Police use stun grenades at Johannesburg election rally

Supporters of President Jacob Zuma's ruling African National Congress

South Africa's heated election campaign escalated into violence on Wednesday, forcing Johannesburg police to fire rubber bullets and stun grenades to separate armed supporters of the ruling ANC from...

British Airways 747's wing slices into Johannesburg terminal building

A new Airbus A380 aircraft operated by British Airways (BA)

A British Airways jumbo jet carrying 202 passengers and crew sliced into an office building at Johannesburg's main airport after following the wrong taxiway prior to takeoff for London, injuring four...

Rwandan ex-spy chief murdered in Johannesburg hotel room

The Johannesburg hotel where Patrick Karegeya was found dead.

Helen Nyambura-Mwaura Exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief found murdered in a killing a Rwandan opposition party blamed on the country's government.

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.

Oscar Pistorius trial: 10 questions the athlete must answer to avoid conviction

Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies Oscar Pistorius is due to begin giving evidence in his own defence in a South Africa court this week, as the "trial of the century" enters its second act.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Blade Runner set to take the stand

Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies The "trial of the century" has resumed in South Africa, with Oscar Pistorius expected to explain his version of what happened the night his girlfriend was shot dead.

Oscar Pistorius trial: tearful athlete returns to witness box in murder trial

'I can't imagine the pain I have caused you' (Thumbnail)

Lisa Davies Oscar Pistorius continues to give evidence in the most anticipated stage of the "trial of the century".

Rhino poaching on the rise in South Africa, with 277 killed this year


Illegal hunting of the endangered animal is up a third, despite air and foot patrols, as poaching is fuelled by a demand for their horns in Asian countries.

Oscar Pistorius trial: 'I didn't have time to think'

Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies Oscar Pistorius was on Thursday accused of "blaming everybody else but himself" as he faced a second day of relentless cross-examination at his murder trial, with the state trying to portray him as...

Oscar Pistorius trial: Prosecution tells Olympian 'your version is a lie'

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies As Oscar Pistorius faced further cross-examination, the Olympian made a slip in his evidence. And the prosecutor swooped.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Steenkamp 'ran away screaming' alleges prosecutor

Lisa Davies Prosecutor Gerrie Nel declared he would be able to prove Oscar Pistorius murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because his “version is a lie”.

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 returns to South African courtroom after day of drama

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on March 10, 2014. An overcome Oscar Pistorius vomited in court on Monday as he listened to harrowing expert testimony about the autopsy of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of murdering. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / Bongiwe Mchunu

Lisa Davies Oscar Pistorius has returned to court after retching and vomiting in dramatic fashion the day earlier.

Pistorius had ordered six more guns at time of Steenkamp shooting, court hears

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock on day eleven of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Lisa Davies, in Pretoria Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius was in the process of buying six guns at the time he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, with a revolver marketed as “the world’s most powerful...

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: KO Kid recalls the day Pistorius fired a gun in a restaurant

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies in Pretoria A professional boxer known as the “KO KID” has recalled the day Oscar Pistorius accidentally fired a gun in a Johannesburg restaurant, narrowly avoiding serious injury, before asking a friend to take...

Oscar Pistorius asked friend to take blame after firing gun in restaurant, trial hears

Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies, in Pretoria The crowd around the court grows as the Pistorius trial hears testimony on a second count of firing a gun in a public place.

Pistorius friend: 'I asked him if he was f***ing mad'

Cross-examination: Barry Roux, the lawyer defending Oscar Pistorius, speaks at the  High Court in Pretoria on March 11.

Lisa Davies Turning in his seat to face only the trial judge, Darren Fresco was able to avoid the steely looks his one-time close friend Oscar Pistorius was sending across the Pretoria court room.

Pistorius fired gun through car's sunroof in rage, witness says

Oscar Pistorius

Lisa Davies Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, would have felt stress, anxiety, fear and most likely screamed loudly when she was shot in the hip and arm, a pathologist told the Olympian's murder...

Pictures of dead girlfriend make Oscar Pistorius sick in the dock

Sickened: Oscar Pistorius, wearing glasses to write notes, in the dock on Thursday.

Lisa Davies Graphic images of a bloody and deceased Reeva Steenkamp prompted accused killer Oscar Pistorius to violently throw up in the dock.