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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.

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.

Turkey's Erdogan to go on new Africa trip, attend BRICS summit

Ankara - Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan will make the latest in a string of trips to Africa this week, visiting South Africa and Zambia as well as attending a summit of the BRICS leading emerging economies, the presidency said Sunday.

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.

S.Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Johanesburg - The South African government said Wednesday that the national state of disaster it declared in March over a drought that ravaged parts of the country had lapsed after significant rainfall.

S.Africa's Zuma graft case delayed by funding issue

Durban - South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday ahead of a corruption trial, raising questions about ballooning legal costs before addressing adoring crowds outside who condemned his prosecution.

Son who slaughtered rich S.African family with axe handed 3 life terms

Cape Town - A young South African man convicted of slaying his wealthy parents and brother and maiming his sister in a frenzied axe attack was handed three life sentences on Thursday.

South Africa's DIY diamond miners emerge from the shadows

Kimberley - Grandmother Clara Maitse, 77, has been arrested seven times over the past decade for illegally mining precious stones in Kimberley, South Africa's diamond hub.

Sentencing of son who murdered rich S.African family due June 7

Cape Town - A South African man convicted of killing his wealthy parents and brother in a frenzied axe attack that left his sister severely injured will be sentenced on Thursday, a court said.

Son guilty of murdering rich S.African family in axe frenzy

Cape Town - A South African man was found guilty Monday of killing his wealthy parents and brother and severely injuring his sister in a frenzied axe attack at their home on an exclusive golf estate.

S.Africa's ousted Zuma poses problems for new president

Johanesburg - Three months ago, Jacob Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa, in a humiliating end to his nine-year rule. But he and his supporters seem determined to not go quietly.

S.Africa lensman who took iconic Soweto uprising photo dies

Johanesburg - A South African photographer, who captured the iconic black-and-white picture of a dying 13-year-old activist shot by apartheid police during the 1976 Soweto uprising, has died.

Imam dead in S.Africa mosque attack, 2 others injured

Verulam - Armed attackers struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death an imam and injuring two others in a country known for its peaceful religious relations.

S.African protests over new minimum wage

Johanesburg - Several thousand protestors marched through Johannesburg Wednesday to demonstrate against a proposed minimum wage, a new test for President Cyril Ramaphosa who took office in February.

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.
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