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Mayor's house torched during S.Africa township riots

Rioters torched the house of the local mayor in the latest violent protests against poor public services to hit South Africa's townships, police said Monday. Five more properties were burnt during the clashes in Boitumelong, in the North West province, where residents have been protesting to get the mayor and other officials removed since last week. Violent demonstrations have cropped up across South Africa since the beginning of the year, ahead of election on May 7.

Briton heads to S. Africa for honeymoon murder trial

British businessman Shrien Dewani was finally due to fly to South Africa on Monday to stand trial for allegedly murdering his wife during a staged car-jacking on their 2010 honeymoon. Dewani, 34, denies ordering the killing of his 28-year-old Swedish bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010, and has been fighting extradition from Britain ever since. He claimed he had mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress, and has been detained in hospital under mental health legislation.

Brit accused of arranging wife's murder extradited to S.Africa

British businessman Shrien Dewani will arrive in Cape Town next week to stand trial on charges that he arranged the murder of his 28-year-old Swedish bride, it was announced on Friday. "After a successful extradition process, Mr Dewani is expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday 8 April," South Africa's justice ministry said. "(He) will immediately be escorted to the Western Cape High Court where he is expected to make his first appearance in a South African court."

Mandela's former aide to publish memoirs

The long-serving and trusted white personal aide of Nelson Mandela will publish her memoirs in June about how her life was transformed by South Africa's late anti-apartheid icon, Penguin Books announced Thursday. Zelda la Grange, Mandela's private assistant during his 1994-1999 presidency and subsequent retirement, had become a fixture by the Nobel laureate's side.

Mandela's former aide to publish memoirs

The long-serving and trusted white personal aide of Nelson Mandela will publish her memoirs in June about how her life was transformed by South Africa's late anti-apartheid icon, Penguin Books announced Thursday. Zelda la Grange, Mandela's private assistant during his 1994-1999 presidency and subsequent retirement, had become a fixture by the Nobel laureate's side.

Rob Ford votes against congratulating Olympic athletes, then asks for re-vote

TORONTO - Rob Ford had an oops moment Wednesday when he voted against city council motions on naming a Toronto street in honour of Nelson Mandela and congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The controversial Toronto mayor — who was the only one to vote against the motions — later claimed he hit the wrong voting button in both cases and asked for a re-vote. "I guess I pushed the wrong button," Ford said. "Of course I support Nelson Mandela — I was the one who wished him a happy birthday ... and the Olympic athletes, of course I do," he said.

Toronto mayor votes against Mandela street honor

Scandal-plagued Toronto mayor Rob Ford voted against naming a street in honor of Nelson Mandela on Wednesday before later claiming he had cast his ballot in error. Ford, who made worldwide headlines last year after admitting binge drinking and smoking crack, has been stripped of most of his powers. But the anti-tax populist still votes, usually against whatever the council is proposing, arguing that it will cost taxpayers too much.

Zuma dodges graft allegations

South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday dodged damaging allegations that $23 million of taxpayers' money was spent unlawfully upgrading his private home, prompting opposition calls for his impeachment. Facing an April 2 deadline to respond to a scathing report by the public protector, just weeks before South Africans go to the polls, Zuma's office said he would respond fully at a later date. Instead, a terse statement said "the President remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety around procurement in the Nkandla project."

Zuma 'concerned' by accusations of impropriety

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed concern Wednesday over damaging allegations that he benefited from unlawful renovations at his private home worth $23 million, a bill picked up by taxpayers. Facing a deadline to respond to a scathing report by the public protector that comes just weeks before South Africans go to the polls, Zuma's office said he "remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety."

Zuma 'concerned' by accusations of impropriety

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed concern Wednesday over damaging allegations that he benefited from unlawful renovations at his private home worth $23 million, a bill picked up by taxpayers. Facing a deadline to respond to a scathing report by the public protector that comes just weeks before South Africans go to the polls, Zuma's office said he "remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety."
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