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

South Africa’s stuttering economy will struggle over the next few years to achieve the growth rate required to tackle its high levels of unemployment (...)

Apartheid leader Eugene de Kock (l) appears before the Truth And Reconciliation Commission amnesty hearing in 1999. Photograph: Reuters.

Apartheid leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed ‘Prime Evil’ for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s an(...)

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

In the emotion-filled days that followed former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death a year ago today, the African National Congress party v(...)

Internal party pressure is mounting on South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma to reimburse the taxpayer for non-security upgrades made to his rural hom(...)

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(...)

The South African prosecution authority confirmed today it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month.

The South African prosecution authority confirmed today it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence han(...)

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(...)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “Ashamed to call this lickspitle bunch [the ANC] my government.” Photograph: Reuters

A planned summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates is not to go ahead in Cape Town this month because of the refusal of the South African government to g(...)

 South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma: The Regulations of Land Holdings Bill is one of a number of land reform bills that his government is trying to sign into law before the end of his term in office in 2019. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

A new property law that bans foreigners from owning land in South Africa will be fast-tracked through parliament before the end of the current admini(...)

People watch as their dwellings are dismantled in Lwandle, an impoverished area about 45km from Cape Town, after the South African National Roads Agency Limited obtained a court order to  remove squatters from the land. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s picturesque landscape is about to take centre stage in the country’s efforts to address one of the worst legacies of apartheid: the (...)