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Mar 4, 2014

Judge in Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo

PRETORIA (Reuters) – The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state’s first witness, who had asked that her image not be broadcast.

The warning was one several dramatic moments in the trial’s second day that saw a distraught Pistorius bury his head in his hands when the court heard details from the post mortem of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Feb 28, 2014

“Blade Runner” Pistorius faces day in court

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most recognizable athletes.

Barring a last-minute change of heart, the 27-year-old South African will enter a plea of “not guilty”, repeating his bail hearing assertions that he killed model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 after tragically mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet.

Feb 19, 2014

With picks and prayers, illegal miners risk all for South African gold

BENONI, South Africa, Feb 19 (Reuters) – After eight days
decomposing in a disused South African gold mine, 32-year-old
Blessing’s body was so bloated it could barely fit through the
tiny tunnel entrance hidden at the foot of a towering mine dump
in a town east of Johannesburg.

The corpse of his friend, Shelton, will remain forever in
the earth, trapped beneath immovable tonnes of fallen rock down
a hole too dangerous for professional rescue teams to enter.

Feb 7, 2014

South Africa’s townships blaze with anti-ANC anger

HEBRON, South Africa (Reuters) – It has become an almost daily ritual in the townships ringing Johannesburg and Pretoria – disaffected youths burning tires, looting shops and throwing rocks in a furious demand for jobs, electricity and, increasingly, political change.

Police respond with everything from rubber bullets and live ammunition – nine people have been shot dead so far this year – to shrugs of the shoulders, reflecting the pressure on officers faced with a seemingly unending flow of black anger two decades after the end of apartheid.

Feb 6, 2014

At least eight dead in S.African gold mine accident

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Rescuers recovered eight
bodies and continued to search for another missing worker on
Thursday after a fire and rock-fall at a Harmony Gold
mine near Johannesburg, the worst accident in South Africa’s
mines in nearly five years.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu ordered an
investigation into the incident at the Doornkop mine, 30 km west
(20 miles) of the city, after initial reports that the fire was
triggered by a small earthquake on Tuesday evening.

Dec 16, 2013

Mandela gone, South Africa must look to itself

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – Only a few hours after Nelson Mandela’s burial, the skies over South Africa’s Eastern Cape grew dark as a storm rolled in, a powerful but, according to locals, positive omen for a young democracy deprived of its founding father.

Whereas in the West lowering clouds portend trouble, in traditional South African culture they are seen as a blessing, the bearers of rain and good fortune, especially at a funeral, where they signify an elder passing peacefully into the bosom of his ancestors.

Dec 16, 2013

Analysis: Mandela gone, South Africa must look to itself

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – Only a few hours after Nelson Mandela’s burial, the skies over South Africa’s Eastern Cape grew dark as a storm rolled in, a powerful but, according to locals, positive omen for a young democracy deprived of its founding father.

Whereas in the West lowering clouds portend trouble, in traditional South African culture they are seen as a blessing, the bearers of rain and good fortune, especially at a funeral, where they signify an elder passing peacefully into the bosom of his ancestors.

Dec 16, 2013

South Africa buries ‘greatest son’ Mandela

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, leaving the multi-racial democracy he founded without its living inspiration and still striving for the “Rainbow Nation” ideal of shared prosperity he had dreamed of.

The Nobel peace laureate, who was held in apartheid prisons for 27 years before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Qunu after a send-off combining military pomp with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.

Dec 15, 2013

With a hole in its heart, South Africa buries Mandela

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa buries Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one momentous chapter in its tortured history and opening another in which the multi-racial democracy he founded will have to discover if it can thrive without its central pillar.

The Nobel peace laureate, who suffered 27 years in apartheid prisons before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, will be laid to rest after a state funeral mixing military pomp with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.

Dec 15, 2013

Mandela’s long walk nears journey’s end

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – The body of Nelson Mandela arrived on Saturday at his ancestral home in the rolling hills of South Africa’s Eastern Cape and was greeted by singing, dancing locals ahead of the anti-apartheid leader’s state funeral set for the following day.

As the hearse bearing South Africa’s first black president appeared on the horizon, crowds by the road broke into “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa), the evocative national anthem adopted after the end of apartheid in 1994.