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South Africa finalizes treaty to extradite fugitives in UAE

Jun. 11, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa said Friday it has finalized an extradition treaty with United Arab Emirates that would allow it to bring back members of an Indian family accused of involvement in high-level state corruption to face trial. Brothers Ajay, Atul and...

South Africa's health minister put on leave over contract

Jun. 08, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's health minister was placed on special leave Tuesday over a corruption scandal involving an irregular government contract where $11 million was paid to a company connected to two people who used to work for him. Zweli Mkhize has been...

Foundation of FW de Klerk denies reports on his health

Jun. 08, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The foundation of FW de Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid president and a Nobel laureate, denied media reports Tuesday that his health was "rapidly deteriorating" after he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. De Klerk announced on his 85th...

Chaos in African parliament after 'I'll kill you' threat

May. 31, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — There was mayhem at a meeting of the African Union's parliament Monday as lawmakers scuffled over a ballot box and a man appeared to aim a head-high kick at a female colleague amid shouts that there were people armed with guns in the room. ...

South Africa returns to stricter lockdown, virus 'surging'

May. 30, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday that his country will return to stricter lockdown measures in the face of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases that indicate the virus is “surging again” in Africa's worst-affected nation. ...

Visiting South Africa, France's Macron pledges vaccine help

May. 28, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — On a visit to South Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed that his country will provide millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to help African countries speed up their inoculation drives. Macron pledged that France will help South Africa and...

Prosecutors: Ex-South African leader took hundreds of bribes

May. 26, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma accepted more than 700 bribes over the course of a decade before he was president, including cash payments from French arms company Thales, prosecutors alleged on the first day of Zuma's corruption trial on Wednesday. ...

South Africa's ex-president says he is ready for graft trial

May. 17, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma says he is ready for his trial on charges of corruption, racketeering, and money laundering. Zuma appeared at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday where the trial was adjourned to May 26 when he will...

S. Africa: Top official in ruling ANC takes party to court

May. 14, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A top official in South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has taken the party to court to challenge his suspension pending charges of fraud and corruption against him, heightening tensions within the fractured organization once led by Nelson Mandela. ...

South Africa's president suspends party secretary-general

May. 11, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has intensified the country’s anti-corruption drive with the suspension of his African National Congress party’s secretary-general, who is facing corruption charges in court. The decision made...