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May 13, 2014

South African police deployed to platinum belt to protect miners

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police deployed additional officers to the platinum belt on Tuesday to protect miners returning to work this week, a police spokesman said, as producers pushed ahead with plans to end the country’s longest and most costly strike.

The four-month strike has halted 40 percent of normal global platinum production and dented already sluggish growth in Africa’s most advanced economy.

May 7, 2014

South Africans vote in first ‘Born Free’ election

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africans voted in the first “Born Free” election on Wednesday, with polls suggesting the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conqueror of apartheid will prevail even among those with no memory of white-minority rule.

Voters young and old wrapped up against the early morning chill to stand in long lines across the country, evoking memories of the huge queues that snaked through streets and fields for South Africa’s historic all-race elections in 1994.

Apr 23, 2014

South Africa’s ‘Born Frees’ struggle with history

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Nkululeko Simelane was born on April 27, 1994, her parents did not have to think twice about her name.

Her birth coincided with South Africa’s first multi-racial elections, the momentous day that ended three centuries of white domination and 46 years of formalized oppression of the black majority under apartheid.

Apr 11, 2014

Prosecutor tells Pistorius – ‘Your version is a lie’

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A South African prosecutor accused Oscar Pistorius on Thursday of lying and altering his story when the Olympic and Paralympic athlete described the night he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

The double amputee sprinter, once revered across the world for his triumph over physical adversity, faces life in prison if convicted in the Pretoria High Court of the murder of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model.

Apr 10, 2014

Prosecutor tells Pistorius: ‘You blame anybody but yourself’

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A South African prosecutor accused Oscar Pistorius on Thursday of blaming other people for his mistakes, as he sought to prove the Olympic and Paralympic athlete murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

The double amputee sprinter, once revered across the world for his triumph over physical adversity, faces life in prison if convicted in the Pretoria High Court of the murder of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model.

Mar 19, 2014

S.Africa watchdog: Zuma benefitted from “excessive” $23 million home makeover

PRETORIA (Reuters) – President Jacob Zuma benefitted “unduly” from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his home that included a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre, South Africa’s corruption watchdog said on Wednesday in a damning report six weeks before an election.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela accused Zuma of conduct “inconsistent with his office” and said he should repay a reasonable part of the unnecessary renovations, which also included a chicken run and a swimming pool that had been justified as “fire-fighting equipment”.

Mar 19, 2014

South Africa watchdog: Zuma benefitted from ‘excessive’ $23 million home makeover

PRETORIA (Reuters) – President Jacob Zuma benefitted “unduly” from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his home that included a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre, South Africa’s corruption watchdog said on Wednesday in a damning report six weeks before an election.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela accused Zuma of conduct “inconsistent with his office” and said he should repay a reasonable part of the unnecessary renovations, which also included a chicken run and a swimming pool that had been justified as “fire-fighting equipment”.

Mar 19, 2014

South Africa’s Zuma slammed for $23 million home makeover

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma “benefitted unduly” from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his private home that included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, the public protector said on Wednesday.

In a damning report released six weeks before an election, South Africa’s top anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma of conduct “inconsistent with his office” and said he should repay a reasonable part of the cost of the unnecessary renovations.

Mar 19, 2014

South Africa’s Zuma faces ‘fire pool’ graft ruling

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A South African anti-corruption watchdog unveils a report on Wednesday on a $21 million state-funded “security upgrade” to President Jacob Zuma’s private home that a newspaper says included a swimming pool and cattle enclosure.

If Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s long-awaited findings concur with leaked excerpts in the Mail and Guardian daily, they could damage the scandal-plagued Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in an election only six weeks away.

Mar 4, 2014

Pistorius gets emotional at graphic evidence

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius buried his head in his hands and wiped away tears after a South African court on Tuesday heard grisly details of the killing of his girlfriend, the first sign of emotion from the track star in his two-day murder trial.

The Olympian and Paralympian has been largely impassive during the trial for the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp in his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius has pled not guilty, saying he shot Steenkamp through a toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder.