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Lesotho's Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, left, and his wife Maesaiah, right are seated in court, in Maseru, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.  Thabane appeared in court on Monday over the murder of his estranged wife after a weekend in which he was said to be receiving emergency medical care in South Africa. The matter was deferred to the High Court and the prime minister was not formally charged. (AP Photo)

Lesotho court to decide whether PM can face murder charge

Feb. 24, 2020 7:53 AM EST

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Lesotho’s prime minister appeared in court Monday but the murder case against him failed to proceed as the magistrate referred the matter to the Constitutional Court to decide whether a sitting prime minister can be charged with any crime. Prime Minister Thomas...

FILE — In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, former South African President FW de Klerk waits for President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa. De Klerk on Monday Feb. 17 apologized and withdrew his statement that the country's former harsh system of racial separation known as apartheid was not a crime against humanity. (Sumaya Hisham /Pool Photo via AP/File)

Ex-South African leader de Klerk sorry for apartheid comment

Feb. 17, 2020 9:32 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president FW de Klerk on Monday apologized and withdrew his statement that the country's former harsh system of racial separation known as apartheid was not a crime against humanity. De Klerk, the last president under apartheid, caused an uproar with the comment...

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Sumaya Hisham/Pool Photo via AP)

South Africa seeks more renewable energy amid power cuts

Feb. 13, 2020 3:42 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president said Thursday the coal-dependent country will turn to more renewable energy as one way to help ease power cuts that have “severely set back” efforts to rebuild the weak economy. But he warned of more blackouts in the immediate future. South...

Wreaths are laid at a statue of former President Nelson Mandela at the entrance to the Victor Verster prison in Paarl, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Thirty years ago, Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years of imprisonment at Victor Verster prison by South Africa's apartheid regime and instantly galvanized the country, and the world, to dismantle the brutal system of racial oppression. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

Mandela's release 30 years ago birthed a new South Africa

Feb. 11, 2020 11:09 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Thirty years ago, Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa's apartheid regime and instantly galvanized the country, and the world, to dismantle the brutal system of racial oppression. Raising a clenched-fist salute and striding purposefully...

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 20, 2008 file photo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founding member Joseph Shabalala gestures to the audience during the group's performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital Pretoria Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020, his family confirmed to local media. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, File)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies at 78

Feb. 11, 2020 10:38 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78, the group and the government announced Tuesday. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Tuesday morning, his family told local media. He...

Mozambique drops appeal in South Africa over former minister

Feb. 10, 2020 12:19 PM EST

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — The Mozambican attorney general’s office on Monday withdrew its appeal to South African courts to have former Finance Minister Manuel Chang extradited back home amid a massive debt scandal. Chang faces trial in the United States and in Mozambique for his involvement in the...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 1990 file photo, Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, gesture as Mandela walks free from the Victor Verster Prison in Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa after serving 27 years in prison. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 marks the 30 year anniversary of the release of the former South African president. (AP Photo/Greg English, File)

AP Was There: Nelson Mandela released from jail 30 years ago

Feb. 10, 2020 7:44 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: To mark the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, a key event in ending South Africa's brutal apartheid system of racial oppression, AP is republishing its coverage of Feb. 11, 1990. ___ Nelson Mandela walked through a prison gate to freedom...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa react, during a press conference at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Merkel is in South Africa to discuss trade, investment and energy issues with Berlin's largest trading partner in Africa. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Germany's Merkel in South Africa encourages a move from coal

Feb. 6, 2020 9:57 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — With the German chancellor by his side, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Thursday his country hopes to learn from Germany's experience of transitioning from coal to renewable energy to deal with climate change and a local electricity crisis. German Chancellor...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Germany's Merkel arriving in South Africa to talk trade

Feb. 5, 2020 9:20 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to arrive in South Africa on Wednesday to discuss trade, investment and energy issues with Berlin's largest trading partner in Africa. Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also are expected to discuss cooperation on the United Nations...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019 file photo, former South African President Jacob Zuma appears in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  The South African Broadcasting Corporation reports that an arrest warrant was issued for former president Jacob Zuma by a judge in South Africa Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, for failing to appear at court in a corruption case. (Michele Spatari/Pool via AP, File)

South African court issues arrest warrant for ex-leader Zuma

Feb. 4, 2020 7:32 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A judge in South Africa issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for former president Jacob Zuma for failing to appear in court on a corruption case that he has sought to avoid for months — now by asserting that he is ill. The National Prosecuting Authority requested the warrant, the...