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Tutu’s body lies in state at S.Africa cathedral


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Tourists rush to S.Africa airport after travel bans


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Airline owner offers to 'evacuate' Nigerians from S.Africa

Airline owner offers to 'evacuate' Nigerians from S.AfricaThe owner of a Nigerian airline has offered to airlift Nigerians from South Africa following a spate of xenophobic attacks on migrants there, the foreign ministry said. The ministry said in a statement late Wednesday that Allen Onyema, the proprietor of Air Peace, had volunteered to send a plane “to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge” on Friday. Air Peace, the nation’s largest commercial carrier, which operates on local and international routes, was not immediately available for comment.



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S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacks

S.Africa, Nigeria beef up security after xenophobic attacksSouth Africa and Nigeria stepped security on Wednesday after deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg triggered reprisal assaults on South African businesses in Nigerian cities. The centre of Johannesburg and the impoverished suburb of Alexandra were calm as police stepped up patrols following two days of looting, AFP reporters saw. Amid mounting concern for relations between South Africa and its neighbours and Nigeria — the continent’s most populous market — President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated his condemnation of the violence.



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Manhunt after 'extremist' S.Africa mosque attack

Manhunt after 'extremist' S.Africa mosque attackSouth African police hunting for three men who stabbed worshippers at a mosque outside Durban said on Friday that the attackers’ motive was unknown but “elements of extremism” were involved. Three attackers killed one worshipper, reported to be an imam, and seriously injured two others after midday prayers on Thursday at a mosque in Verulam town, on the outskirts of the eastern port city. “There are elements of extremism because the incident happened in a place of worship and the manner in which it was conducted,” Simphiwe Mhlongo, spokesman for the Hawks police unit, told AFP.



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Imam dead in S.Africa mosque attack, 2 others injured

Imam dead in S.Africa mosque attack, 2 others injuredArmed attackers struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death an imam and injuring two others in a country known for its peaceful religious relations. Three men entered the large mosque after midday prayers, carrying guns and attacking the victims with knives and then releasing a petrol bomb that set fire to the building. Police said the attackers remained at large after escaping in a Hyundai car from the Imam Hussain mosque in Verulam town, on the outskirts of the eastern port city.



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Obama to deliver Mandela lecture in S.Africa in July

Obama to deliver Mandela lecture in S.Africa in JulyFormer US president Barack Obama will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at a 4,000-capacity arena in Johannesburg in July, South African organisers announced on Monday. Obama, who met with Mandela in 2005 and who made an emotional address at his funeral, will speak at the lecture marking 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon was born. “President Barack Obama — we will be looking forward to hosting him as he will be addressing this esteemed Nelson Mandela annual lecture,” Sello Hatang, head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said.



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S.Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama Winnie' Mandela

S.Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama Winnie' MandelaThousands of mourners flocked Wednesday to the heart of South Africa’s sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s former wife and struggle hero Winnie Mandela. The choice of Soweto’s 37,000-capacity Orlando stadium for both the memorial service and the full state funeral planned for Saturday was highly symbolic. Unlike many struggle-era leaders who moved from townships like Soweto to formerly white suburbs after apartheid fell, Winnie Mandela remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957.



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Accused of assault in S.Africa, Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe flies home

Accused of assault in S.Africa, Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe flies homeZimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model. Mugabe, who has sought diplomatic immunity but is sought by police for allegedly attacking the 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel, flew home with her husband in the early hours of Sunday, public broadcaster ZBC reported. “President Comrade Robert Mugabe returned home… accompanied by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe… in the early hours of this morning aboard an Air Zimbabwe plane,” the broadcaster said.



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe in S.Africa after wife is accused of assault

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in S.Africa after wife is accused of assaultVeteran Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has arrived in South Africa, state media said on Thursday, for a regional summit overshadowed by accusations his wife assaulted a 20-year-old model in a Johannesburg hotel room with an electric cable. Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, the government’s main mouthpiece, said 93-year-old Mugabe arrived at a military air base near Pretoria late on Wednesday.



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