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S.Africa's ANC vows change as Zuma exit looms

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling ANC party said Saturday that it "must act decisively" to rebuild its reputation, as local media reported that President Jacob Zuma could soon be forced to leave office.

Winnie loses battle for Mandela's rural home

Johanesburg - A South African court on Friday struck down a long-running effort by late president Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to claim ownership of his former rural home.

Cape Town water ration to be slashed as drought bites

Cape Town - Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said Thursday, as the city battles its worst drought in a century.

S.Africa opens manslaughter probe over deadly train crash

Johanesburg - South African police launched a manslaughter investigation Friday following a train crash that killed at least 18 people and injured 254 others in one of the country's worst ever rail disasters.

18 dead, 254 injured as South Africa train slams into truck

Johanesburg - A passenger train smashed into a truck at a level crossing in South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 18 people, injuring 254 and throwing several carriages off the rails.

Two climbers die abseiling on S. Africa's Table Mountain

Johanesburg - Two climbers were killed abseiling on Cape Town's Table Mountain on New Year's Day, with hundreds of tourists stranded on the summit for hours during the rescue effort, South African officials said Tuesday.

S.Africa's Zuma: Troubled leader heads towards exit

Johanesburg - South Africa's jovial leader Jacob Zuma is a former herdboy who fought in the anti-apartheid struggle and has held onto the presidency despite a plethora of scandals.

S.Africa's top court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

Johanesburg - South Africa's top court on Friday ruled that parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for using public money for private home upgrades, a move that could lead to impeachment proceedings.

S.Africa's top court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

Johanesburg - South Africa's top court on Friday ruled that parliament failed to hold embattled President Jacob Zuma accountable for using state funds to upgrade his private home, in a move that could trigger impeachment proceedings.

South Africa blighted by racially charged farm murders

Tzaneen - "They beat him with a pole... and you could hear the bones breaking," said Debbie Turner, recounting her husband's murder in a slow, defiant voice.She refuses to talk about him in the past tense and sleeps with a photo of him close by.

Zuma and Ramaphosa face battle of wills over S.Africa's future

Johanesburg - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wrapped up Thursday the party conference that elected him ANC leader, with a vow to stamp out corruption in the organisation and in government.

S. Africa: Ramaphosa calls for unity in maiden speech as ANC chief

Johanesburg - The newly elected head of South Africa's ruling ANC party called for unity and an end to "vested interests" in politics in his maiden speech Thursday after a bruising leadership contest.

Pistorius approaches top court over sentence: lawyer

Johanesburg - Former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has filed papers to South Africa's Constitutional Court appealing against his 13-year jail term for shooting dead his girlfriend, a lawyer for the victim's family said Tuesday.

Celebrations and calls for unity as ANC greets new leader

Johanesburg - In the moments before Cyril Ramaphosa's triumph in the leadership race for South Africa's ruling ANC, he and President Jacob Zuma snapped selfies together.

Ramaphosa: Trade unionist, tycoon and now president-in-waiting

Johanesburg - Cyril Ramaphosa's long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire and now to within touching distance of the South African presidency.

S.Africa's ANC votes on new leader in tense ballot

Johanesburg - Thousands of delegates from South Africa's ruling ANC party cast secret ballots Monday to choose their next leader after repeated delays to a vote seen as a decisive moment in the country's post-apartheid history.

Zuma admits S.Africans 'not happy' with ruling ANC party

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma admitted Saturday that voters were "not happy" with the ruling ANC party as it began a five-day conference to elect his successor as party leader.

Zuma bemoans ANC infighting as party chooses new leader

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday blamed infighting and perceived corruption for the troubles of the ANC party, which risks losing power for the first time since the end of apartheid.

Weakened and divided, S.Africa's ANC to elect a new leader

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling ANC party holds a conference starting Saturday to elect its new leader in a hotly contested two-way race seen as a pivotal moment in the country's post-apartheid history.

Calls for army patrols as S.Africa gangland violence spirals

Cape Town - With rifles raised, South African police speed through the streets of Manenberg, responding to yet another call to quell violence in one of the country's most murderous ganglands.

S.Africa court orders prosecution chief to leave job

Johanesburg - A South African court on Friday overturned President Jacob Zuma's appointment of the head of public prosecutions, dealing a sharp reprimand to the scandal-tainted leader.

S.African VP says he believes Zuma guilty of rape

Johanesburg - South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said he believes the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape, triggered an immediate riposte from the presidential office.

The man with a young woman's heart

Cape Town - Fifty years ago South Africa stunned the world: A surgeon in Cape Town, Christiaan Barnard, successfully transplanted the heart of a woman into the chest of a dying man.

Mugabe's fall 'beginning of hope' for Zimbabweans in S.Africa

Johanesburg - Like many other Zimbabweans who found freedom and work in neighbouring South Africa during Robert Mugabe's oppressive rule, dissident Muchaneta Chijakara was overjoyed to see the veteran leader ousted.

White S.Africa farmers in new protest over murders

Pretoria - Hundreds of white South African farmers on Saturday took to the streets of Pretoria, demanding government action over a wave of murders targeting their communities in rural areas.

S. African court doubles Pistorius sentence to more than 13 years

Johanesburg - A South African appeals court increased Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend to 13 years and five months on Friday, marking a victory for prosecutors in a case that shocked the world.

Oscar Pistorius: The 'broke and broken' Olympian

Johanesburg - At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon.

Pistorius: From Olympic glory to jail for murder

Johanesburg - A South African appeals court on Friday more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, bringing it up to 13 years and five months.

S.Africa craft beers brew up a challenge to old order

Johanesburg - "We've got plans to export to the United States," grinned Luca Tooley who co-owns the Zwakala craft brewery in South Africa's northeastern Limpopo province.

S.Africa spy agency threatens to seek Zuma book ban

Johanesburg - South Africa's spy agency threatened on Friday to seek a banning order for a newly released book that makes a series of corruption allegations against President Jacob Zuma.
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