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President Michael D Higgins delivering the keynote address “On International Human Rights and Global Development” at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, yesterday. Photograph: Fennell Photography

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 President Michael D Higgins with  South African president  Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

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President Michael D Higgins at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, yesterday, where he delivered the keynote address, Challenges and Opportunites in Africa, on the 16th day of his 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

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South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is greeted by assistant minister for defence Stuart Robert and Queensland’s premier Campbell Newman on his arrival in Australia today in advance of the G20 summit. He left behind a controversy over a multimillion-euro overspend on upgrades to his home. Photograph: Steven Holland/Getty

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Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s public protector (ombudsman) had found that the president had unduly benefited from several non-security feature upgrades at his property. Photograph:  Neville Hopwood/Getty Images

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Oscar Pistorius after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/New York Times

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