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S Africa president Mbeki faces pressure to step down

Johannesburg: South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has come under renewed pressure to resign after a High Court judgement. It has been suggested he used his political influence to prosecute his rival Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma was fighting corruption charges in the High Court, but on Friday Judge Chris Nicholson dismissed the charges on technical grounds...

S African judge clears Zuma from graft case

South Africa: A South African judge threw out corruption charges against ruling party leader Jacob Zuma on Friday, clearing the way for him to become the country's next president. Judge Chris Nicholson granted Zuma's application to have corruption charges dismissed, saying it was clear there had been political interference in the case, and ordered...

Nigeria edge World Cup hosts South Africa

Port Elizabeth: Ike Uche snatched a 70th-minute winner to hand Nigeria a 1-0 win over South Africa in their World Cup qualifier in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The result all but ends South Africa's chances of qualifying for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals in Angola, a major embarrassment for the hosts of the 2010 World Cup finals. Uche turned...

S Africa fire claims 16 lives

Cape Town: Runaway bush fires and wind in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province have killed 13 people, disaster officials said on Monday, at the same time the Western and Eastern Cape were hit by rain, floods and gale-force winds. Liz Diedericks, a spokeswoman for KwaZulu Natal's provincial disaster management, said the fires were fanned by hot,...

S African man freed

South Africa: The South African man convicted of feeding one of his ex-workers to the lions has been freed on parole, after three years in jail. Mark Scott-Crossley was originally given a life sentence for murder but this was reduced after a judge said there was no proof the man was alive. The remains of Nelson Chisale's body were found in the...

Zimbabwe Opposition leader to visit S Africa

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will tour southern Africa to talk with leaders to help end the political stalemate. "We are aware that the Zimbabwean problem is an ongoing problem," said George Sibotshiwe, a spokesman for Mr. Tsvangirai, after a regional weekend summit in South Africa aimed at resolving the...

Police disperse immigrants in South Africa

South Africa: Police have fired rubber bullets to disperse people after two Zimbabwean immigrants' shacks were set on fire in Bokfontein, South Africa. The incident occurred after a Lesotho man knifed a Zimbabwean in a tavern on Friday night, police Captain Adele Myburgh said. Two shacks in the Bokfontein area were then set alight, she added....

Botswana president not to attend SADC summit

Johannesburg: South Africa confirmed here on Friday that Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama will skip the 28th summit of the Southern African Development Community(SADC) to be held here on Saturday and Sunday. Speaking at a briefing later in the day, South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the Botswana's president will...

SADC summit begins in S Africa

Johannesburg: A two-day summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) opened here on Saturday, with the review of political situation in the region and launch of the Free Trade Area (FTA) being top on the agenda. Botswana's President Seretse Ian Khama did not come to the summit in protest against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's...

Zimbabwe President faces pressures ahead of SADC summit

Johannesburg: When President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe attends a summit meeting here over the weekend he will face protests and pressure to surrender at least some of his power. Botswana said its president, Seretse Ian Khama, will not attend the southern African summit because Mugabe will be there, and once-supportive South Africans are to hold an...

S Africa vows to esure SADC integration

Johannesburg: South Africa promised here Thursday that it will do everything to ensure the deepening of the economic integration of the Southern African Development Community(SADC) during its chair. Speaking upon assuming the chair of the SADC Council of Ministers, South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said her country will...

Zimbabwe talks focused in the meeting between S Africa and Angola

Luanda: Zimbabwe issue topped a meeting here between presidents of Angola and South Africa, visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki has said. After the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Mbeki told reporters that he informed his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos of the talks he mediated between Zimbabwe's rival parties. The talks are...

Zimbabwe MDC leader halted from attending SADC summit

Harare: Zimbabwe authorities confiscated opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's travel documents as he was to travel to Johannesburg to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, agencies reported Thursday. The Movement for Democratic Change said that the Harare airport immigration officials seized Tsvangirai's passport,...

Zimbabwe power sharing deal possible says S Africa President

Harare: Power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe can still succeed soon despite disagreements over leadership, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday after failing to secure a deal at marathon negotiations. President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met in Harare for three days without reaching agreement, dimming hopes...

World Cup costs cross S African budget

Johannesburg: South Africa's preparations for hosting the 2010 soccer World Cup will cost more than 2 billion rand ($256 million) more than budgeted because of global economic trends, the deputy finance minister said on Wednesday. "We are talking about something that is north of 2 billion rand as we speak. That is the figure," Jabu...