Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir: Attended a meeting of the African Union in Johannesburg in June. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

South Africa’s high court yesterday refused the government leave to appeal its recent court ruling that it acted unconstitutionally by not arresting S(...)

Boys play soccer in Marikana’s Nkaneng township in front of the Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, South Africa. Photograph: Reuters

A new plan designed to stem the loss of thousands of jobs in South Africa’s mining industry was agreed on Monday by government, mining companies and u(...)

A derelict gold mine shaft’s winding gear in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The country is  the fifth largest gold producer in the world and has vast amounts of other minerals still to be unearthed. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Two leading human rights groups are approaching South Africa’s high court this week to seek leave to introduce evidence to a lawsuit that has the p(...)

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will leave prison on Friday: the lenience afforded Pistorius has sparked outrage on many public forums and on chat shows. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

For Oscar Pistorius, the five-year jail sentence he received for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of St Valentine’s mor(...)

The Springboks: pressure is on the team to record a win before heading to compete in the World Cup in England. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Black and white international rugby players have approached South Africa’s largest union to complain about the lack of transformation in the ethnic(...)

The bones of the dead ‘canned lions’ are increasingly being sold to Asia for use in potions and medicines

For most people the African lion is the king of the wild whose spirit symbolises strength and courage. But for thousands of big cats bred in captiv(...)

Gold and coal mining companies are engaged in what all parties are describing as difficult wage negotiations against a backdrop of falling metal prices. Photograph: Reuters

Falling metal prices and lower demand internationally are behind the loss of more than 23,000 jobs in South Africa’s mining sector and subsidiary indu(...)

Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi: the number of  millionaires in Mozambique will increase by 120 per cent to 2,200 by 2024, according to New World Wealth. Photograph: Etienne Laurent

Mozambique and Ivory Coast will overtake Angola and Ghana as the countries in Africa with the fastest growth rate of millionaires by 2024, research co(...)

President Jacob Zuma: the public protector said in a report last year that Mr Zuma had unduly benefited from the security upgrades which included a swimming pool, visitors’ centre, chicken run and cattle enclosure

The leader of South Africa’s opposition party, Democratic Alliance, has said the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s rural home far exceed the minimu(...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)