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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.

Jun 4, 2013

“Blade Runner” Pistorius set to return to court in murder case

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.

May 31, 2013

Pistorius lawyer demands answers over bloody leaked pictures

JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) – Lawyers for “Blade Runner”
Oscar Pistorius demanded answers from South African police and
prosecutors on Friday after pictures of the bathroom and toilet
where he shot dead his girlfriend were leaked to a British
television station.

Sky News obtained a series of images of the crime scene in
Pistorius’ luxury Pretoria home where the double amputee track
star shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s
Day on February 14.

May 22, 2013

Zuma implicated in South Africa wedding plane scandal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African government report released on Wednesday implicated President Jacob Zuma in a scandal over a plane chartered by rich friends of his which landed at a military base without proper permission.

The presidency and Zuma’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) have denied demanding landing permission for the flight carrying nearly 200 guests for a wedding.

Mar 12, 2013

Winnie Mandela may face inquiry after apartheid-era activists exhumed

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African authorities may launch a murder inquiry involving Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, after police exhumed the remains on Tuesday of two anti-apartheid activists who disappeared 24 years ago.

Corlett “Lolo” Sono, 21, and 19-year-old Siboniso Anthony Shabalala, were among about 21,000 people killed in political violence during apartheid by agents of the white-minority regime or by fellow activists within black liberation groups.

Feb 28, 2013

Man dragged by South Africa police dies in 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.

Feb 22, 2013

S.Africa’s Pistorius goes free on $113,000 bail

PRETORIA, Feb 22 (Reuters) – A South African court granted bail on Friday to Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, after his lawyers successfully argued the “Blade Runner” was too famous to flee justice.

The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from the Paralympics star’s family and supporters. Pistorius himself was unmoved, in marked contrast to the week-long hearing, when he repeatedly broke down in tears.