South Africa

South African president survives in-party challenge to his rule

Scandal-ridden South African President Jacob Zuma has survived an unprecedented challenge to his rule within his own party, which said Tuesday it "did not support" a call for him to step down.

Pastor shocks South Africans by "healing" people with insecticide

A South African pastor has sparked a storm on social media by claiming to heal people with insecticide, local media reported Monday.

Four killed in South Africa floods

Four people have died in flash floods which swept over South Africa's economic metropole Johannesburg and nearby areas, the South African Government News Agency reported Thursday.

Thousands of protesters call for South African president to resign

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in the South African capital of Pretoria on Wednesday to call for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, who faces multiple corruption charges....

800,000 polystyrene containers burn on fishing vessel in South Africa

More than 800,000 polystyrene containers were ablaze on board of a fishing vessel in the harbor of the South African city of Cape Town, the city's fire and rescue spokeswoman Liezl Moddie said...

UN chief urges South Africa to reconsider decision on leaving ICC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged South African President Jacob Zuma to reconsider his country's decision to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Gambia becomes third African nation to withdraw from ICC

Gambia has become the third African nation to formally declare that it wants to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), after South Africa and Burundi.

ICC: South Africa, Burundi withdrawal "watershed moment" for justice

The African continent experienced a "watershed moment" for justice after South Africa and Burundi announced their withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the president of the court...

One killed, 100 injured in South Africa train collision

One person was killed and about 100 injured Monday when two passenger trains collided head-on in South Africa, the local news agency ANA reported.

Being in ICC prevents peacekeeping work, says departing South Africa

South Africa announced Friday that it will leave the International Criminal Court, saying its ICC membership hampered its efforts to help resolve conflicts in Africa.

Two Germans killed in light aircraft crash in South Africa

Two German nationals were killed when a light aircraft crashed in eastern South Africa, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

South African minister faces fraud charges, "spied" on taxpayers

South Africa's finance minister will appear in court in November on fraud charges as part of an investigation into his decade-long leadership of the tax authority, where he allegedly authorized...

Desmond Tutu speaks out in favour of assisted suicide

South Africa's Nobel laureate and emeritus archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke out in favour of assisted suicide on Friday, saying society should grant the terminally-ill the right to "die with dignity...

Push for closure of domestic ivory markets sparks controversy

The United States and 29 African countries on Monday pushed for a large-scale ban on the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to stop the dramatic decline of Africa's elephant populations.

Number of African elephants has dropped by a fifth in past decade

The number of African elephants in their home continent has dropped by more than a fifth in the past decade due to a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (...