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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 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 to extradite Mozambique's ex-finance minister

Aug. 24, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will extradite Mozambique's former finance minister Manuel Chang to his home country instead of to the United States where he faces corruption and fraud charges. Chang is expected to stand trial in Mozambique on charges of being involved...

South African activists slam J&J for exporting vaccines

Aug. 17, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health activists in Africa have slammed Johnson & Johnson for exporting vaccines produced in South Africa to countries in Europe, which have already immunized large numbers of their people and have even donated vaccines to more needy countries. ...

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's virus cases decline, liquor sales allowed

Jul. 26, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government has lifted a ban on liquor sales and relaxed other pandemic restrictions, reporting that a recent spike in coronavirus cases has passed its peak, the president said. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the...

South Africa's vaccination drive regains pace after unrest

Jul. 23, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is regaining momentum after being disrupted earlier this month by a week of riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, the country's acting health minister said Friday. At least 120...