South Africa

  1. SA leader condemns attacks on foreign lorry drivers

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the recent spate of attacks on foreign drivers that has seen dozens of lorries torched or damaged.

    Groups representing lorry drivers have been holding demonstrations to protest against the hiring of foreign drivers.

    On Tuesday police in Gauteng, South Africa's financial hub, arrested of some of those allegedly involved in the attacks.

    President Ramaphosa said the "mindless and bloody lawlessness" can not be tolerated.

    He directed the ministers in charge of transport and labour to investigate the attacks and submit a report.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) southern Africa director, Dewa Mavhinga, has termed the attacks as xenophobic and shared a video of torched lorries.

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    Video caption: Zahara: Violence against women in South Africa 'a pandemic'

    Zahara, a platinum-selling singer in South Africa, talks to the BBC about surviving a violent attack.

  3. South Africa investigates exam leaks

    Education officials in South Africa are investigating a matric exams leak promising "dire consequences".

    Grade 12 students sit for their final exam called matric before proceeding to university or college.

    The examinations began on Monday and two papers leaked prompting the department for basic education to convene a meeting in the afternoon.

    "The investigations are at an advanced stage and details on the progress of the probe will be made public at the right time while areas of possible weakness have been identified," the department said in a statement.

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    The department condemned those trying to undermine the integrity of exams and asked students to pursue honesty.

    “We want to reassure the public that we are hard at work to ensure that we protect the examinations. The Hawks [police unit] have been helpful in working with us and there are encouraging developments coming from their side,” Education Minister Angie Motshekga was quoted as saying.

    Images of hard copies of the two papers were shared online before students sat for the papers, according to local media reports.

  4. Judge to file criminal complaint against Zuma

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    Image caption: Jacob Zuma was forced to resign as president in 2018 after being dogged by allegations of corruption

    A judge leading an inquiry into corruption in South Africa has said that a criminal complaint will be laid with the police against former President Jacob Zuma after he walked out of a hearing last week.

    Mr Zuma had tried to get Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo removed from the inquiry, accusing him of bias.

    But when that bid failed the former president and his lawyer did not return to face questions.

    At least 34 witnesses have directly or indirectly implicated Mr Zuma. He has denied any wrongdoing.

    The commission, which has been hearing testimony since 2018, said it would also urgently approach South Africa's highest court, the Constitutional Court, in an effort to compel Mr Zuma to comply with the summons.

  5. South African teacher shortlisted for global prize

    A South African teacher is among 10 finalists for this year's world's best teacher prize.

    Every year, one teacher is awarded $1m (£747,000) under the Global Teacher Prize for their contributions to the profession.

    Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba teaches at a primary school in Limpopo in northern South Africa.

    She told the BBC's Newsday about her teaching methods and how she wants to raise aspirations among her pupils.

    "I introduced project-based teaching knowing that we still have resources to experiment and practical lessons and I also use the indigenous knowledge. So I knew we grew up doing things a certain way I engaged members of the community to assist in the indigenous ways of doing things so that I can build confidence in them," she said.

    Ms Machaba encourages her pupils to aim higher and those who manage to go the universities come back to thank her.

    Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the prize last year.

    Here is Ms Machaba's full interview:

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    Video caption: Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba is a top 10 finalist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize
  6. South African teacher shortlisted for global prize

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    Video caption: Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba is a top 10 finalist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize

    Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba is a top 10 finalist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020 after being selected from over 12,000 nominations spanning 140 different countries.

  7. Malawi court frees South Africa bail-skipping Bushiris

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    Lilongwe, Malawi

    Pastor Shepherd Bushiri (R), also known as Prophet Bushiri from the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), stands on stage while his wife, Mary Bushiri, speaks to worshippers during the United Prayers Crossover at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on January 1, 2020
    Image caption: Pastor Shepherd Bushiri has a huge following in Africa

    Malawi's self-styled prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have been unconditionally released by a magistrate in the capital, Lilongwe, following their arrest on Wednesday.

    South Africa has demanded the couple's extradition after they skipped bail.

    Bushiri and his wife have been charged in South Africa, where they lived, with money laundering and fraud. They deny the charges.

    Their lawyer, Wapona Kita, asked the court to release the two unconditionally, saying their arrest had been illegal.

    The state prosecutor had asked the court to allow police to keep the couple in custody for a further 30 days to allow for the South African government to formally submit an extradition request.

    Mr Kita said it was illegal to arrest them before South Africa made a formal extradition request.

  8. Judge rejects Zuma's request to stand down

    Judge Raymond Zondo
    Image caption: Raymond Zondo is the second most senior judge in South Africa

    South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has failed in his attempt to have a judge recuse himself from the inquiry into corruption during his presidency.

    Judge Raymond Zondo ruled that claims that he was biased against Mr Zuma had not been made. He also denied being "friends" with the former president.

    Mr Zuma's lawyers say they will file for a review.

    The so-called State Capture inquiry is investigating claims that Mr Zuma - and his friends, the wealthy Gupta family - illegally gained access to lucrative government contracts.

    All have denied the allegations of wrongdoing during Mr Zuma's nine years as head of state; he was removed as president in 2018.

  9. Bail-skipping Bushiris forfeit South Africa home

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    Image caption: Shepherd Bushiri has a huge following in South Africa

    A magistrate in South Africa has ordered the seizure of a home of millionaire Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary after they skipped bail.

    The home, which is near the capital Pretoria, is valued at 5.5m South African rand ($350,000: £260,000), according to local media.

    A magistrate had ordered them to hand over the title deed of the property when they were granted bail on charges of money laundering and fraud.

    The couple deny the charges. It emerged last week that they had fled to their home country of Malawi. The pastor said the had made a "tactical withdrawal" because they feared for their lives.

    South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for the couple, and wants Malawi to extradite them.

  10. SA leader 'concerned' over escape of Malawi preacher

    South Africa's leader Cyril Ramaphosa says the escape of a Malawian preacher and his wife from the country has been "very concerning" and promised to take action after getting a detailed report.

    Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are facing charges of money laundering and fraud in South Africa.

    They fled the country last week and turned themselves in to police in their home country on Wednesday after South Africa issued a warrant of arrest against them.

    Mr Ramaphosa told a local TV station that the escape should "never have happened the way it did".

    "We are going to take action that's for sure," the president said when asked if heads will roll.

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    Some reports say that the self-declared "prophet" and his wife were smuggled out last week by a sophisticated syndicate which specialises in taking stolen cars from South Africa to Malawi.

    There have also been suggestions in the South African press that he was smuggled out in Malawi's presidential jet. Both governments denied the claims.

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  11. Orcas blamed for killing South Africa's sharks

    AUGUST 7: A great white shark shows its teeth on August, 7, 2015, in Gansbaai, South Africa.
    Image caption: This great white shark was seen in 2015, in Gansbaai, South Africa

    Orcas, also known as killer whales, may be behind the disappearance of great white sharks from South Africa's coastline, a government report suggests.

    Researchers were commissioned to investigate why there has been a steep decline in sightings of the sharks since 2017.

    The researchers said they "found some evidence for a causative link between the appearances of a pod of orcas that had specialised on preying on white sharks".

    They noted that a pair of killer whales was first sighted in the area in 2015. The remains of five great white sharks killed by orcas were also discovered in the Gansbaai area in 2017.

    The decline in the sharks had originally been blamed on illegal hunting and overfishing.

  12. Fugitive Malawian preacher turns himself in

    Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary appear at Pretoria Magistrate's Court on November 04, 2020
    Image caption: Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary were granted bail at the beginning of November

    Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have handed themselves over to police in their home country after skipping bail in South Africa.

    The couple turned themselves in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, on Wednesday morning, the BBC's reporter Nomsa Maseko says.

    Earlier this month they were released on bail by a South African court after being charged with fraud and money laundering. He had previously said that he wanted to clear his name.

    Mr Bushiri told his supporters on social media on Saturday that his decision to skip bail was because he had been receiving death threats.

    He also accused the South African authorities of not offering protection.

    South Africa had initiated the process of extraditing the couple and on Monday issued a warrant for their arrest.