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Dec 6, 2013

South Africans, some fearful, mourn Mandela

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) – South Africans united in
mourning for Nelson Mandela on Friday, but some feared the
anti-apartheid hero’s death could leave their country vulnerable
again to racial and social tensions that he did so much to
pacify.

As dawn broke and commuters headed to work, many expressed
shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol of
reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.

Dec 6, 2013

South Africans, some fearful, wake to life without Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africans woke on Friday to a future without Nelson Mandela, and some said they feared the anti-apartheid hero’s death could leave their country vulnerable again to racial and social tensions that he did so much to pacify.

As dawn broke and commuters headed to work in the capital, Pretoria, the commercial hub, Johannesburg, and Cape Town in the south, many were still in shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence.

Dec 2, 2013

South Africa charges Czech gold dealer with gangland violence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A Czech gold and diamond dealer who has been evading police for eight years was charged with a gangland-style attempted murder and kidnapping in a South African court on Monday.

Radovan Krejcir, 45, who is also wanted in the Czech Republic on multiple counts of fraud, pleaded not guilty as he applied for bail, and alleged he had been tortured with electric shocks while in police custody.

Nov 26, 2013

South Africa’s biggest union may break away from ANC

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s biggest
union is considering pulling out of the ANC-aligned COSATU
labour federation to form its own political entity, a split that
could hurt the ruling party in next year’s elections, senior
union sources said on Tuesday.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
is increasingly at odds with the African National Congress (ANC)
and COSATU – part of an official, three-way governing alliance
that also includes the Communist Party – over labour policies it
says are too pro-business.

Oct 29, 2013

Pistorius to face additional gun charges in murder trial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend due to start in March next year, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Pistorius, who is on bail, says he acted in self defense mistaking his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot and killed her on Valentine’s Day at his upmarket home in February. She was shot in the head, arm and hip.

Oct 14, 2013

France’s Hollande: Central African Republic troubles could spill over

PRETORIA (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Monday the collapse of the Central African Republic could destabilize the region, as he sought to drum up support for increased military intervention while on a state visit to South Africa.

France committed on Sunday to increasing the number of troops in its former colony by year-end, under a U.N. resolution, to help prevent the state spiraling out of control with the risk the power vacuum could encourage militancy.

Oct 7, 2013

South African parties tussle over road toll in economic hub

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 7 (Reuters) – South Africa’s main
political parties have clashed over unpopular road tolls that
analysts say could boost the chance of an election upset in the
country’s economic hub against the ruling African National
Congress (ANC).

The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has erected
huge banners on the road from Johannesburg to Pretoria with the
slogan: “E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC” – seizing
on the charges particularly hated by middle class voters.

Sep 3, 2013

South Africa’s Zuma appeals to gold firms, unions to avoid strike

PRETORIA, Sept 3 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob
Zuma on Tuesday appealed to unions and companies in the gold
industry to avoid an imminent strike that could seriously damage
Africa’s largest economy, force mine closures and cost thousands
of jobs.

Gold miners were set to strike for higher pay from Tuesday,
after talks between unions and companies broke down last week.

Sep 1, 2013

South Africa’s Mandela back home after long hospital stay

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela returned to his Johannesburg home on Sunday where he will continue to receive intensive treatment and care after spending three months in hospital with a lung ailment.

Mandela, 95, had spent 87 days in a Pretoria hospital after he was rushed there in early June suffering from a recurring infection in the lungs – a legacy from his time in jail under apartheid – that has dogged him for years.

Aug 19, 2013

Pistorius weeps in court as murder trial set for March 2014

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his model girlfriend, prayed and wiped away tears in a court hearing on Monday which set a March 3, 2014 start date for his trial.

Double-amputee Pistorius, 26 and known as “Blade Runner” for the prostheses he wears in competition, bowed his head and held hands in prayer with his brother Carl and sister Aimee before the brief hearing in a Pretoria court.