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Anger at poor public services 25 years into South Africa democracy

Soweto - Inside the conical brick tower looming over Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, Busi Hlatshwayo thoughtfully studies 10 giant bronze slabs announcing the core principles of South Africa's Freedom Charter.

13 killed in church collapse in South Africa

Johanesburg - Thirteen people were killed and 16 injured when part of a church collapsed on worshippers following a violent storm near the eastern South African city of Durban, officials said Friday.

S.Africa graft scandals overshadow ruling ANC's election bid

Johanesburg - With less than four weeks to go until South Africans vote in a general election, corruption scandals again threaten to tear open old rivalries within the long-governing African National Congress.

Rhino poacher crushed by elephant, devoured by lions in S.Africa

Johanesburg - A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and his body devoured by lions in South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Monday.

S.Africa's Zuma won't seek MP seat, party list shows

Johanesburg - Former South African president Jacob Zuma will not seek a place in parliament in the May 8 elections, the ruling party has said, surprising those who expected him to try to stage a comeback.

US 'expects' S.Africa to hand over ex-Mozambique minister

Johanesburg - The United States said Tuesday it expects South Africa to hand over Maputo's ex-finance minister, held since December on a US warrant over corruption allegations -- despite a separate request from Mozambique.

Zuma used intel services to target Ramaphosa: probe

Johanesburg - Former South African president Jacob Zuma used the country's intelligence services for his own political and personal interests, most notably against his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, a government report charges.

Poor South African savers ruined by bank collapse

Thohoyandou - "As treasurer of my stokvel, I had to go to the bank almost every day to find out what is happening," said Annah Muambadzi, 65, of the panic that gripped her savings club.

White farmers jailed for murder of black teen in South Africa

Mafikeng - A South African court on Wednesday handed jail terms of 23 and 18 years to two white farmers who murdered a black teenager suspected of stealing sunflowers in a remote farming community.

S.Africa court mulls Mozambique ex-minister extradition

Johanesburg - A South African court started hearing arguments on Tuesday on whether Mozambique's ex-finance minister, held since December on a US warrant, can be extradited and if so, to where.Manuel Chang, 63, was arrested at Johannesburg's O.R.

Tiny S. Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

Paris - A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday.

Semenya accuses IAAF of breaching regulations at sports court

Lausanne - Double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya on Monday accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of breaching confidentiality rules at a hearing that could define the rest of the South African's career.

Kampala expels boss of MTN's Uganda arm, citing 'national security'

Kanpala - Kampala has deported the Belgian CEO of the Ugandan branch of MTN on security grounds, in the fourth such expulsion targeting the South African telecoms giant within a month.

Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Fpo - Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.

S.Africa power cuts darken ANC's election outlook

Johanesburg - Power outages across South Africa this week have blown up into the biggest political threat facing President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling ANC party three months away from elections, analysts say.

S.Africa's tough choice: Land redistribution or mining investment?

Cape Town - South Africa's government faces a tough balancing act as it tries to attract foreign investors into the key mining sector while also pledging to seize land without paying compensation.

S.Africa president fires gun for May 8 election, vows growth

Cape Town - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced general elections would be held on May 8, as the ruling ANC party looks to reverse falling popularity due to weak growth, unemployment and corruption.

S.Africa stunned by revelations in corruption probe

Johanesburg - Grey bags stuffed with cash, a Christmas feast for a minister, a birthday cake for the president -- a public inquiry is revealing some extraordinary details about the problem of state corruption in South Africa.

S.African 'jihad suspect' dies in Mozambique hospital

Maputo - A South African businessman held in Mozambique on suspicion of being a jihadist leader has died in hospital under mysterious circumstances, his wife and a medical source told AFP on Wednesday.

Zuma ally took monthly bribes from S.Africa company, inquiry hears

Johanesburg - A South African former executive on Monday told a corruption probe that his old company had paid monthly bribes for years to a minister who served under scandal-tainted ex-president Jacob Zuma.

Rwanda linked to suspects in dissident death: S.Africa prosecutor

Johanesburg - South African prosecutors have claimed "close links" existed between the suspects in the murder of a Rwandan dissent and the regime of President Paul Kagame, according to a letter released by a Johannesburg court Monday.

S.Africa court launches new probe into murder of Rwandan ex-spy

Johanesburg - Five years after Rwandan dissident Patrick Karegeya was strangled in a Johannesburg hotel, the regime of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame casts a long shadow over the South African investigation.

Ruling ANC kicks off S.Africa election campaign with vow to restore democracy, growth

Durban - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday launched the ANC's campaign for legislative elections in May, acknowledging the party's past mistakes and promising to restore democratic institutions and economic growth.

Ruling ANC kickstarts S.Africa election season

Durban - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to unveil the ruling ANC party's election manifesto on Saturday in front of tens of thousands of supporters, marking the start of four months of hectic campaigning.

S.Africa's ANC gears up for election under new leader

Durban - South Africa's ruling ANC party launches its election campaign on Saturday ahead of polls in May that it is tipped to win despite recently falling support, internal divisions and a sluggish economy.

Mozambique ex-minister in S.Africa court over loan scandal

Johanesburg - Mozambique's former finance minister Manuel Chang made a brief court appearance in Johannesburg on Tuesday after being arrested at the city's airport over alleged secret loans to Mozambican state companies totalling $2 billion.

Race row after guards clear Cape Town beach

Cape Town - A fresh race row has erupted in South Africa after a private security company allegedly ordered black beachgoers to vacate a fashionable Cape Town over the Christmas holiday.

Race row after guards clear Cape Town beach

Cape Town - Authorities in Cape Town have criticised a private security company that allegedly ordered black beachgoers to leave a fashionable South African beach over the Christmas holiday.

Zimbabwe says will not extradite Grace Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe on Friday said it would not extradite Grace Mugabe, wife of former president Robert Mugabe, after an arrest warrant was issued in South Africa for her alleged assault of a model in 2017.

Two get life sentence in S.Africa 'cannibalism case'

Johanesburg - Two South African men accused of cannibalism were given life sentences for murder on Wednesday, with the judge saying they were guilty of "the most heinous crime", local media reported.
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