Saturday 27 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/04/13)
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, 94, received a visit in hospital from current leader Jacob Zuma on Thursday, who said the anti-apartheid hero was making "continuous improvement" under treatment for pneumonia. "Madiba is stable and we are thankful that he is responding well to treatment and that he is much better," Zuma said, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Mandela has spent just over a week in hospital. This is the third health scare in four months for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and was hailed as a global symbol of tolerance and harmony. He was in hospital briefly in early March for a check-up and was hospitalized in...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/03/13)
Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela's condition has not changed after a weekend improvement, the South African government said on Tuesday, and it denied media reports suggesting the former president had suffered a relapse in his pneumonia. "His condition is unchanged as reported yesterday," presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj told Reuters. The government said on Monday there was "no significant change" in the condition of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Asked about an NBC News report saying Mandela was still suffering a fluid build-up in his lungs, Maharaj said: "It is unfortunate that there are reports circulating in some media which suggest a deterioration, which is not true." Mandela was admitted to hospital late on Wednesday for a recurrence of pneumonia. Doctors...
(The Associated Press 04/02/13)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's leading opposition party on Monday urged President Jacob Zuma to withdraw troops from Central African Republic, where 13 South African troops were killed in the recent rebellion. There are suggestions that Zuma should be impeached for allegedly misleading parliament about the deployment of South African troops in Central African Republic. Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille's announcement that her party will present a motion in parliament Tuesday to demand the withdrawal of South African troops, comes amid increasingly angry debate over why the soldiers were deployed to Central African Republic at all, and suggestions they were sent to protect mining interests of South Africa's governing African National Congress. The ANC denies it has any business in...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/29/13)
Nelson Mandela spent a second night in hospital being treated for a lung infection while the South African government sought to reassure the nation about the health of its first black president and hero of the anti-apartheid struggle. The 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate received well wishes from global figures including U.S. President Barak Obama after he was admitted to hospital before midnight on Wednesday, his third stint in hospital in four months. The government said on Thursday he was responding well to treatment but had no new statement on his condition as of Friday morning. Current President Jacob Zuma urged the nation to remain calm and has asked people across South Africa and the world to pray for him...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/13)
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is "responding positively" to treatment for a recurring lung infection after being admitted to hospital overnight, the government said on Thursday. "He remains under treatment and observation in hospital," it added in a statement, without giving further details about the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader. Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994, has been mostly absent from the political scene for the past decade, but remains an enduring and beloved symbol of the struggle against racism. He is renowned at home and abroad for spending 27 years in prison fighting the last bastion of white rule in Africa and then promoting the cause of racial reconciliation. Mandela has been frail...
(The Associated Press 03/28/13)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African media says seven police officers were acquitted of murder and other charges for the death of a protester in April 2011. The demonstrator, Andries Tatane, was among others in Ficksburg town who were protesting what they said was a lack of basic services. Police used rubber bullets and batons against Tatane in an incident broadcast on national television. President Jacob Zuma condemned the killing. The South African Press Association on Thursday quoted Regional Magistrate Hein van Niekerk as saying that state prosecutors had not proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Van Niekerk also said it was unclear who fired the fatal shot. Earlier this month, nine South African police charged with murdering a Mozambican...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/13)
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said on Thursday, renewing concerns about the health of the revered anti-apartheid leader. A statement said the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate went into hospital shortly before midnight on Wednesday. It gave no further details other than to say he was receiving the "best possible expert medical treatment and comfort". Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994, has been mostly absent from the political scene for the past decade, but remains an enduring and beloved symbol of the struggle against racism. He is renowned at home and abroad for spending 27 years in prison fighting the last...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
A South African court sentenced suspected former Niger Delta rebel leader Henry Okah to 24 years in jail on Tuesday for masterminding two deadly car bombings in the Nigerian capital in 2010, officials said. The bombs killed at least 10 people during Independence Day celebrations in Abuja. Okah was convicted in January on 13 counts, including conspiracy to commit terrorism and detonating explosives. Okah, who denies any leadership role in the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), moved to South Africa after Nigeria issued an amnesty for members of the guerrilla group in 2009, lifting charges of gun-running and treason against him. The South African court tried Okah under counter-terrorism laws that cover crimes committed outside the...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(News24 03/13/13)
Johannesburg - A Lesotho man appeared in the Taung Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of being an undocumented migrant, North West police said. Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said the matter was postponed to 20 March and referred to the department of home affairs for further investigation. Bongani Masito, 40, was arrested in Taung on Monday for being in South Africa without the proper documentation. Police suspected he was also connected to three murders committed in Lesotho. One of the murdered men was a United States citizen. No further information on the murders were available. Ngubane said the man was arrested on Monday evening by local police. Officials from the US consulate and the Lesotho police went to Taung to...
( 03/12/13)
South African authorities might begin a murder inquiry involving WinnieMadikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, after police exhumed the remains on Tuesday of two anti-apartheid activists. The activists are said to have disappeared 24 years ago. Corlett ``Lolo'' Sono, 21, and 19-year-old Siboniso Anthony Shabalala, were among 21,000 people killed in political violence during apartheid by agents of the white-minority regime or by fellow activists within black liberation groups. In 1997, Sono's father told South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), a body set up to investigate apartheid-era atrocities, that he last saw his son in a pick-up truck with Madikizela-Mandela. He told the commission Sono had been beaten up and that Madikizela-Mandela told him that his son...
(Ventures Africa 03/12/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – South Africa’s Standard Bank Group has disclosed its Nigerian unit, Stanbic IBTC Plc, contributed 21 per cent to its Africa earnings (South Africa not inclusive) for the financial year ended, December 31, 2012. Exempting Standard Bank’s South Africa earnings, the group made R1.8 billion ($0.216 billion) as total earnings from 17 African countries. Chris Newson, Standard Bank Group CEO Africa, told THISDAY at the presentation of the financial institution’s 2012 financial results that Nigeria is a ‘key’ market for the group. “You remember that we have about 49 percent shareholders in Nigeria and the type of contribution as announced by Stanbic IBTC as a listed entity in Nigeria, effectively and 50 percent of that is included in...
(Inter Press Service (IPS) 03/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, Mar 11 2013 (IPS) - There is growing resentment in Africa about the way in which South Africa professes to speak for the rest of the continent in its role as a member of key developing nation blocs, researchers and experts have warned. South Africa is a member of the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) developing nations grouping, as well as the fledgling Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) club. But international relations and trade consultant John Maré told IPS that South Africa might be walking “a political tightrope.” “I think many African leaders, political and business, are resentful of South Africa having too great a role in the leadership of Africa,” he said. While he...
(Washington Post 03/08/13)
JOHANNESBURG — A South African police officer charged with murdering a taxi driver who was dragged from a police vehicle testified Friday that the man insulted him and grabbed a fellow officer’s gun. The killing of Mido Macia, a Mozambican who died in police custody on Feb. 26, shocked South Africans and viewers around the world after graphic video footage of him being tied to a vehicle by uniformed officers and dragged down a street was broadcast and posted online. Protesters gathered outside the Benoni Magistrate’s Court, east of Johannesburg, to demand that the officers not be granted bail. Eight officers were initially arrested, and South Africa media reported Friday that a ninth was also detained. During the bail hearing,...
(Mail & Guardian 03/08/13)
Provincial legislatures have paid out about R1-billion to political parties, relying on laws that appear to be unconstitutional. All parties, including the Democratic Alliance, which has publicly disagreed with the practice, have accepted the funds, which are distributed largely in proportion to the parties' strength in each legislature. The provincial party funding, quietly rolled out in six of the nine provinces since 2008, now runs at a combined total of more than R200-million a year, figures obtained by the Mail & Guardian show. Ever since the Gauteng Political Party Fund Act was passed at the end of 2007, there has been controversy over the constitutionality of such legislation. But KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, the Northern Cape, the Eastern Cape and...
(Mail & Guardian 03/08/13)
Veteran police detective Botha, who resigned unexpectedly on Thursday, has handled two controversial cases involving "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius. The most prominent is the murder charge brought against Pistorius who shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's morning. The athlete claimed he shot Steenkamp behind a closed toilet door, believing thieves had obtained access to his home. However, Botha was removed from the murder case at Pistorius's bail hearing after it was found he was facing seven charges of attempted murder for shooting at a taxi he believed to be carrying a supect. The other case he was involved in is a lesser known case, involving a R2.2-million claim Pistorius lodged against a student, who attended a party at the...
(ABC News 03/06/13)
A remarkably public feud erupted Tuesday within the family of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend, as the runner and his relatives distanced themselves from comments his father reportedly made about guns and crime in South Africa. South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, also waded into the family dispute. A spokesman for the party accused Henke Pistorius, the runner's father, of racism for his observations reported in British newspapers about crime against white South Africans and the suggestion that the ANC government isn't adequately protecting them. The Pistorius family and the reputation management firm it has hired are working to head off any negative publicity or controversy that might possibly have a bearing on...

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