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Jul 18, 2013

Zimbabwe election ‘not looking good’, South Africa says

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A top South African diplomat said on Thursday that preparations for an election in Zimbabwe at the end of the month were “not looking good”, unusually strong criticism of President Robert Mugabe from his powerful neighbor.

Lindiwe Zulu, President Jacob Zuma’s special adviser on Zimbabwe, said Zuma had called Mugabe to tell him he was not pleased with the run-up to the poll on July 31, a date fixed by Mugabe after a Constitutional Court ruling but criticized by Mugabe’s opponents and South Africa’s government as too soon.

Jul 18, 2013

‘Steadily improving’ Mandela celebrates 95th birthday

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is “steadily improving”, South Africa’s government said on Thursday as the former president celebrated his 95th birthday in hospital amid tributes from around the country and the world.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, globally admired as a symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation, has been under treatment since June 8 for a recurring lung infection that has led to four hospital stays in the past six months.

Jul 9, 2013

South Africa’s Zuma ousts rival Sexwale in cabinet reshuffle

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma replaced Tokyo Sexwale as housing minister in a cabinet shake-up on Tuesday, removing the anti-apartheid stalwart who has criticized his rival’s stewardship of Africa’s biggest economy.

In a reshuffle less than a year before Zuma seeks re-election to another five-year term, embattled communications minister Dina Pule was also ousted, along with the minister of traditional affairs, Richard Baloyi.

Jun 29, 2013

South Africa’s Mandela ‘improving’ as Obama flies in

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ailing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is doing much better in hospital, his ex-wife Winnie said on Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obama arrived for a visit that will pay homage to a man he calls his “personal hero”.

The faltering health of the first black president of South Africa, a revered symbol of racial reconciliation, has drawn world attention since the 94-year-old was rushed to hospital with a recurring lung infection nearly three weeks ago.

Jun 28, 2013

Obama protesters rally near hospital treating Mandela

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africans protesting a visit to their country by U.S. President Barack Obama rallied on Friday a few blocks from well-wishers at a hospital in Pretoria where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is critically ill.

Obama, on a three-nation tour of Africa, was due to arrive in South Africa on Friday with White House officials saying they will defer to Mandela’s family on whether the first African-American president of the United States will visit South Africa’s first black president.

Jun 8, 2013

Nelson Mandela in ‘serious’ condition in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to hospital early on Saturday with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said.

The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for several days, a statement said.

Jun 8, 2013

Mandela in “serious” condition in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to hospital early on Saturday with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said.

The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for several days, a statement said.

Jun 4, 2013

“Blade Runner” Pistorius murder trial postponed until August

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A South African judge on Tuesday postponed until August 19 the murder trial of global athletics star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he made his first formal public appearance since his release on bail in February.

Jun 4, 2013

Pistorius murder trial postponed until Aug 19- S. African magistrate

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius arrived at a Pretoria court on Tuesday in his first formal appearance since his release on bail in February for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked through the main entrance of the Pretoria Magistrates Court shortly before 0700 GMT.

Jun 4, 2013

“Blade Runner” Pistorius back in court in murder case

PRETORIA, June 4 (Reuters) – South African athletics star
Oscar Pistorius arrived at a Pretoria court on Tuesday in his
first formal appearance since his release on bail in February
for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of
photographers and reporters as he walked through the main
entrance of the Pretoria Magistrates Court shortly before 0700
GMT.