Helen Zille, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, dances with supporters at a campaign rally in Hout Bay, Cape Town, on Thursday. The main opposition party has steadily increased its support base since 1994. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Party losing support amid corruption scandals and economic stagnation

An artwork created by South African artist Anton Kannemeyer depicting South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (right) and his predecessor Thabo Mbeki at the Stevenson gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.  Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

The main players as voters go to the polls

Oscar Pistorius   in the dock inside court in Pretoria. The murder trial will resume on Monday.  Photograph: Werner Beukes/AP

Athlete may have no option but to testify

South Africa president Jacob Zuma: €16.8 million was  spent on renovating his residence near Nkandla village in KwaZulu-Natal province.  Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

South African president claims he did not ask for €16.8m makeover

Jacob Zuma: the report recommended that he pay a percentage of the upgrade work overseen by the department of works. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

Investigation paints damning picture weeks before South African general election

Oscar Pistorius (centre) leaves North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Evidence of Estelle van der Merwe a further blow to athlete’s defence

Oscar Pistorius and June Steenkamp (second from right), the mother of Reeva Steencamp, at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday for the opening day of his trial. Photograph: Getty Images

Paralympian pleads not guilty to murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Police try to hold back the media as Carl Pistorius, the brother of Oscar Pistorius, arrives at North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday for the opening day of the athlete’s murder trial. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Athlete walks in through front door

An Australian TV journalist reports from outside  North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday ahead of today’s opening of Oscar Pistorius’s  trial for murder. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.

Star’s family calls for end to commentary as he prepares to face Steenkamp’s mother

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