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Feb 14, 2013

In violent S. Africa, Pistorius put faith in guns

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 14 (Reuters) – When armed robbers burst
into John Kullman’s Johannesburg home last year, putting a
pistol in his face and telling him to get on the floor, the only
thing he did was obey.

It’s a decision he says saved his life, and the lives of his
wife and two young children.

Feb 8, 2013

Maize or myth: Zimbabwe farming bounces back?

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 7 (Reuters) – More than a decade after the
chaotic and violent seizure of white-run farms by allies of
President Robert Mugabe, food production in Zimbabwe is
returning to 1990s levels as the new owners get to grips with
the job, according to a new book.

The farm takeovers led by pro-Mugabe independence war
veterans from 2000 onwards are widely seen as the catalyst for
an economic meltdown that culminated in hyperinflation and an
estimated 40 percent contraction in output over eight years.

Feb 6, 2013

South African 17-year-old dies of gang-rape injuries

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A 17-year-old South African girl died of injuries inflicted in a gang-rape at the weekend, provoking rare outrage on Wednesday in a country inured to some of the world’s highest levels of sexual violence.

The victim had been sliced open from her stomach to her genitals and dumped on a building site in the town of Bredasdorp, 130 km (80 miles) east of Cape Town, the Cape Argus newspaper reported.

Jan 29, 2013

Phone video of S.Africa mine massacre pressures police

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A cell phone video
broadcast this week of the police shooting of 34 miners in South
Africa last year has piled more pressure on the security forces,
showing officers bragging about the killings and undermining
claims that they fired in self-defence.

Reuters television footage of some of the killings at
Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine showed a dozen
striking miners being cut down in a hail of police bullets.

Jan 29, 2013

New South Africa mine massacre video pressures police

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A new cellphone video of the police shooting of 34 miners in South Africa in August has piled more pressure on the security forces, showing officers bragging about the killings and undermining claims they fired in self defense.

Reuters television footage of some of the killings at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine showed a dozen striking miners being cut down in a hail of police gunfire.

Jan 22, 2013

S.Africa’s ANC berates bank for “Arab Spring” ad campaign

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A major South African bank
has become embroiled in a row with the ruling African National
Congress (ANC) over an advertising campaign in which youngsters
voice concerns about the faltering progress of Nelson Mandela’s
self-styled ‘Rainbow Nation’.

The “You Can Help” (www.youcanhelp.co.za) campaign by First
National Bank (FNB), the high street arm of financial services
group FirstRand, was billed as a bid to reinvigorate
the push to build a non-racial democracy from the ashes of
apartheid.

Dec 13, 2012

S.Africa’s Motlanthe takes on Zuma for ANC top spot

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13 (Reuters) – South African Deputy
President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge President Jacob Zuma
for leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC)
next week, spicing up a one-sided race for the top political
position in Africa’s biggest economy.

Motlanthe aide Thabo Masebe ended months of speculation
about the internal ANC election in the city of Bloemfontein,
saying Motlanthe would enter the contest after winning the
backing of two of South Africa’s nine provinces.

Dec 11, 2012

South Africa’s churches accuse Zuma, ANC of moral decay

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s churches launched a blistering attack on the African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday, accusing the ruling party of moral decay and of abandoning Nelson Mandela’s goal to build a non-racial democracy from the ashes of apartheid.

In a letter to President Jacob Zuma published a week before an ANC leadership election and policy conference, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) threatened to agitate for a “more healthy democracy” if its concerns were brushed aside.

Dec 4, 2012

South Africa’s “spectre of nationalisation” laid to rest – Anglo CEO

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa has got rid of the “spectre of nationalisation” that hung over the mining industry and now needs to guard against damaging regulatory changes, the outgoing head of Anglo American (AAL.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said.

Cynthia Carroll also said on Tuesday that proposals for a minerals “resource rent tax” being debated by the ruling African National Congress were “unnecessary and unwise”.

Nov 9, 2012

“Gutted” Uganda reiterates Somalia withdrawal threat

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Uganda feels “gutted” and “betrayed” by a U.N. report saying it is helping rebels in eastern Congo and will pull its troops out of peace-keeping operations in Somalia unless the allegations are withdrawn, its junior foreign minister said on Friday.

Speaking four days after a senior U.S. official said she expected Kampala would keep its forces in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem was adamant his government had not softened its stance.