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South African president launches vaccine manufacturing plant

Jan. 19, 2022 09:35 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new vaccine manufacturing facility that he says will boost the country's capacity to make its own inoculations for diseases including COVID-19. The plant in Cape Town — a partnership between a U.S.-based...

Terrorism charge for suspect in South Africa Parliament fire

Jan. 11, 2022 09:55 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A homeless man accused of setting a fire that destroyed part of South Africa's historic Parliament complex was charged with terrorism Tuesday and sent to a psychiatric hospital for a month for assessment. Zandile Mafe, 49, appeared in a courtroom in...

Firefighters finally leave South Africa Parliament complex

Jan. 06, 2022 07:58 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Firefighters have left South Africa's Parliament complex and handed over responsibility for it to police four days after a major blaze destroyed the main chamber of the country's national legislature, authorities said Thursday. A man suspected of...

Suspect in South Africa's Parliament fire appears in court

Jan. 04, 2022 05:57 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man suspected of starting the fire that gutted South Africa's parliament buildings appeared in court Tuesday and will remain in custody pending a bail hearing. Zandile Christmas Mafe faces several charges including arson, theft, housebreaking and...

Fire reignites at South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town

Jan. 03, 2022 12:17 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The fire that has already destroyed South Africa's main Parliament chamber flared up again Monday about 36 hours after it started in the 130-year-old complex of historic buildings, authorities said. Firefighters have been sent back to the Parliament...

Fire ravages South Africa's historic Parliament complex

Jan. 02, 2022 11:52 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A major fire ripped through South Africa's 138-year-old Parliament complex on Sunday, gutting offices and causing some ceilings to collapse at a site that has hosted some of the country's pivotal moments. As firefighters struggled to tame the blaze, a dark plume of...

Tutu remains interred amid call to rename Cape Town airport

Jan. 02, 2022 09:06 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The remains of Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, were interred early Sunday during a private family service at the city's Anglican cathedral. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba laid a small box containing...

'Moral compass': Requiem for South Africa's Archbishop Tutu

Jan. 01, 2022 09:23 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been remembered at a state funeral Saturday for his Nobel Peace Prize-earning role in ending South Africa's apartheid regime of racial oppression and for championing the rights of LGBTQ people. “When we...

'A moral giant': South Africans pay their respects to Tutu

Dec. 31, 2021 11:13 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africans from all corners of retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu's “rainbow nation” filed past his plain pine casket by the hundreds on Friday to pay their respects to his life of activism for equality for all races, creeds and sexual orientations. ...

A tense exchange highlights unsettled part of Tutu's legacy

Dec. 31, 2021 02:15 AM EST

Desmond Tutu was begging for an apology. Not from a leader of South Africa’s former racist white government, but from a fellow titan of the anti-apartheid struggle. “I beg you, I beg you, I beg you, please,” Tutu implored Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at a 1997 hearing of the Truth...