed" findings concerning a donation to his 2017 campaign to head the ruling party.

S.Africa's Zuma shrugs off graft allegations at inquiry

Johanesburg - South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma on Monday dismissed multiple graft allegations against him, telling a judicial inquiry he was the victim of conspiracies and years of "character assassination".

S.Africa's Zuma to testify at graft scandal inquiry

Johanesburg - South African former president Jacob Zuma is due on Monday to make a much-anticipated appearance before an inquiry into alleged corruption after previous witnesses gave damning evidence against him.

S.Africa military set to deploy against Cape Town gangs

Cape Town - South African soldiers will deploy in Cape Town's crime-ridden townships after a surge of shootings, gang violence and murders in one of the country's top tourist destinations, the head of the defence forces said Friday.
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