Residents at the village of Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia, Mozambique, after an attack by Islamist militants in 2019. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

Southern African nation had asked for support against uprising that has killed 2,000 people

A woman holds her younger child while standing in a burned out area in the recently attacked village of Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia, Mozambique. Photograph:  Marco Longari/AFP

African region’s colonial past makes military assistance potentially problematic

A medical professional sanitises visiting patients in Springs, Johannesburg. Photograph:  Yeshiel Panchia/EPA

Scientists seek answers to why country’s Covid-19 death rate remains relatively low

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa: African National Congress has chosen to back his efforts to tackle corruption in the party. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP

South African president calls on executive committee to purge party officials charged with wrongdoing

Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused his political opponents of working with foreigners to destabilise the country. Photograph: EPA

Local hierarchy critical of ‘alarming levels’ of graft in country enduring ‘multilayered crisis’

Children in their social-distanced squares in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Photograph: EPA

Firms can operate, domestic travel, family gatherings allowed, schools to partially reopen

Patrick Sitwayi, who lives in Upper Mcambalala with his wife, five children and three grand children. He has silicosis from working underground in the gold mines for 22 years. Photograph: Thom Pierce (thompierce.com)

Miners suffering from lung diseases are more vulnerable to Covid-19, say doctors

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: Baba Jiyane/EPA

Ruling party members involved in fraud related to coronavirus contract tenders

A woman walks on a deserted street in the central Harare, Zimbabwe, where there is a  6pm-6am curfew. Photograph: EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

Opponents believe the president is using the Covid-19 lockdown to suppress opposition rather than to save lives

Cape Town: people faced with hunger, poverty and unemployment receive food parcels, hygiene packs and blankets. Photograph: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty

Letter: Conundrum of how to save lives while not destroying livelihoods is formidable

A customer shops at a Liquor City shop in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early June. File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

Opposition criticises new rules, which include a ban on the sale of alcohol

People check the food parcels they   received  in Brakpan, Gauteng province, where coronavirus cases have surged. Photograph:  Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

Health minister warns bed capacity in all provinces to be overwhelmed in weeks ahead

Khayelitsha Field Hospital is in a community sports centre in the township on the outskirts of Cape Town. Photograph: Médecins Sans Frontières

Minister for health ‘extremely concerned’ about public ‘letting their guard down’

Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema has been accused of benefiting from the looted money. He denies it. Photograph: Jordi Matas

Seven face charges of racketeering, theft, fraud, corruption and money laundering at VBS

The aftermath of an attack by Islamic militants on the village of   Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia.  More than 210,000 people have been forcibly displaced by the ongoing violence   in northern Mozambique. Photograph: Maco Longari/AFP/Getty

Southern African nations preoccupied with curbing Covid-19 threat at home

A worker taking   the temperature of a customer  in a  furniture shop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Luca Sola/AFPvia Getty Images

Pretoria high court judge rules that an ‘overwhelming number’ of lockdown restrictions are unconstitutional and invalid

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivering a speech via video link at the opening of the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Lockdown measures to be further eased from start of June despite surge in cases

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa said the restrictions would remain in place indefinitely because the country needed to ease strategically  out of its lockdown. Photograph:  EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

Rights groups concerned as three female MDC members say they were abducted and sexually assaulted

Dr Katherine Gill (left) of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation with volunteer nurses outside the foundation’s mobile testing clinic in Guguletu. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

Despite early success, officials know that townships remain vulnerable to outbreak

On April 21st a €25 billion social and economic package for South Africa was announced to counter the crippling effect the lockdown was having on businesses. Photograph:  Marco Longari / AFP

Tourism businesses are being awarded Covid-19 aid based on their compliance with black economic empowerment policies

Cuban health workers arriving at the Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria on Monday. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS/AFP via Getty Images

Minister praises ‘solidarity’ as medical mission underlines countries’ close relationship

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa: “Our people need to eat. They need to earn a living.”  Photograph: Jerome De Lay

Ramaphosa to reopen mines and some schools under phased lifting of restrictions

According to South Africa’s Institute  for Security Studies researchers, policing lockdown restrictions is now a major challenge. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Cape Town Letter: However an upswing in gender-based violence in households has been reported

 Health workers in the Strandfontein temporary homeless shelter site in Cape Town: President Cyril   Ramaphosa said the pre-lockdown figures represented an average increase in daily Covid-19 cases of 42 per cent. Photograph: Nic Bothma

Opposition DA party criticises Ramaphosa for move in terms of ‘lives versus livelihoods’

 Residents fetch water from a bore hole in Mbare, Zimbabwe, during a nationwide lockdown on Wednesday. Photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Trócaire and Goal assist in virus education in country hugely vulnerable to outbreak

Residents of Madala Men’s Hostel in Alexandra, South Africa cover their noses as they wait to collect sanitiser from health workers on Wednesday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Government sends out 10,000 volunteers in effort to contain virus ahead of flu season

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa: as coronavirus tally rose 218 cases in 24 hours, he said, “We fear that it might rise much further than that.”  Photograph:  Phill Magakoe

Armed soldiers to be deployed in country with high rate of suppressed immunity

A customer wearing a mask against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outside Makro in Pretoria East. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty

Health minister warns public as number of cases rises to 554, increase of 102 in 24 hours

The high court ruling will give Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration a timely credibility boost, as one of the central planks of his campaign to become leader of the ANC in 2017 was a promise to fight public sector corruption.  File photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty

Inquiry last year had found South African leader should be investigated over €28,000 donation

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa: his government’s attempts to alleviate the food crisis have had limited success. File photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Country suffering worst food shortage in living memory despite government efforts

Customers shop for hand sanitisers at a store in Johannesburg on Friday following the government announcement   of the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in South Africa. Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP

Over 7m HIV/Aids sufferers and poor health system raise stakes as first case confirmed

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address in Cape Town was not well received. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Pool Photo via AP

Government under pressure to deliver plan that saves country from ‘economic meltdown’

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, Maesaiah. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Lawyers for Thomas Thabane argue he should not be charged while still in power

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his second wife, Maesaiah Thabane, at the former’s inauguration in Maseru. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Thomas Thabane claims he left for South Africa for a medical check-up

 Mozambique’s army marches at the inauguration of President Filipe Nyusi, in Maputo, on January 15th. Mutilated bodies and burned-out villages have  forced at least 65,000  to become internal refugees. Photograph: Roberto Paquete/AFP

Isis claims 23 attacks in Cabo Delgado, while some say extremism product of poverty

Isabel dos Santos has denied any wrongdoing. File photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

Daughter of ex-president of Angola alleged to have mismanaged funds at oil company

South African president  Cyril Ramaphosa: corruption inquiries likely to lead to his political enemies being held to account for alleged wrongdoing. Photograph: Wikus De Wet/AFP

Rating agencies rash to gauge South African president by economic measures alone, analysts say

 Former Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane: its first black leader, he  acrimoniously resigned in late October. Photograph: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan/Gallo Images

Analysts warn party may never reclaim support lost among black voter base

An anti-riot policeman in Zimbabwe tackles a woman  as police  disperse a crowd gathered to hear an address by MDC  Alliance Nelson Chamisa in Harare. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

‘We receive texts and messages that we are in danger and our children will be raped’

Zimbabweans queue to get a free monthly food basket at a pick-up station run by WFP and Goal in Mutare district, Manicaland province. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

The one-time ‘bread basket of Africa’ faces a severe crisis in wake of cyclone and drought

Jacob Zuma at his homestead in Nkandla back in  2007: has  said he does not have the money to pay his debts. Photograph: Simphiwe Nkwali/Sunday Times

Liquidators seek to recoup mortgage on former South African president’s property

South African rugby fans great the team on their national  tour with the Webb Ellis Cup in Pretoria on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Success has punctured air of national despondency by underlining togetherness

A great white shark breaches the water in False Bay, Cape Town. Photograph: Chris Fallows-Die Burger/AP

Cape Town Letter: Long-term absence could hurt marine environment and tourist industry

A polling officer explains the ballot paper to a voter at the Ntebogang Community Junior School polling station in Kanye, in Botswana. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP

Incumbents win five-year mandate in country deemed second least corrupt in Africa

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, the party’s first black president, stood down on Wednesday. Photograph: Gulshan Khan/AFP via Getty

Democratic Alliance’s top two office holders quit, leading some to question party’s future

National Electoral Commission  officials check ballots after closing their polling station at Chota Primary School in Beira on October 15th, 2019, after  the general election in Mozambique. Photograph: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Frelimo party set for huge victory as rival Renamo among those alleging vote trickery

 Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane speaks  in Johannesburg, South Africa. File photograph: Kevin Sutherland/EPA

Mmusi Maimane, the first black leader of the Democratic Alliance, faces a crucial meeting

President of Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and presidential candidate Ossufo Momade waves to supporters during a campaign event in Nampula, Mozambique. Photograph: Vasco Quembo

Frelimo and Renamo factions persist in violence and intimidation on campaign trail

Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa: Despite his promises to end the authoritarian approach to governance, the army and police have cracked down on protesters.   Photograph:  Tony Karumba/ AFP

Zanu-PF-led government urged to adopt a human rights approach to policing demonstrations

Youth carrying a portrait of Zimbabwe’s late former president Robert Mugabe at the Rufaro stadium in the capital, Harare, where his body will lie in state. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP

Zimbabweans torn in mourning for leader who ended colonial rule but ruined economy

 Members of Zimbabwe’s presidential guard with the coffin containing the body of  Robert Mugabe, upon its arrival in Harare International airport. Photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Former president’s family seeking to have him buried in home village instead of Harare

Arrested residents of Johannesburg’s Katlehong township lay on the ground on September 5th as South Africa’s financial capital is hit by a new wave of anti-foreigner violence. Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images

Two dead after mob goes on rampage in Johannesburg attacking foreigners

February 1980: Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe,who has died aged 95. Photograph: PA Wire

Guerrilla leader led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 and ruled with an iron fist

People  take part in a protest against the abuse of women by men outside parliament in Cape Town. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty

Protestors try to confront president over plan to tackle xenophobia and femicide

Plain-clothes members of the South African Police Service patrol the Johannesburg township of Alexandra. Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images

Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at mobs targeting migrants in Johannesburg

Whistleblower  Angelo Agrizzi: All of those  accused of corruption by him have denied any wrongdoing.  Photograph:  Wikus de Wet/AFP

CEO Gavin Watson died day before questioning at tax investigation into his affairs

Demonstrators take to Harare streets earlier in August. The country’s main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change, called for protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government’s management of the economy. Photograph: Getty

Little change one year on from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration

Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Sello Hatang: “We should not be poisoning the future through the gratuitous display of the old flag.” Photograph: Denis Farrell

Gratuitous use of South African flag from white rule period deemed hate speech

A soldier stands guard in the township of Philippi East, a township in Cape Town. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

Cape Flats has had 900 gang-related murders this year as politicians argue over resources

Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast with the vice-chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam Main Campus (UDSM), Prof William Anangisye; vice chancellors and deans at UDSM; Bronagh Carr, deputy head of mission / head of development cooperation, Tanzania; the Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania team and the Trinity delegation at UDSM.

Trinity is exploring student exchange schemes, joint degrees and collaborative research opportunities with African colleges

 Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane  at a parliament briefing in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Reuters/ Mike Hutchings

Calls for dismissal of public protector amid concerns over competence and neutrality

A youth  sells firewood in Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe, as power cuts continue. Photograph: Aaron Ufumeli

Aid target rises to €331m as humanitarian disaster feared in southern African country

Dr Graham Love, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority. ‘What is the point of having a specialist agency, conferring functions upon it and then ignoring or discouraging its advice?’ he writes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Higher Education Authority chief criticises Government ‘control’ over sector

Johannesburg: Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma gather at the end of the fourth day of his testimony during the commission of inquiry  into ‘state capture’. Photograph:  Yeshiel Panchia/EPA

Alleged corruption involved Indian family and South African officials

Former president Jacob Zuma addresses his supporters after the end of the fourth day of his testimony at a public sector  corruption inquiry, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Yeshiel Panchia/EPA

Former president had decided to stop co-operating with the investigation

Former South African president Jacob Zuma: whistleblowers allege he allowed Gupta brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh to hand-pick ruling party members who would do their bidding for cabinet posts. Photograph: Reuters

South African public sector corruption inquiry investigates role of former leader

Supporters of former South African president Jacob Zuma gather outside the Hill on Empire building in Johannesburg, where Zuma appears before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture over allegations that he oversaw systematic looting of state funds while in power. Photograph:  Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: The former South African president’s nervousness during the commission inquiry is at odds with his earlier easiness

Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday in Johannesburg. ‘I have been vilified, alleged to be the king of corrupt people.’ Photograph: Wikus de Wet/AFP/Getty Images

Former SA president tells inquiry that he and Gupta business family were just ‘friends’

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has accused the inquiry of being ‘prejudiced’ against him. File photograph: EPA

One-time ANC chief accused by whisleblowers of various offences, including bribery

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters with their leader Julius Malema. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty

Cape Town Letter: Disillusionment with corruption-tainted ANC spurs voter flight

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (left) with David Mabuza in Pretoria who he reappointed as deputy president. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Equal number of men and women named as ministers for first time in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa is set to emphasise national unity when he is sworn in as South Africa’s fifth post-apartheid president at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

ANC leader to be sworn in as South Africa’s fifth post-apartheid president in Pretoria

Former South African president Jacob Zuma on trial for alleged corruption in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. He is accused of taking bribes from French defence company Thales. Photograph: Themba Hadebe

Court told former S African president delaying prosecution on corruption charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma gestures during a lunch break while facing court charges that include fraud, corruption and racketeering. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/Pool via Reuters

Former SA president’s legal team apply for stay of prosecution on 16 corruption charges

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa: ‘We’ll be seeking to get people, men and women, who have great competence and capabilities to serve the needs of the people of South Africa.’ Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

SA president maintains only those fit for purpose would be appointed to executive

 The land grabs were blamed for destroying Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector, a pillar of its economy, and ruining the southern African country’s relations with Western governments. Photograph: AP/Rob Cooper

Robert Mugabe’s agrarian policy saw up to 4,000 farmers removed from their land

The president of South Africa and the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa (centre),  in Soweto. After casting his vote in this  week’s elections, he acknowledged the “rampant corruption” of recent years. Photograph:  Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images

Time will tell if the president secured big enough victory to quell the factionalism in the ANC

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, t the Independent Electoral Commission national results centre in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday.  Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Official outcome may be delayed while independent audit of results is carried out

 South African president   Cyril Ramaphosa greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto. Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images

Early election results indicate party’s worst performance since end of apartheid

People queue to vote in South Africa’s national and provincial elections at a polling station in the Tlhabologang township in Coligny on Wednesday. Photograph: Luca Sola/AFP/Getty Images

President urges voters to return ANC to power, saying it has learned from its mistakes

President of South Africa’s governing African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa gestures during the party’s final rally at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the weekend. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Former liberation movement’s popularity among electorate on wane over Zuma scandals

Members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association   after invading a white-owned farm near Harare, in 2000.  Photograph: Rob Cooper/AP Photo

The evictions were carried out under former president Mugabe’s land reform programme

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Cape Town, ahead of the general elections. Photograph: Rodger Bosch / AFP

Can political grandstanding and free T-shirts make up for the corruption scandals?

Protestors occupy the junction of a busy road as part of a service delivery protest in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, South Africa on  April 15th. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Protesters say sanitation, endemic crime and high unemployment among grievances

South African president Cyril Ramaphohas been advised to dismissed both lawyers based on the findings of the report. Photograph: SIyabulela Duda/EPA/GCIS/Handout

Report into numerous complaints made against the pair leaked to the media

African National Congress supporters listen to president Cyril Ramaphosa addressing them during an election rally held in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, on April 11th.  Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Party says it will remove ‘delinquent’ nominees ahead of crucial South African election

Former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma. The commission was primarily established to investigate if Mr Zuma facilitated government corruption. Photograph: AP Photo

Former head of police oversight body says ‘blue curtain’ stonewalled investigations

The late John Curran had been working in Cape Town as an educational director for thousands of children in the city’s townships.

Congolese cleaner alleges charity worker John Curran tried to rape him in his apartment

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa (right) toasts with former president Jacob Zuma and secretary general Ace Magashule (left)  during  ANC anniversary celebrations, in January.  Photograph:  Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

Book revelations about ‘Mr Ten Percent’ are a blow to ruling party’s re-election campaign

Former South African president Jacob Zuma: hit back at the report on Twitter. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

Former SA president accused of ‘serious breaches of constitution, policy and law’

Angelo Agrizzi, former COO of Bosasa, testifies at the commission of inquiry  in January in Johannesburg. Photograph:  by Wikus de Wet/AFP/Getty

African Global Operations, known as Bosasa, said scandal shut off access to bank services

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa. He confirmed  he had issued the order for the army to tackle the protesters. Photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Zimbabwe’s president says search has begun for lawyers, doctors and nurses who assisted civilians during protests over the economy

 South African president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Photograph: Siyabulela Duda/EPA

Ruling ANC vows to act amid fears a growing scandal could end its 25-year dominance

Former Bosasa executives  Angelo Agrizzi (left) and Frans Vorster arrive at the special commercial crimes court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday. Photograph: Shafiek Tassiem/Reuters

Former Bosasa executive one of four people arrested over fraud in prison services sector

Jacob Zuma, former president of South Africa. Photograph: Rogan Ward/File Photo/Reuters

Oil and gas company Falcon is accused of offering contracts for changes to fracking law

Angelo Agrizzi, Former COO of Bosasa,  testifies at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg. Photograph: Wikus de Wet/AFP/Getty Images

CEO of firm accused of corruption allegedly hand-delivered bribe to former SA president

A member of security gestures to the photographer as former Bosasa chief operations officer, Angelo Agrizzi arrives at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, probing state capture in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 21st Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Angelo Agrizzi is set to continue his testimony at a public inquiry into political corruption

The late John Curran had been working in Cape Town as an educational director for thousands of children in the city’s townships.

The Irish charity worker (60) was found stabbed to death in Cape Town last November

Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi claimed that minister of environmental affairs Nomvula Mokonyane was given regular R50,000 (€3,200) bribes for years. Photograph: Getty Images

Environment minister received bribes for years, former Bosasa executive tells inquiry

Angelo Agrizzi, former chief operating officer at Bosasa: unveiled by prosecutors as a surprise whistleblower.

Angelo Agrizzi alleges Bosasa firm laundered money for African National Congress

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