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South Africa: Top court upholds ex-president's jail sentence

Sep. 17, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's highest court on Friday denied an application by former president Jacob Zuma to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of court in a ruling viewed as a stern test of the country's resolve to hold powerful figures to account. ...

Despite COVID-19, South Africa to hold key local polls

Sep. 14, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After uncertainty if COVID-19 would force South Africa to postpone local government elections, the courts have ruled that the crucial polls should move ahead. Despite concerns about political rallies spreading the disease, South Africa's courts...

South Africa events industry gets boost with regulation ease

Sep. 13, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The hospitality and events industry in South Africa has received a major boost with the government easing tough COVID-19 regulations that have since June prevented it from accommodating more than 50 people in restaurants and public events. South...

South African riots to cost $1.7 billion in insurance claims

Sep. 08, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rioting that erupted in parts of South Africa in July over former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment caused damage worth $1.7 billion (25 billion rand), according to the state insurance company handling the claims. More than 300 people died...

South Africa to encourage vaccinations, but not force them

Sep. 03, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his government will encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccinations but will not force them. Ramaphosa said that he believes employees may refuse vaccinations on medical and constitutional grounds. ...

South Africa must guard whistleblowers says security expert

Aug. 27, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The killing of a South African health official providing evidence about an allegedly corrupt contract to purchase COVID-19 personal protective equipment has sparked calls for better protection of whistleblowers in the country. Babita Deokaran, 53,...

South African president testifies at inquiry into corruption

Aug. 11, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he tried to combat corruption he saw as the country's deputy president during former President Jacob Zuma’s controversial time in power. Ramaphosa, testifying at a judicial investigation...

South Africa's jailed ex-President Jacob Zuma in hospital

Aug. 06, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's imprisoned former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for observation near the Estcourt Correctional Center where he is currently serving a 15-month sentence, the government announced on Friday. Zuma is in prison for...

South Africa quickens vaccine drive, gets more doses from US

Aug. 04, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cars lined up by the strikingly modern mosque and were guided to parking bays where the drivers soon got jabs. The brisk pace at the Houghton mosque COVID-19 vaccination center is seeing 700 people per day getting shots and is expected to soon...

Regional forces join offensive against Mozambique extremists

Jul. 30, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rwandan troops have joined Mozambican forces to launch a major offensive against Islamic rebels in northern Mozambique as more troops arrive from South Africa and other neighboring countries to battle the insurgency. Less than two weeks after landing...