BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) – That South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp when he fired four shots through a locked toilet in his home is beyond doubt.
But whether he will be heading back to jail for a long spell or enjoying the relative comfort of house arrest will depend on how the Supreme Court of Appeal interprets the legal principle known by the Latin words “dolus eventualis”.
BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) – Prosecutors called on Tuesday for South Africa’s “blade runner” Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder and sent back to jail for shooting his girlfriend, challenging a court’s decision to sentence him for a lesser offence.
The Paralympic gold medallist was freed on parole last month after less than a year of the five-year sentence given to him for the “culpable homicide” of Reeva Steenkamp, who he killed on Valentine’s Day 2013.
BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) – Prosecutors argued on Tuesday that South Africa’s “blade runner” Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder and sent back to jail for shooting his girlfriend, challenging a court’s decision to sentence him for a lesser offense.
The Paralympic gold medalist was freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of the prison term given to him for the “culpable homicide” of Reeva Steenkamp, who he killed on Valentine’s Day 2013.
BLOEMFONTEIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) – South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, faces years more in jail if state lawyers can get his conviction scaled up to culpable homicide from murder.
Prosecutors will argue before the Supreme Court that a high court judge was wrong to let Pistorius off the more serious charge after he fired four shots through a door on Valentine’s Day 2013, killing Reeva Steenkamp.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – As thousands of South African university students protested against tuition fee hikes this week, one banner stood out for its raw summary of post-apartheid disappointment: “Our parents were sold dreams in 1994. We are just here for the refund!”
The erstwhile liberation party of Nelson Mandela has comfortably won elections since toppling oppressive white rule 21 years ago, but is now losing favor with black voters who say it has done little to improve their lives.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 12 (Reuters) – South Africa’s exporters
have failed to take full advantage of the rand currency’s nearly
15 percent drop this year, hamstrung by electricity constraints,
labour tensions and an over-reliance on commodity trade with
The export sector has emerged as a key driver of growth in
Africa’s most advanced economy as domestic demand wanes, with
real net exports making the largest contribution to GDP in the
second quarter at 6.1 percentage points.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The recent downgrade to junk
of South Africa’s emerging market peer Brazil is a timely
warning that ratings agencies and investors will not hesitate to
punish signs of unwieldy budget deficits on a prolonged basis.
Closer to home, Zambia, whose currency skidded nearly 20
percent earlier this week after Moody’s cut its rating
, will give South Africa’s Finance Minister
Nhlanhla Nene cause for nervousness as he prepares his medium
term budget due later this month.
LUSAKA, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The endless drone and stench of
diesel fumes are daily irritants but Zambian barber Victor
Senti is grateful for the generator that has kept his business
going through months of electricity shortages.
The 35-year-old is worried about the future as the southern
African nation, the continent’s biggest copper producer after
Democratic Republic of Congo, grapples with what many say is the
worst economic crisis since the end of one-party rule in 1991.
LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia’s economy is likely to grow by less than 5 percent in 2015 due to a power crunch that has hit output from mining companies already grappling with a slide in global copper prices, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda said.
In an interview with Reuters, Chikwanda also said the government was reluctant to acquire more debt due to rising servicing costs, but if necessary would prefer longer-term loans as opposed to short-term IMF money.
LUSAKA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Zambia expects to triple power
output to 6,000 megawatts (MW) in 2 years through expansion of
solar energy by foreign investors, the head of its investment
Erratic electricity supplies have hit mining in the
continent’s second biggest copper producer, where the bulk of
its generation capacity of 2,200 MW of power is water-powered.