Students outside  Union Buildings in Pretoria: On Wednesday 29 students were arrested after protesters stormed parliament during a budget speech. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South African president Jacob Zuma has backed down over increasing third level tuition fees next year following a week of protests that culminated on (...)

Pistorius family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess speaking to   media outside the home of Oscar Pistorius’s uncle, Arthur, where the athlete is to live under house arrest. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Prison authorities in South Africa have denied that Oscar Pistorius’s early release from prison on Monday evening amounted to the Paralympian receiv(...)

Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng high court in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius should serve three years of house arrest and community service for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a socia(...)

South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his murder trial  in Pretoria. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/Pool/Reuters

A government social worker assigned to give Oscar Pistorius emotional support after the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, told a court yeste(...)

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel cross-examines paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Marco Longari

Oscar Pistorius admitted yesterday he had “no reason” to fire the shots that killed his girlfriend as a prosecutor gril(...)

Military outriders ride past a village as they rehearse escorting the funeral cortege for former South African president Nelson Mandela in Mthatha,  Eastern Cape. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Former South African president Nelson Mandela will return to the village of his childhood in the Eastern Cape today for the start of two days of fu(...)

An ambulance believed to be transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at his house in Houghton, Pretoria. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela (94) has been discharged from hospital after a nine-day stay for treatment of pneumonia, the offi(...)