President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s revolutionary period was cited as inspirational by retired politicians from three former British colonies during a discussion, After Empire,(...)

File image from  January 21st, 2014 shows the controversial homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla.  File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s opposition parties have rejected President Jacob Zuma’s recent offer to pay for some of the upgrades to his multimillion-dollar Nklandl(...)

 Nelson Mandela in Dublin in 1990. Criticising their late president is no longer taboo for South African politicians.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Iris Times

In South African politics there are certain things that one just shouldn’t do. Top of the list is alienating voters, and a close second is publicly cr(...)

David van Rooyen being sworn in to succeed Nhlanhla Nene as South Africa’s minister of finance, while President Jacob Zuma looks on, in Pretoria. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/EPA

The sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene by President Jacob Zuma has been widely condemned, with critics claiming he lost his job(...)

June Steenkamp (centre) the mother of Reeve Steenkamp, is comforted as appeals court judge Eric Leach delivers his verdict, during the appeals court hearing, in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Thursday.  Photograph: AP

South Africa’s supreme court of appeal has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder, marking another dramatic day in a case that has gripped the world f(...)

South Africa’s former president Kgalema Motlanthe in December 2005, when he was general secretary of the African National Congress. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has given a highly critical assessment of the ruling African National Congress party’s current crop o(...)

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 (...)

Some of the thousands of students from Wits University in Johannesburg demonstrate during another day of protest against fee increases. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is to meet student leaders and university officials today in a bid to end a week of protests over proposed fee inc(...)

 Hand of friendship: South African president Jacob Zuma with Chinese president Xi Jinping on a recent visit to  Beijing. Photograph: EPA/Lintao Zhang/Pool

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party appears intent on adopting a pro-Chinese anti-western approach to its foreign policy in the year(...)

Oscar Pistorius during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Photograph:Alon Skuy/Reuters

Oscar Pistorius’s release from prison has been put on hold by the South African government. The Paralympian, convicted of culpable homicide for the k(...)