JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday for managing state secrets, ending a three-year battle over legislation critics say could be used to cover up corruption.
The Protection of State Information Bill has been one of the most hotly-contested legislative proposals of President Jacob Zuma’s government. The administration says it is needed to provide more effective regulations for managing sensitive information 19 years after the end of apartheid rule.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) – Five days after the rhino was gunned down, its carcass had been picked apart by scavengers while the poachers who killed the threatened animal had probably taken its valuable horn over the South African border into Mozambique.
All that was left of its calf was a skull swarming with flies and a few other bones collected by crime scene investigators at South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park for DNA tests that may one day be used to link the poachers to the stolen horns.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president Nelson Mandela left hospital on Saturday after more than a week of treatment of pneumonia that raised global concern about the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.
“(He) has been discharged from hospital today … following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition,” the South African presidency said in a statement.
JOHANNESBURG, March 29 (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela spent a
second night in hospital being treated for a lung infection
while the South African government sought to reassure the nation
about the health of its first black president and hero of the
The 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate received well
wishes from global figures including U.S. President Barak Obama
after he was admitted to hospital before midnight on Wednesday,
his third stint in hospital in four months.
DURBAN, South Africa, March 27 (Reuters) – China’s decision
to spend billions of dollars this week to revamp South Africa’s
rail lines and a major port show the importance Beijing places
on making sure African minerals reach its fast-growing
China has long invested heavily in Africa to secure
strategic commodities but has faced huge difficulties getting
them to ports in some of the world’s poorest countries, many
still reeling from damage inflicted by decades of civil war.
JOHANNESBURG, March 21 (Reuters) – The hearty
self-congratulation with which South Africa welcomed its
accession to the BRIC grouping of major emerging countries has
been met with a deafening silence from global investors.
Since Pretoria joined more than two years ago and changed
the group’s name to BRICS, almost all of the major BRIC funds
have maintained zero exposure to South Africa. If there is an
“S” country in their portfolios, it is more likely to be South
Korea or Singapore.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Dirk Coetzee, who led an apartheid-era death squad and later sought protection from the resistance movement that brought down South Africa’s white minority government, has died, a hospital said on Thursday.
Coetzee, 57, was a former police captain who blew the lid on his hit squad and fled the country in 1989, unleashing revelations that deepened the global isolation of the apartheid regime.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Trying to prevent HIV infection through vaginal gels or daily tablets has proven ineffective in the southern African region ravaged by the disease because people failed to use the medicines as required, a study released on Monday said.
A ground breaking study issued in 2010 indicated a vaginal gel containing a prescription drug can sharply reduce HIV infections in women who use it before and after sex, raising the possibility to slow the spread of the disease by giving women a way to protect themselves.
PRETORIA (Reuters) – Eight South African policemen have been arrested on suspicion of murder after dragging a man tied to the back of a police truck through a busy Johannesburg street in an incident broadcast around the world, a government watchdog said on Friday.
The video-recorded treatment of the Mozambican taxi driver has further damaged the reputation of the police force in South Africa where more than 1,200 people a year die in police custody.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police were caught on video dragging a man hundreds of meters from the back of a pick-up truck, hours before he died in custody, drawing a storm of protest against a force accused of routine brutality.
The 27-year-old Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, was found dead in detention with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post mortem report released by the country’s police watchdog.