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South Africa bans liquor sales over Easter to prevent surge

Mar. 30, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will restrict the sale of alcohol and limit the size of religious and social gatherings over Easter to prevent the holiday from contributing to a new surge of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tuesday. “Given the role of...

South Africa's ex-president should be jailed, argues lawyer

Mar. 25, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for a commission investigating corruption in South Africa have asked the country’s highest court to jail former president Jacob Zuma for two years for failing to cooperate with its probe. The commission of inquiry into high-level graft,...

New virus variant detected in India; experts urge caution

Mar. 24, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A new and potentially troublesome variant of the coronavirus has been detected in India, as have variants first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, health officials said Wednesday. Health Ministry officials and experts, however,...

Hope that South Africa's COVID-19 corruption inspires action

Mar. 18, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — There's some hope in South Africa that this time the outrage against corruption inspires effective action. Public anger over suspect government contracts worth nearly $900 million for the purchase of supplies to fight COVID-19 may finally...

Tributes as leading South African reporter dies of COVID-19

Mar. 04, 2021 11:33 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes from journalists and politicians are coming in for prominent South African journalist Karima Brown who died of COVID-19 on Thursday. Brown, 54, had been hospitalized after falling ill and will be buried Thursday according to Islamic burial...

South Africa to spend $712 million on mass vaccination drive

Feb. 24, 2021 12:24 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country's COVID-19 battle and get the economy to rebound from its decline of 7.2% last year. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the vaccination...

South African ex-president's corruption trial set for May

Feb. 23, 2021 07:37 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial is set to begin in May, more than 16 years after he was first implicated in the graft allegations. Zuma, South Africa's president from 2009 to 2018, is accused of...

South Africa's president fights own party over corruption

Feb. 19, 2021 09:20 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption drive is facing stiff resistance from political foes within his own party, including his predecessor, who is openly defying a ruling from the country's highest court to testify at an inquiry into state graft. ...

A joke, a jab: South Africa starts vaccinating with leader

Feb. 17, 2021 10:51 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Cracking a joke about his fear of needles, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday became one of the first people to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in the country that has by far the highest confirmed virus caseload in Africa. ...

South Africa readies to give J&J jabs to health care workers

Feb. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is preparing to give its first COVID-19 vaccinations — shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still being tested — to health care workers this week, the health minister said Tuesday. The first batch of 80,000 doses of the J&J...