South Africa

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South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper blacks out pages in censorship row

The Mail & Guardian, one of South Africa’s leading newspapers, has blacked out several items in its latest edition as a form of protest against attempts to stifle one of its reports. The resulting publication, which you can see images of here, makes a mockery of attempts to prevent the paper from reporting certain allegations … Continue reading

South African teacher Guilford Shapo hacked to death in classroom

A teacher was attacked and hacked to death in a classroom while invigilating an exam in Ga-Mmasehlong village in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Guilford Shapo died later in hospital from wounds sustained in the machete attack. Staff at the school were alerted to the attack when students, who were supposed to be taking an exam, … Continue reading

Humphrey the Hippo kills owner Marius Els in South Africa

A man has been killed in Free State, South Africa after his pet hippo bit him to death. Marius Els, 40, had allegedly been warned that his attempt to domesticate the animal would lead to disaster. The 1 tonne hippo lived on Els’ 400-acre farm and swam with humans. Els claimed that his relationship with … Continue reading

Two men go on trial over murder of Eugene Terre’blanche

Two men have gone on trial in South Africa over the 2010 death of Eugene Terre’blanche. Chris Mahlangu and an unnamed 16-year-old deny all charges relating to Terre’blanche’s killing. Eugene Terre’blanche was a controversial figure in South Africa, and a key figure in the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB). When he was hacked to death witn … Continue reading

Desmond Tutu slams South African government over Dalai Lama visit

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has slammed the South African government after the Dalai Lama was forced to cancel an upcoming visit to the country. The Dalai Lama was due to attend Tutu’s 80th birthday celebrations, but had to pull out after he was not granted a visa in time. In a stunning outburst that shocked many … Continue reading

Two new bodies add to questions over death of ‘King of Teaze’ Lolly Jackson in South Africa

South African police investigating last year’s murder of ‘King of Teaze’ Lolly Jackson are now looking into the deaths of two of his colleagues. Police found the body of Lolly Jackson in May 2010, after receiving a phone call from a man who said he had killed the strip club tycoon. The caller was never … Continue reading

Michael Cohen survives South Africa shark attack

A British tourist has survived a shark attack off a South African beach, but only after rescuers used a wetsuit as a tourniquet. Michael Cohen, 42, lost both his legs in the attack off Fish Hoek beach earlier this week. It’s believed that Michael Cohen was mauled by a Great White and then managed to … Continue reading

ANC youth leader Julius Malema found guilty of hate speech over Apartheid-era song

Julius Malema, leader of the ANC Youth League and a man tipped to one day be president of South Africa, has been found guilty of ‘hate speech’ after singing an Apartheid-era song. The song reportedly referencing the killing of white farmers. The Afrikaner civil rights group Afriforum claimed that the song made white farmers feel … Continue reading

Gwede Mantashe confirms decision to move Julius ‘Juju’ Malema hearing away from Johannesburg

The ANC has confirmed that the disciplinary hearing into the actions of Julius ‘Juju’ Malema and Floyd Shivambu is to be moved away from Luthuli House in Johnannesburg, South Africa, following riots and angry confrontations between demonstrators. Malema is the youth president of the ANC and Shivambu is the youth spokesman. They have been accused … Continue reading

Protesters outside Luthuli House as ANC meets to discuss Julius ‘Juju’ Malema disciplinary hearing

There are tense scenes in South Africa‘s Johannesburg today, with roads leading to the African National Congress (ANC)’s Luthuli House HQ blocked ahead of a disciplinary hearing into ANC Youth League president Julius ‘Juju’ Malema. Malema and ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu have been accused of bringing the ANC into disrepute by, among other … Continue reading