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Oscar Pistorius trial: athlete 'a desperate man', say legal experts

Oscar Pistorius leaves the court on Thursday.

Oscar Pistorius did himself more harm than good when he took the witness stand, say South African lawyers.

UK honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani flown back to South Africa

Shrien Dewani arrives for a 2011 appearance at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London.

The businessman accused of arranging for his new bride to be murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town was flown back to South Africa on Monday night after more than three years of trying to avoid...

South African student dies after alleged teacher belt beating

Corporal punishment banned in 1996 ... Students at a high school in the heart of South Africa's biggest township Soweto, outside Johannesburg, on January 16, 2008.

Johannesburg: A South African teacher is facing a possible murder charge following the death of a student he allegedly beat on the head with a belt, the education department said on Wednesday.

Oscar Pistorius 'ready' to present his case in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies Now that the state has concluded the calling of evidence, it is time for Team Pistorius to present its evidence in an attempt to secure an acquittal for the man once revered internationally as an...

Oscar Pistorius trial: witness box looms for athlete accused of murder

Oscar Pistorius talks with his lawyer Barry Roux during his ongoing murder trial.

Lisa Davies He's stood on the blocks at the Olympic games, run against able-bodied athletes as a double-amputee. But Friday is likely to be the single biggest moment in Oscar Pistorius’ 27-year-old life.

Oscar Pistorius murder trial starts in South Africa

Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during a break in court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates court, February 20, 2013.

Lisa Davies The dashing Olympic hero's murder trial - touted as the "trial of the century" - is underway in a drab Pretoria courtroom.

Pistorius tells of his grief on anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp death

Oscar Pistorius in court last August.

South African Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius says he is consumed with sorrow as he marked one year since he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident.

Peter Roebuck's mystery death must be solved, says mother Elizabeth

Peter Roebuck

Nick Miller Elizabeth Roebuck holds her dead son Peter's battered straw hat in her hands and looks out the window.

South Africa's opposition targets ANC vote with black candidate

Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele (L) hugs opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Helen Zille at a news conference in Cape Town. Ms Ramphele will run as presidential candidate for the DA in this year's South African election.

Amogelang Mbatha South Africa's main opposition party chooses Mamphela Ramphele as its first black presidential candidate in a bid to break the ruling African National Congress's grip on power.

Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani loses extradition fight

Shrien Dewani has lost his bid to block his extradition to South Africa.

Briton Shrien Dewani has lost a High Court case to block his extradition to South Africa until he is fit to stand trial.

New gay rights party to stand in South Africa

A woman holds her hands up during the Durban Pride parade where several hundred people marched through the Durban city centre in support of gay rights, July 30, 2011.

A new party that will defend gays and lesbians against violence and persecution will stand in South Africa's elections this year.

Nelson Mandela's estate worth at least $US4.1m

Nelson Mandela left his roughly $US4.1 million ($4.7 million) estate to his wife Graca Machel, family members, staff, schools and the ANC, according to a summary of his will.

Nelson Mandela: The Madiba magic

Nelson Mandela holding the soccer World cup beside Capetown Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

South Africans called it the "Madiba magic" after his clan name - Nelson Mandela's quirky mix of grandeur and simplicity - and his colourful custom-made shirts.

Mandela, the myth and the man

Man of the people: Nelson Mandela greets crowds in 1994.

Neil McMahon In the years after Nelson Mandela's release from prison, Australian journalist Neil McMahon observed the Mandela phenomenon up close as a foreign correspondent.

Live: Nelson Mandela death leaves South Africa in mourning

Nelson Mandela

Leesha McKenny South Africa's "greatest son", former president Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95.

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Nelson Mandela's death comes at a difficult time for South Africa

Nelson Mandela

Lydia Polgreen Years after he retreated from public life, his name still resonated as an emblem of his effort to transcend decades of racial division and create what South Africans called a Rainbow Nation.

Nelson Mandela: South African people react

South Africans hold pictures of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute following his death.

Xola Potelwa The music decks and end-of-year office parties fell silent across South Africa on Thursday when President Jacob Zuma delivered the news nobody wanted to hear: Beloved anti-apartheid hero Nelson...

Nelson Mandela: 'No one in the world can rival him' says Jake White

World Cup winning South African coach Jake White with Nelson Mandela

Chris Dutton Nelson Mandela had a "massive aura", "walked the walk", "no one in the world can rival him" for the way he changed the world and "inspired the Rainbow Nation".

Francois Pienaar remembers Nelson Mandela

South African rugby captain Francios Pienaar receives the Rugby World Cup from Nelson Mandela.

It was nearing midnight on Thursday when the former Springbok captain took the call. Francois Pienaar had just returned to his hotel from the Wanderers cricket ground in Johannesburg where he had...