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South Africa ruling opens way for apartheid-era prosecutions

Jun. 3, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A former South African police officer will face trial over the 1971 killing of an anti-apartheid activist after a court ruling that could lead to the prosecution of similar crimes . The high court in Johannesburg on Monday dismissed 80-year-old Joao Rodrigues' application for a...

Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa

May. 18, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old quickly recovered and said, "I'm just glad the idiot didn't interrupt my Snapchat." Video shows the former California governor standing and filming children at a...

South Africa votes with corruption, jobs as big issues

May. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections, with signs of a relatively low turnout and voters saying they were disillusioned by widespread corruption and unemployment. Despite the demise of apartheid 25 years ago, South Africa remains divided by economic...

The Latest: Polls closing in South Africa's election

May. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's elections (all times local): 9 p.m. Polls are closing in South Africa's national election. People who are still in line are able to vote but counting will now commence. Final results are expected by Saturday. Some 26 million people of South Africa's...

Post-apartheid South Africa is world's most unequal country

May. 7, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Perhaps nowhere in today's South Africa is the country's inequality on more dramatic display than in the neighboring Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton and Alexandra. With its gleaming high-rises and lush estates, Sandton is known as Africa's richest square mile. Alexandra, a onetime home...

South Africa's populist party takes aim at ruling ANC

May. 6, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With revolutionary rhetoric, bright red outfits and left-wing policies, the Economic Freedom Fighters have shaken up South Africa's political landscape, becoming a potent challenge to the ruling African National Congress. Firebrand leader Julius Malema, 38, has a knack for catching...

Corruption hot topic in South Africa's last election rallies

May. 5, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Campaigning for South Africa's upcoming elections reached a climax Sunday with mass rallies by the ruling party and one of its most potent challengers, ahead of national polls for president and parliament Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa's African National Congress, the party of...

South Africa sweeps into final election campaign weekend

May. 4, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's political parties on Saturday swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election in which the ruling African National Congress might find its greatest challenge from within. Twenty-five years after the racist apartheid system ended, the party of the...

Young voters eager for change in South Africa's election

May. 4, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At 24, Abetse Mashigo was born a year after South Africa's brutal apartheid system was dismantled. Yet she still feels frustrated by what she sees as continued economic inequality for its people. And that will be on her mind as she and others vote May 8 to elect a president and...

The Latest: Cuba's May Day rally denounces new US sanctions

May. 1, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on May Day events and rallies around the world (all times local): 7 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans have taken part in the country's annual May Day march, filing past former President Raúl Castro and successor Miguel Díaz-Canel in an event dedicated to denouncing new...