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ANC deputy leader included in S Africa cabinet

South Africa: South African President Thabo Mbeki appointed African National Congress (ANC) deputy leader Kgalema Motlanthe to his cabinet on Saturday after months of pressure from the ruling party. "Mr. Motlanthe will be responsible, for amongst other tasks, the coordination of Government Business," a statement from Mbeki's...

UNHCR calls S Africa not to deport Zimbabwean

Geneva: The U.N. refugee agency urged South Africa on Friday to stop mass deportations of Zimbabwean migrants, since some of those deported may be asylum seekers who have fled violence and political persecution at home. South Africa has deported some 17,000 Zimbabweans in the last 40 days alone through the main border crossing at Beit Bridge,...

S Africans demonstrate over prices, Mbeki policies

Cape Town: Thousands of unionised South African workers downed tools on Wednesday to protest against a sharp jump in food and fuel prices, shutting down businesses and rattling jittery investors. The walkout in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, home to two of the nation's largest cities, was part of a drive by the Congress of...

British FM begins South Africa

Johannesburg (S Africa): The crisis in Zimbabwe is on the agenda of talks between visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his South African counterpart, Nkosazan Dlamini Zuma, a statement said Sunday. Miliband arrived on Sunday in the African country for the 8th session of the SA-UK Bilateral Forum, scheduled on July 8 in Pretoria,...

S Africa president meets Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: South African President Thabo Mbeki, chief regional negotiator on the Zimbabwe crisis, met here Saturday with President Robert Mugabe and leaders of a breakaway faction of the main opposition party. Mbeki had a brief discussion with Mugabe, whose re-election last month has been rejected by the main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai...

UN chief urges to take initiative for peace in W Africa

United Nations: Although West Africa has made strides towards shoring up peace, the region must overcome such obstacles as youth unemployment, rapid urbanization and irregular migration, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public on Thursday. "Significant progress has been made in West Africa in the...

SA observes national xenophobia day

South Africa: South Africa is holding a day of national mourning to remember those killed during May's xenophobic attacks. President Thabo Mbeki is due to lead a tribute in the capital, Pretoria, to be attended by religious leaders and relatives of those who died. More than 60 people died when armed groups in Johannesburg and other cities...

S African Police forces engage in firing

South Africa: South African police opened fire on each other as national officers tried to break up a strike by local forces in Johannesburg, officials have said Thursday. National police intervened to break up a strike by metro officers that was blocking traffic. Seven metro police officers were injured, they said. A union official denied that...

S Africa urges Zimbabwe leader to keep on talks

Johannesburg: South Africa urged Zimbabwe's opposition to continue with talks to find a solution to the political problems in Zimbabwe after its leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of a presidential run-off vote on Sunday.    "We are very encouraged that Mr. Tsvangirai, himself, says he is not closing the door completely on...

S African mediators to ease Zimbabwe violence ahead of run off

Harare (Zimbabwe): A South African mediation team was in Zimbabwe on Saturday as part of efforts to resolve the country's political crisis amid mounting violence ahead of next week's presidential run-off election. The visit comes with South African President Thabo Mbeki reportedly seeking to have the June 27 run-off cancelled in favour of...

S African prisoners observes hunger strike

Johannesburg: Some 45 awaiting trial prisoners at the Kroonstad prison in South Africa were on Friday continuing with their hunger strike, the South Africa Department of Correctional Services said.    Departmental spokeswoman Puleng Mokhoane said the commissioner of correctional services in the Free state and Northern Cape, Zacharia...

S Africa and Spain behind Guinea coup

South Africa: South Africa and Spain both "gave the green light" for a failed coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, a British mercenary has told a court in Malabo. Simon Mann said it felt as though the coup attempt was an official operation. He also said that Sir Mark Thatcher, son of UK former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was one of...

S Africa cautioned over fuel shortage during 2010 World Cup

South Africa: South Africa faces possible fuel shortages during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, a government official hints in a discussion at parliament. "In the third quarter of 2009 we are expecting that South Africa won't be able to supply our inland (fuel) needs unless something drastic is done," Nhlanhla Gumede, deputy director of...

S Africa leader to meet Mugabe, doubts fair poll

Harate: South African President Thabo Mbeki will meet Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe on Wednesday for talks ahead of next week's presidential election run-off, Mbeki's spokesman said. South African ruling party leader Jacob Zuma, using his bluntest language to date over Zimbabwe's election, said he was not expecting a fair vote. "I...

Over two thousand Zimbabweans to return home from S Africa

Zimbabwe: At least 2,200 Zimbabweans affected by anti-migrant violence in South Africa last month are awaiting State assistance to return home, a senior Government official has said. Secretary for Foreign Affairs Joey Bimha said the government would continue assisting Zimbabweans affected by the xenophobic attacks until all citizens who require...