PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African track star Oscar Pistorius should serve three years of partial house arrest and community service for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, a witness said on Monday at the first day of the athlete’s sentencing.
The 27-year-old Paralympic and Olympic star, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, was convicted of culpable homicide last month for the shooting of 29-year-old law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
PRETORIA (Reuters) – Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for a sentencing hearing that will determine whether he serves jail time for the negligent killing of his girlfriend, or walks out a free man.
A stony-faced Pistorius stared straight ahead as police officers escorted him into the court building. He declined to answer questions from the scrum of reporters but greeted his family inside the court with smiles and hugs.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.
The Russian atomic agency Rosatom said on Monday it had signed a $10 billion deal with Pretoria to install 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2030 to help Africa’s most advanced economy cope with chronic electricity shortages.
PRETORIA (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.
The double-amputee, once one of the biggest names in world athletics, has reason to fear a guilty verdict after Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned seconds after saying key elements of the culpable homicide charge were satisfied when he shot Steenkamp dead on Valentine’s Day last year.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Rhino
poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when
they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being
piloted in the country’s flagship Kruger National Park.
The stakes are high, for rhinos are being slain in
escalating numbers for their prized horns, alarming both
conservationists and the government since wildlife in South
Africa is an important tourist draw.
PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many miners were “inhumane” and that he wished that he had done more as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to improve them.
His comments to an inquiry into the police slaying of 34 striking Lonmin miners two years ago were the latest sign of political pressure on mining companies to implement social obligations required by the government but poorly observed.
PRETORIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – South African Deputy President
Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many
miners were “inhumane” and that he wished that he had done more
as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to
His comments to an inquiry into the police slaying of 34
striking Lonmin miners two years ago were the latest sign of
political pressure on mining companies to implement social
obligations required by the government but poorly observed.
JOHANNESBURG, Dec 20 (Reuters) – South Africa’s biggest
union will not support the ruling ANC in elections next year,
its general secretary said on Friday, in a blow to President
Jacob Zuma, whose political support with the working class is
The salvo from the 330,000-member National Union of
Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is also another sign that
an alliance forged with the African National Congress (ANC) in
the common struggle against apartheid is falling apart.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s government dismissed criticisms on Thursday that a $21 million state-funded security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s private home was extravagant, saying features such as a chicken coop and cattle pen were more than “nice to haves”.
The cost of the upgrade has sparked an outcry against Zuma, whose unpopularity as South Africa’s leader since 2009 was highlighted when he was booed at a memorial for anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela on December 10.
PRETORIA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a personal goodbye to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on the final day of his lying in state.
Such was the crush of people wanting to see Mandela’s body in the Union Buildings in the capital Pretoria, that the government had asked others to stay away from the park-and-ride facilities set up to take mourners to the area.