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Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, 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. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

May 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries are among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honors and an air force flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria

South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.  South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds its 54th national conference, with the party expected to elect its new leader, who will probably become the country's next president. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

Daniel Radcliffe set to star in new South Africa jailbreak drama

May 14, 2019 - 7:53 PM

In 'Escape from Pretoria,' the actor plays Tim Jenkins, a man who escapes from the Pretoria Maximum Security Prison in 1979

STAR. This 2016 file photo shows Daniel Radcliffe at the Deauville US Film Festival. The 'Harry Potter' actor stars in the upcoming film 'Escape from Pretoria.' Photo by Charly Triballeau/ AFP

South African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Scientists hope the technique can be used to save other endangered big cats

The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, northwest of the South African capital Pretoria, on September 14, 2018. They are a product of the successful pregnancy concieved via non-surgical artificial insemination of a lioness with freshly harvested semen from a male lion. Scientists hope that the technique could be applied elsewhere to save endangered wild felines globally. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe

South African court blasts Jacob Zuma over graft inquiry report

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:43 PM

The High Court in the South African capital of Pretoria orders Zuma to appoint within 30 days a judicial inquiry into the allegations that have hung over him and his associates

REPRIMANDED. This file photo taken on July 5, 2017 shows South African President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech during a closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ AFP

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film

May 19, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Daniel is set to star in Escape From Pretoria a film based on Tim Jenkin s account of his escape from the notorious Pretoria Maximum Security Prison

British actor Daniel Radcliffe reacts as he poses on the red carpet on September 9, 2016 in the northwestern sea resort of Deauville, as part of the 42nd Deauville US Film Festival. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

S.Africa appeal ruling sought on Zuma's 800 graft charges

May 24, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Pressure on the president would increase if some or all of the charges – which relate to alleged corruption racketeering fraud and money laundering – were reinstated

APPEAL. A file photograph dated August 6, 2015 shows South African president Jacob Zuma reacting whilst answering questions from opposition parties in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. File photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

S. Africa court to rule on Zuma corruption charges

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The decision will likely be appealed in a higher court by whichever side loses

PROTESTS. Thousands of South Africans take to the streets of Cape Town in protest against president Jacob Zuma calling for his resignation on Freedom Day public holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, April 27, 2016. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

S.African universities shut despite fee agreement

Oct 26, 2015 - 10:53 PM

South African campuses close many for a second week as students refuse to end protests despite a government decision to scrap the tuition fee hikes that triggered nationwide demonstrations

PROTEST. A demonstrator kicks a fence as students clash with police to protest against an increase in university fees on October 23, 2015 outside the Union buildings in Pretoria. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

S.Africa bans Sudan president from leaving after arrest call

Jun 14, 2015 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED The ruling is the first time any court has prevented a head of state from leaving a country following a request by the International Criminal Court

COURT ORDER. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is ordered no to leave South Africa after the international court called for his arrest. Photo from EPA

S.Africa vows crackdown against anti-immigrant attacks

Apr 19, 2015 - 9:28 PM

South Africa s Home Minister Malusi Gigaba resolves to end all acts that seek to plunge our country into anarchy

Court to rule on Pistorius appeal

Dec 08, 2014 - 9:56 PM

Pistorius allegedly receives special treatment in South Africa s notoriously corrupt prisons where reports of inmates using cellphones and even drinking alcohol behind bars are frequent

Moroccan diplomat killed in South Africa

Oct 08, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Police are still investigating how and why Fatmi Noureddine was killed An autopsy is being carried out

Mandela returns home

Dec 14, 2013 - 10:45 PM

The anti apartheid icon is set to be buried Sunday December 15 ending 10 days of national mourning and global tributes

Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end

Dec 14, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Sunday s funeral will begin at 8:00 am with a two hour ceremony for 5 000 people

ALMOST THE END. Women are consoled as they react in sadness after walking past the casket of late South African President Nelson Mandela, on the final day of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Matt Dunham/EPA

Queues deprive thousands of final Mandela goodbye

Dec 13, 2013 - 11:35 PM

For those who did manage to enter the venue the last glimpse of Mandela prompted powerful feelings

Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria

Dec 11, 2013 - 1:51 PM

Along the route South Africans formed a somber guard of honor for their iconic leader

S. Africa's China ambassador 'compares Mandela to Mao'

Dec 11, 2013 - 1:39 PM

In the days since Mandela s death Chinese state print and broadcast media have run reports highlighting the late South African leader s praise of Mao

Mandela funeral cortege to pass through Pretoria streets

Dec 07, 2013 - 6:40 PM

It will travel through the streets of the capital on 3 consecutive days

PEOPLE'S ICON. The South African government is encouraging people to line the streets of Pretoria where Nelson Mandela's funeral cortege will pass through. Rodger Bosch/Agence France-Presse File Photo

White supremacist in Mandela murder plot jailed for 35 years

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:35 PM

The perpetrators of a rightwing extremist plot to kill Nelson Mandela are sentenced to 35 years in jail

Mandela marks two months in hospital

Aug 08, 2013 - 11:40 PM

The critically ill former South African president marked 2 months in hospital as his compatriots extended their national vigil

STILL CRITICAL. A file picture dated July 2, 2005 shows South African former president Nelson Mandela waving to the crowd at the Africa Standing Tall Against Poverty concert linked to Live 8 in Johannesburg, South Africa. File photo by EPA/Jon Hrusa

Prayers as Mandela marks 2 months in hospital

Aug 08, 2013 - 12:36 AM

South African church leaders lead prayers in front of the hospital where critically ill former South African president Nelson Mandela is soon to mark two months in care

STILL CRITICAL. A file picture dated 02 July 2005 shows South African former president Nelson Mandela waving to the crowd at the Africa Standing Tall Against Poverty concert linked to Live 8 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by EPA/Jon Hrusa

Mandela still in 'serious, but stable condition'

Jun 11, 2013 - 10:08 PM

UPDATED South Africa says its former President is still in a serious but stable condition

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 27 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

Mandela successfully treated for gall stones

Dec 15, 2012 - 9:56 PM

Nelson Mandela was previously hospitalized for an acute respiratory infection in January 2011

Photo by AFP

Mandela responding well to treatment

Dec 11, 2012 - 10:58 PM

Anti apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has been suffering from a lung infection but is responding to treatment

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 40 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page