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Chaos as South African mayor leaves court

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Zandile Gumede speaking at a conference last year

Journalists were blocked from taking photos of the mayor of eThekwini after she was granted bail for a series of corruption charges.

Zandile Gumede was granted R50,000 ($3,500; £2,700) bail at Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.

She emerged into a chaotic crowd which broke into a commotion as she left the courthouse.

Her supporters covered her with coats and handbags so that she couldn't be photographed.

Mrs Gumede, a senior member of the governing ANC, has been accused of using her position to illegally interfere with a Durban solid waste contract.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to clean out the corruption that has become endemic under the ruling party, which has been in power for the past 25 years.

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US students robbed at South Africa school

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About 20 students from the US have been robbed at gunpoint while visiting a primary school just outside Pretoria in South Africa.

The students, who were visiting Mamelodi school in Tshwane as part of an outreach programme, were made to lie on the floor while robbers took their bags containing phones, purses and electronic devices.

An employee of the school was hit on the head by a gun and a passerby was shot in the arm by a stray bullet.

A school official told Sowetan Live that the armed robbers trailed the visitors' bus before following them into the school.

"It happened so fast, maybe in eight minutes. They had taken everyone's bag and headed for the exit. We started screaming," they said.

The official said the foreign students were "shaken" and "in tears".

The suspects have not yet been found and police are appealing for any information.

South African dating show welcomes first gay farmer

Head-shot of Damian, the first openly gay man to appear on the show Farmer Wants a Wife
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An Afrikaans dating show in South Africa is welcoming its first gay farmer.

In Farmer Wants a Wife, men working in the countryside are introduced to city women and pick which one they would like to make their wife.

Damian, 37, a cattle and sheep farmer from Bapsfontein, is the first openly gay man to be on the show in its twelve series.

The announcement provoked a mixed reaction on social media, with some arguing that the name should be changed from Farmer Wants a Wife to Farmer Wants a Partner.

Others praised the producers' "progressive" decision as the show has a predominantly conservative, Afrikaaner audience.

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South Africa to appeal against testosterone ruling

Caster Semenya competing at an event
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South Africa is to lodge an appeal after Caster Semenya lost her case challenging new rules that require female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland ruled on 1 May that female athletes with higher levels of testosterone must use treatment to suppress the hormone if they want to compete in sports events for women.

Spokesman for the South African sport and recreation ministry, Vuyo Mhaga, said the appeal would be lodged as soon as possible.

It was based on complaints over judges' past record on similar cases, lack of clarity and the handling of evidence, he said.

"We feel that the scientific information that has been brought has been actually completely ignored and we've got a belief that a different court will arrive at a different determination," he said.

The International Association of Athletics Federations argued that elevated testosterone gives athletes with Differences in Sexual Development (DSD) an unfair advantage.

When asked if she would take the treatment, Semenya responded: "No way."

"I don't know what will happen next," she said. "But no one should tell me what to do, if people want to stop me from doing something that's their problem, not mine."

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