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South Africa arrests 56 for taking Cabinet ministers hostage

Oct. 15, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police said Friday they have arrested 56 people who will likely face charges of kidnapping after two government Cabinet ministers and a deputy minister were held hostage for three hours when a meeting with military veterans of the fight against...

South Africa's ex-president says he was unfairly imprisoned

Oct. 14, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma claims he was sent to prison in July because the country’s justice system is unfair. Zuma addressed his supporters on Thursday through an audio message at a prayer event in Durban, where many of...

UN told failure to deal with diversity is root cause of wars

Oct. 12, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One by one, South Africa’s former president listed African countries Tuesday where the failure to deal with diversity was a root cause of conflict, from the Biafran war in Nigeria in the late 1960s to the current clashes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. ...

Travel bookings surge as U.K. takes S. Africa off red list

Oct. 08, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African travel agencies report a surge in reservations for travel to and from Britain on Friday ahead of the country being removed from the U.K.'s COVID-19 red list next week. Some companies said they were being overwhelmed by the number of...

UK eases travel restrictions further by slashing 'red list'

Oct. 07, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Thursday that it is to relax travel rules further next week, a move that will open up many long-distance holiday destinations to travelers for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a year and half ago. As...

Mural of South Africa's Desmond Tutu is fixed for his 90th

Oct. 07, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu marks his 90th birthday Thursday, a portrait of him recently defaced by racist graffiti has been restored by the artist, who added a celebratory message. “Happy Birthday...

South Africa's Desmond Tutu turns 90 amid new racist slur

Oct. 06, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu turns 90, recent racist graffiti on a portrait of the Nobel winner highlights the continuing relevance of his work for equality. Often hailed as the conscience of South Africa,...

South Africa launches drive to vaccinate 500,000 in 2 days

Oct. 01, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa launched a new COVID-19 vaccination drive Friday and will try to give doses to 500,000 people in two days to reinvigorate a flagging campaign that’s coming up against hesitancy and complacency in the continent’s worst-affected country. ...

S. Africa president lobbies British PM over travel ban

Sep. 30, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Thursday he has had discussions with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson aimed at removing South Africa from a travel “red list” that bans visitors to the U.K. because of COVID-19. The...

Report: Corruption at S Africa health ministry during COVID

Sep. 29, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A report into dealings by senior officials at South Africa's health ministry during the coronavirus pandemic was made public Wednesday, revealing corruption, fraud and the misappropriation of millions of dollars meant to aid the fight against COVID-19. ...