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

President Michael D Higgins has come close to challenging the Government on the issue of direct provision for asylum seekers. Speaking to a gro(...)

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

Gender-based violence is one of greatest challenges facing South Africa today and it needs to be rooted out of local cultures, President Michael D Hig(...)

hildren in an Oranjekloof School classroom in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Photograph: Rogan Ward

Despite losing an estimated €150 million in the Irish property crash, philanthropist Niall Mellon says he is committed to continuing with his chari(...)

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

Poverty reduction must become a central plank of the policies African governments implement in the coming years to transform their economies into en(...)

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

South African opposition parties today called for a new speaker to be elected after pandemonium erupted in the National Assembly over a report that a(...)

Members of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF show their support for Mugabes’s wife, Grace, in Harare. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

The factions within Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party appear to be heading towards a decisive showdown at its December elective confe(...)

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

South African president Jacob Zuma has been absolved of any wrongdoing in the multimillion-euro Nkandla scandal in a report prepared by a parliamen(...)

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

South Africa’s prosecuting authority is to decide within a fortnight whether to appeal the conviction and sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar(...)

Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Renamo, the opposition political party, rallies support in Maputo, Mozambique,  at the weekend. Photograph: Antonio Silva/EPA

The stakes have not been higher since the end of the Mozambican civil war 22 years ago for the political parties and voters participating in the south(...)

Shrien and Anni Dewani. Photograph: Bristol Evening Post/PA Wire

British murder accused Shrien Dewani yesterday pleaded not guilty to having his wife killed on their honeymoon. He then recounted his version of even(...)