Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Paralympian faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in October

Oscar Pistorius reacts to the verdict in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Alon Skuy

Acquittal on lesser charge could leave court’s decision open to appeal

Members of the African National Congress Women’s League protest outside the trial of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria yesterday. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

SA has progressive legal system on paper, but in practice ‘there are a lot of abuses’

Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry Steenkamp, glances at Oscar Pistorius  in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Judge says evidence against athlete was ‘purely circumstantial’

South African president Jacob Zuma. The presidency welcomed the decision by South Africa’s supreme appeals court to release the so-calld ‘spy tapes’ tapes but has said nothing else on the matter. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

South African opposition leader seeks to have withdrawn corruption charges reinstated

Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), leaves parliament with supporters in Cape Town. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

EFF MPs anger speaker with repeated calls for Zuma to pay back money they say he owes

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace , greet supporters at a  rally in Harare. Photograph: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

President Mugabe’s wife nominated as sole candidate to lead Zanu-PF women’s league

A baby white rhinoceros walks with its mother in the Kruger National Park. While rhino poaching occurs across South Africa, Kruger has been hardest hit. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Move to protect South Africa’s endangered animals from poachers

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma   at the US-Africa leaders summit  in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Extension was a main item on Africa-US summit agenda

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