South Africa

Obama not to attend new South African president’s inauguration

 Obama not to attend new South African president’s inaugurationPretoria (South Africa), Apr. 30 : US President Barack Obama will not be among the heads of state attending ANC leader Jacob Zuma''s inauguration as the country''s fourth democratically-elected president, the foreign affairs department said on Wednesday.

Director general Ayanda Ntsaluba told the media in Pretoria that confirmations were continuing to flow in for the May 9 festivities, and so far, 21 heads of state have confirmed that they will be attending.

Winnie Mandela set to make political comeback

Winnie Mandela set to make political comebackJohannesburg - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who as Nelson Mandela's wife went from popular symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle to the depths of various legal and political scandals, is set to make a return to the political stage.

The 74-year old divorcee has been give a place high up on the list of successful African National Congress (ANC) candidates for the new parliament set to take its seats on May 6, the national election commission confirmed on Wednesday.

S.African airports to use technology that can help detect swine flu

Swine FluJohannesburg - Airport authorities in South Africa on Wednesday said the swine flu outbreak had provided impetus to plans for the installation of technology that can help detect the virus among travellers, according to press and radio reports. Bongani Maseko, operations director of the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), which manages the country's airports, was quoted gave details of the plans to thermal image detection systems in light of the outbreak.

"They would certainly help ... to detect people who may be carrying the disease," he told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Politician killed by colleague's husband in Lesotho

Politician killed by colleague's husband in Lesotho Johannesburg/Maseru - A politician in Lesotho was shot dead, allegedly by the husband of one of his colleagues, police in the southern African mountain kingdom said Tuesday. Dominic Motikoe, the head of the National Independent Party was gunned down while on his way back from Parliament on Monday, police spokesman David Mphana was quoted as saying in a report by the South African Press Association.

Shah Rukh To Fly Down With His Team From South Africa To Vote

Shahrukh KhanThe Elections never seemed more special, what with the whole Bollywood fraternity pitching their vote bank with abundant accountability.

While many of the A-Listers like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan will make sure they’re in Mumbai on April 30 to cast their vote, Shah Rukh Khan is going to go a step further.

He will be flying down from South Africa with his Knight Riders team just for a day on April 30 to cast their vote before flying back for their next match.

Several shot, one killed in political violence in South Africa

Several shot, one killed in political violence in South Africa Johannesburg - Several supporters of the South Africa's ruling ANC were shot and one person died in apparently politically motivated violence five days after the country's peaceful parliamentary elections. In addition to the fatality, seven persons were reported in serious condition in the province of KwaZulu-Natal after being ambushed near the city of Pietermaritzburg.

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