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People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish  during this week’s march against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The wave of xenophobic violence that has blighted South Africa this week threatened to take hold in neighbouring countries yesterday, where locals we(...)

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma: opposition MPs maintain fireworks are likely in Parliament. Photograph: Reuters

Tensions are expected to run high on Wednesday when South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma appears before parliament for the first time since his refusa(...)

Archbishop  Desmond Tutu: said recently it felt like the dark days of apartheid had returned. Photograph: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

A growing number of overt public displays of racism have prompted a bout of national introspection in South Africa around the level of progress made i(...)

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(...)

President Jacob Zuma is expected to return to power in South Africa with the ANC party. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is sweeping toward victory in South Africa’s fifth post-apartheid election, handing president Jacob Zuma th(...)

 A supporter of the African National Congress (ANC) wears a t-shirt depicting late South African president Nelson Mandela as he stands in line to cast his vote at the Hospital Hill informal settlement south of Johannesburg today. Photograph: Ihsaan HaffeJee/EPA

South Africans voted in the first ‘Born Free’ election today, although polls suggest the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conque(...)

South Africa president Jacob Zuma: €16.8 million was  spent on renovating his residence near Nkandla village in KwaZulu-Natal province.  Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

South African president Jacob Zuma has questioned why he should reimburse taxpayers for t(...)

Jacob Zuma: the report recommended that he pay a percentage of the upgrade work overseen by the department of works. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

The long-awaited investigation into the cost of taxpayer-funded security upgrades to South African president Jacob Zuma’s private home has painted (...)

South African president Nelson Mandela exchanges a handshake with deputy president F.W. de Klerk after their inauguration in Pretoria, May 9th, 1994.Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.
Nelson Mandela: A timeline
  • Africa
  • December 5, 2013, 23:29

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Here are some of the major events in his life.July 18, 1918: Born to Hendry M(...)

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