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'Pit bull' Pistorius prosecutor shines in court

Through his fiery cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius and mauling of expert witnesses, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel has become a global cult hero and a rare poster boy for South Africa's beleaguered public sector. Forensic geologist Doctor Roger Dixon is a clever man, but when he slinked out of the witness box on Thursday after two days of withering cross-examination at the hands of South Africa's favourite "pit bull" prosecutor, he looked a little less smart. "I'm fine," he said. "Today was a breeze."

S.Africa's Zuma booed at election rally

Disgruntled residents in a small South African town booed President Jacob Zuma Wednesday during an election campaign of the ruling ANC three weeks ahead of general polls, according to a report. Rally-goers reacted angrily while Zuma -- under fire for multimillion-dollar state-paid renovations to his private home -- was answering questions from the stage, according to City Press newspaper. Angry residents left early and pelted stones at cars, according to the newspaper.

Soweto: From bullets to BMWs

Sunday afternoon is showtime in Soweto, a time when it seems everyone in South Africa's iconic township is out on the streets strutting their stuff. An armada of sleek German sedans -- the must-have ride for South Africa's black nouveau riche -- slithers along the well-paved roads, lapping slow-moving buses packed with camera-wielding tourists. "Nothing beats the experience of being among the people here," said Sandile Mashiyane, an accountant who moved out of the township five years ago. "Weekends are the best."

Football: South African Premiership title run-in

Remaining fixtures for South African Premiership title contenders (H = home fixture, A = away fixture): Mamelodi Sundowns April - 19: Moroka Swallows (A), 26: SuperSport Utd (H) May - 10: Maritzburg Utd (A) Kaizer Chiefs April - 23: Wits University (A), 30: Free State Stars (H) May - 6: Pretoria University (A), 10: AmaZulu (H) Wits University April - 19: SuperSport (A), 23: Chiefs (H), 26: Maritzburg (H), 30: Orlando Pirates (H) May - 10: Bloemfontein Celtic (A)

Football: South African Premiership results

South African Premiership midweek results: Wednesday Free State Stars 1 (Sekola 57) Pretoria University 0 Lamontville Golden Arrows 1 (Moholo 85) Bloemfontein Celtic 1 (Mhango 56) Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (Pelembe 8) Mpumalanga Black Aces 0 Platinum Stars 1 (Mere 55-pen) AmaZulu 0 Polokwane City 0 Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Lebese 10, Maluleka 74) Wits University 2 (Kebede 83, Vilakazi 90+3) Moroka Swallows 1 (Tsutsulupa 90+1) Tuesday Ajax Cape Town 2 (Morris 45+2, Rodgers 73) SuperSport Utd 0

Football: South African Premiership results

South African Premiership midweek results: Wednesday Free State Stars 1 (Sekola 57) Pretoria University 0 Lamontville Golden Arrows 1 (Moholo 85) Bloemfontein Celtic 1 (Mhango 56) Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (Pelembe 8) Mpumalanga Black Aces 0 Platinum Stars 1 (Mere 55-pen) AmaZulu 0 Polokwane City 0 Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Lebese 10, Maluleka 74) Wits University 2 (Kebede 83, Vilakazi 90+3) Moroka Swallows 1 (Tsutsulupa 90+1) Tuesday Ajax Cape Town 2 (Morris 45+2, Rodgers 73) SuperSport Utd 0

S. Africa anti-apartheid hero urges voters to shun ruling ANC

One of South Africa's ruling party stalwarts will launch a campaign urging voters to shun the African National Congress in upcoming polls in protest at rampant corruption in government, media reported on Monday. Ronnie Kasrils and other anti-apartheid struggle veterans will on Tuesday launch a 'No Vote' campaign to encourage South Africans not to cast their ballots for the African National Congress (ANC) or simply spoil their ballots on election day.

Rival S.African parties in violent pre-election clash

Fights broke out Saturday in the South African township of Soweto between supporters of the ruling ANC party and activists from the opposition Democratic Alliance, less than a month before general elections. Violence broke out after militant ANC supporters poured out of their houses to shout insults and throw stones and bottles at DA activists, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. Between 1,500 and 2,000 DA supporters had gathered for a campaign rally in the township -- which was at the heart of the anti-apartheid struggle -- when the incident happened.

Football: South African Premiership results

South African Premiership results on Wednesday: Ajax Cape Town 2 (Rodgers 43, 90) Lamontville Golden Arrows 2 (Khuboni 13-pen, Mbewe 87) Free State Stars 1 (Abraw 18) SuperSport Utd 2 (Mkhabela 28, Thlone 70-og) Kaizer Chiefs 0 Mpumalanga Black Aces 1 (Timm 90+4) Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (Moriri 24) Bloemfontein Celtic 0 Polokwane City 1 (Jembula 49) Maritzburg Utd 1 (Isaacks 19-pen) Wits University 1 (Langwe 82) Platinum Stars 0 Tuesday Pretoria University 2 (Massa 42, Kekana 72) Moroka Swallows 1 (Da Costa 35)

S.Africa charges extradited Dewani with honeymoon murder

South Africa on Tuesday charged extradited British businessman Shrien Dewani with ordering his wife's murder during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town and remanded him in a psychiatric hospital. After losing a three-year extradition fight, Dewani, 34, arrived in South Africa early on Tuesday morning and was promptly whisked to the Western Cape high court. Dewani sat expressionless as Judge John Hlophe ruled he would be remanded in custody at the nearby Valkenberg mental institution. He said only "yes" when asked by the judge if he could hear what was being said.
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