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One President Leaves, Another Enters in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa set to take over after Jacob Zuma's resignation

(Newser) - South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa is in charge as acting president until parliament elects a new leader Thursday afternoon following the resignation of Jacob Zuma , the government says. The 400-member parliament, dominated by the ruling African National Congress party, is expected to select Ramaphosa to finish his predecessor's term,... More »

South Africa's President Zuma Resigns Amid Multiple Scandals

Calls to step down came from his own party

(Newser) - After eight scandal-plagued years, Jacob Zuma resigned as president of South Africa on Wednesday, CNN reports. The 75-year-old Zuma was ordered to repay millions last year after using public money to fix up his home. He also faces nearly 800 allegations of corruption going back decades. His party, the African... More »

An Attempt to Force Out the 'Teflon President'

Ruling party wants President Jacob Zuma to step down; 'defiant' Zuma says no

(Newser) - A "battle for the soul" of the African National Congress is taking place in South Africa, a political analyst tells the Guardian , which reports the ruling party is trying to force "Teflon President" Jacob Zuma to resign—a request the "defiant" Zuma is rejecting. In what CNN... More »

Lions Eat Suspected Lion Poacher

Authorities find remains, rifle in South African game park

(Newser) - A man believed to be illegally hunting lions in South Africa ended up being the prey himself. Authorities found the remains of the man in a private game park near the renowned Kruger National Park, and a police spokesman provides the grisly details to AFP : "It seems the victim... More »

Hunter Tracking Lion Meets the 'Ugliest End'

Big game hunter's death under investigation in South Africa

(Newser) - Pero Jelinic's love of big game hunting took him all over the world, but most recently to South Africa, where he hoped to bring down a lion. It was to be the "crown" of the Croatian's trophy hall, filled with "everything that could be hunted in... More »

Water Shut-Off Looms as Major City Approaches 'Day Zero'

Cape Town could be world's 1st major city to go dry

(Newser) - Long lines of South Africans collect water daily from a natural spring pipeline in a suburb of Cape Town, illustrating the harsh impact of a drought that authorities say could force the closure of most taps in the city in just over two months, an occasion known as "Day... More »

This City Set to Be World's First Big One to Run Out of Water

South Africa's Cape Town has less than 90 days' worth of water left in its reservoirs

(Newser) - April 22 has been set as "Day Zero" for Cape Town, but it's not a celebratory date. Time reports that following three years of record-setting drought, the South African city has enough water left in its reservoirs to last about 90 days—meaning it will become the planet'... More »

South African Party Protests H&M 'Monkey' Sweatshirt

The sweatshirt has caused controversy around the world

(Newser) - Members of a South African opposition party have stormed into some H&M stores to protest a promotional image of a black child wearing a sweatshirt with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle," the AP reports. Local media reports say the Economic Freedom Fighters members urged local... More »

Only Way to Get to the Bodies Was Through Cable Car's Floor

2 climbers lost their lives on Table Mountain

(Newser) - "It was below 10 degrees, ice cold" after midnight Tuesday as the last people came off South Africa's Table Mountain, having been stranded there for hours, says a rep for the country's national parks. What had kept them there were those who'd suffered a worse fate.... More »

Oscar Pistorius Injured in Prison Altercation

Said to have gotten in fight with inmate over phone use

(Newser) - Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was bruised in an altercation with another inmate over telephone use, a South African prison spokesman has confirmed. Singabakho Nxumalo of the Department of Correctional Services said Tuesday that Pistorius sustained a minor injury at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre last week,... More »

New Miss Universe Will Focus on Self-Defense

Latest winner is from South Africa

(Newser) - Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday. The 22-year-old, who wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defense causes, was crowned at the AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip, the AP reports. "HIV/AIDS is a very big problem... More »

Pistorius Prison Sentence More Than Doubled

Court gives him 13 years, 5 months for murder

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, a decision that more than doubled the Olympic runner's jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In an announcement that took a matter of minutes,... More »

Family of 'Dead' Pilot Believes He's Been Found Alive

Jerry Krause disappeared four years ago off the coast of South Africa

(Newser) - Four years ago, a missionary pilot from Minnesota disappeared during a flight from South Africa to Mali and was never heard from again. Though no wreckage of the Beechcraft 1900C was ever found, South African authorities declared two months later that Jerry Krause had crashed and died. Now his family... More »

Oscar Pistorius Hospitalized

The jailed Olympian was possibly suffering 'chest pains'

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius—the former Olympian currently in prison for the murder of his girlfriend—was hospitalized Thursday, with prison personnel initially worried he was showing the symptoms of a heart attack, USA Today reports. While South Africa's Correctional Services stated Pistorius was hospitalized with a possible heart condition, a... More »

Girl's HIV Drugs Were Halted 8 Years Ago. It's 'Promising'

Researchers point to early treatment that can possibly lead to long-term remission

(Newser) - A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines—more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure. Her case was revealed Monday at... More »

'Biggest Scam of 2017': Phelps' Race Against a Great White

Fans didn't realize he'd be racing against computer-generated sharks, not real ones

(Newser) - It was supposed to be the event of the summer. Well, OK, an event of the summer—but Michael Phelps fans still had high hopes for the swimming champ's much-hyped race Sunday against a bunch of sharks. They didn't read the fine print, however, and People and the... More »

On Desolate 'Roof of Africa,' the World's Priciest Diamonds

Beautiful gems go for 20 times the global average, but they're hard to mine

(Newser) - The world's highest mines, found in an area known as the Roof of Africa in the tiny nation of Lesotho, hold diamonds that are so prized they go for $2,000 a carat—20 times the world average of $100. But the excavation of these extremely precious gems is... More »

Man Who Received New Penis Is 'One of the Happiest Patients'

It's the world's 3rd-ever successful penis transplant

(Newser) - "He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward,” Seeker quotes Dr. Andre van der Merwe as saying. Van der Merwe and his surgical team at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, recently completed their second successful penile transplant—this time on... More »

Bones Found in 2nd Chamber of Cave Spur Huge Questions

More bones unearthed from H. naledi species, upending evolution beliefs

(Newser) - In 2015 it was a discovery described as "unlike anything we have seen." Now even more so. A second chamber in a South African cave system has produced bones belonging to Homo naledi, a species scientists now believe may have existed around the same time as Homo sapiens... More »

Elephants Kill Employee in South African National Park

The deadly attack happened Thursday in Kruger National Park

(Newser) - A herd of elephants has attacked a group of wildlife park employees in South Africa, trampling one to death and seriously injuring another, the AP reports. South Africa's national parks service said Friday that the incident occurred Thursday afternoon near a camp in the flagship Kruger National Park. The... More »

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