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Birthday party shooting in South Africa kills 8, injures 3

Jan. 30, 2023 08:28 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating a weekend shooting where eight people were killed and three injured after armed men opened fire at a house birthday party in the city of Gqeberha, formerly known as Port Elizabeth. According to police spokeswoman Priscilla...

Tiger on the loose in South Africa successfully captured

Jan. 30, 2023 06:11 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal welfare officials on Monday successfully sedated and captured a tiger that was spotted roaming a residential area to the east of the capital Johannesburg. Guards monitoring security cameras on an office building in the Johannesburg suburb of...

Escaped tiger in South Africa found and euthanized

Jan. 18, 2023 03:51 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A tiger that escaped from a private farm in South Africa and attacked a man and killed two dogs and a pig while on the loose for days was euthanized on Wednesday. Sheba, an 8-year-old female tiger, was shot in the early hours of the morning after being spotted...

South Africa: Search on after tiger escapes, attacks man

Jan. 16, 2023 12:23 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in South Africa are searching for a tiger that escaped from its enclosure at a private farm near Johannesburg over the weekend, injured a man and killed a dog. Local media said the man survived the attack but was taken to the hospital. ...

South African leader skips Davos amid electricity crisis

Jan. 16, 2023 06:29 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has canceled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos in order to deal with his country's worsening power blackouts. Ramaphosa's office made the announcement in a statement late Sunday. He had been scheduled to lead a...

Gerrie Coetzee, former WBA heavyweight champ, dies at 67

Jan. 13, 2023 05:46 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Gerrie Coetzee, a former South African boxer and WBA heavyweight champion who defied some of his country's racist laws during the height of apartheid in the 1970s and 1980s and won popularity with Nelson Mandela and both Black and white fans, has died. He was 67. ...

South Africa counts damage, death by tanker truck explosion

Dec. 25, 2022 07:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa was coming to grips Sunday with the full extent of the destruction and deaths caused by a Christmas Eve tanker truck explosion near Johannesburg as officials reported the death toll rising to 15. The truck was carrying gas when it got stuck under a...

Truck with liquified gas explodes in South Africa; 8 killed

Dec. 24, 2022 10:38 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A truck carrying liquified petroleum gas has exploded in the South African town of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, killing at least 8 people and injuring 50 others on Saturday, officials said. The top of the truck scraped a low-lying bridge, sparking flames that...

South Africa marks holidays despite nationwide power cuts

Dec. 24, 2022 02:37 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Christmas lights twinkle, holiday music plays and Johannesburg's popular Rosebank mall bustles with shoppers. Then the lights go out. The shops are pitch dark. “Hold on to your wallets,” calls out a customer to rueful chuckles. A long minute...

South African leader urges his ANC party to fight corruption

Dec. 20, 2022 11:51 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged his party, the ruling African National Congress, to fight corruption. “We have no choice, we either deal with corruption or we perish,” said Ramaphosa Tuesday, closing the ANC's conference where he was...