Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe trips up: the 91-year-old oversaw the installation of his wife Grace as president of the Zanu-PF women’s league. Photograph: AP

As Robert Mugabe turns 91 today, he continues to cling to power at home

Studying by candle light during load shedding in Soweto.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africans endure up to three power outages a day as its electricity company, Eskom, struggles to cope

A  protest outside police headquarters in Pretoria. Despite some    efforts by authorities to clean up the police force, there has been no significant decline in criminality. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

Institute of Race Relations finds 1 per cent of officers have criminal records

Archbishop  Desmond Tutu: said recently it felt like the dark days of apartheid had returned. Photograph: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

Spate of attacks has stoked concerns about growth of white racism

Zimbabwe’s former vice-president Joice Mujuru, who has denied plotting against  the country’s president and her party leader, Robert Mugabe. Photograph: EPA

Mnangagwa’s new role sets him up to succeed Zimbabwean president

Children from the Zip Zap circus school prepare ahead of a World Aids Day concert in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Today is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death. Photograph: Nic Bothma

A year after his death, the ANC is tarnished by suspicions of corruption

Kenyan men work  on a road being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company: China has played a crucial role in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

Western countries increasingly see Beijing’s relationship with the continent as a threat

 Joyce Mujuru: Until recently she was considered the leading contender to take over from Robert Mugabe. Photograph: Getty Images)

Ruling Zanu-PF bars vice-president from contesting seat on party’s top committee

South African president claims not to have been involved in project so says he is not liable for any overspend

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