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Her Baby Needed a Transplant, but Mom Had HIV

Doctors took the risk—and it worked

(Newser) - Doctors in South Africa had a wrenching dilemma: A baby in desperate need of a liver had been on the organ-donor waiting list for 181 days and wouldn't live much longer. The child's mother pleaded with doctors to take a portion of her own liver for a transplant,... More »

US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

Both in 'critical but stable condition' in South Africa

(Newser) - An American scientist and her 3-year-old son are in critical condition after they were attacked by a giraffe near their home in South Africa. Katy Williams, 35, and her 3-year-old son Finn were 450 feet from their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate near the town of Hoedspruit when they surprised... More »

Trump's 1st Tweet to Reference Africa Gets Poor Reception

President wants Mike Pompeo to study 'killing of farmers'

(Newser) - After a morning spent tweeting about Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, President Trump on Wednesday night turned to a situation less close to home: "I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of... More »

South Africa to Seize Land from White Owners

The land grabs were approved where negotiations to purchase failed

(Newser) - The South African government has begun the controversial process of seizing land from white farmers in cases where negotiations to purchase the plots have fallen through. Per Newsweek , two game farms in the country's Limpopo province will be the first ones taken under the order after their owners declined... More »

In High-Profile Speech, Obama Offers Warnings

In South Africa, former president worries about the rise of 'strongman politics' around the world

(Newser) - To be clear, Barack Obama never once mentioned President Trump on Tuesday during a major speech in South Africa. But coverage of his address in Johannesburg, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, nonetheless has a clear theme. The headline at the AP , for example, calls the... More »

'Bad Taste' Offer Involving Mandela's Cell Is Scrapped

Charity group wanted to auction off a night where he spent 18 years

(Newser) - The offer caused an outcry: The highest bidder in a South African charity event would get a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance to spend the night in Nelson Mandela's prison cell, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years. "So brazenly in bad taste, there are no words," local photographer... More »

Woman Found Alive in Mortuary Refrigerator

The South African woman is being treated in a hospital

(Newser) - They apparently thought she was dead when they placed her inside, but a South African woman was reportedly very much alive when she was recently taken out of a mortuary refrigerator. Per Times Select , the woman was one of several people involved in a June 24 vehicular accident and was... More »

Giraffe Kills South African Film Director

It wasn't the giraffe's fault, safari lodge says

(Newser) - Giraffes aren't exactly South Africa's deadliest creature, but they can still be extremely dangerous: A South African film director is dead after what film agency CallaCrew describes as a "fatal run-in with a giraffe on set." Carlos Carvalho, 47, was filming close-ups of the bull giraffe... More »

Why a Church in South Africa Is Causing a Buzz

Not everyone loves that Gabola Church celebrates drinking

(Newser) - Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him. "You are hereby invested as a minister," he says. He hands the remaining whiskey to the new minister, who... More »

Court Delivers 'End of the Road' to Oscar Pistorius

13-year sentence for murder will stand, court rules

(Newser) - As you'd expect of a former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius fought hard until the end—though without the result he wanted. A March 28 ruling by South Africa's Supreme Court, released Monday, rejects Pistorius' request to appeal his 13-year jail sentence for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,... More »

World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt

(Newser) - Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when... More »

Winnie Mandela Is Dead at 81

She was an anti-apartheid campaigner with husband Nelson

(Newser) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's Nelson Mandela and an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died at age 81, reports the BBC . The two were married nearly 40 years, though Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for about 30 of those years. They divorced in 1996, and... More »

She Spewed Racist Remarks at Cops. Now She's Going to Jail

Vicky Momberg is South Africa's first person sentenced to up to 3 years of prison time for racism

(Newser) - Vicky Momberg didn't just say the slur one time to black police officers. She said it nearly 50 times, and that rant has now earned her a three-year prison sentence, with one year suspended. The BBC calls the South African ruling a "landmark" one, as it's the... More »

Athlete Pulled From Bike, Attackers Slice Legs With Saw

Mhlengi Gwala offered the attackers his wallet, phone, but they went for his legs anyway

(Newser) - Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries. Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was undergoing surgery after the attack which occurred before dawn on Tuesday in the coastal city of Durban, said... More »

'Lion Whisperer' Took 3 Lions for Walk. It Did Not End Well

22-year-old woman mauled to death in South Africa

(Newser) - A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators in his animal sanctuary. Kevin Richardson, who keeps lions at his "intimate glam camp" in the Dinokeng... More »

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 »

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