South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has said country is not in crisis, and that the "mishap of Marikana" was a surprise to everyone.
The scandal of the portrait, the president, his privacy and his genitalia has captivated South Africa.
South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has gone to court in a bid to remove a painting of him with his genitals exposed removed from a gallery.
The former South Africa president Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas Day in hospital, his doctors have confirmed.
They say he continues to respond to treatment.
In a statement, the current president Jacob Zuma said:
Knowledge of the love and support of his people keeps him strong.
Therefore, we urge all South Africans to keep Tata uppermost in their thoughts at every place of worship or entertainment tomorrow on Christmas Day, and throughout the festive season.
We also humbly invite all freedom loving people around the world to pray for him. He is an ardent fighter and will recover from this episode with all our support.
South African President Jacob Zuma has won an election to remain the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC)
South African president Jacob Zuma is facing a challenge to his leadership at the national conference of the African National Congress (ANC).
Zuma and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe are the two candidates to lead South Africa's ruling party.
ITV News’ Martin Geissler reports from South Africa.
South Africa's governing political party, the African National Congress (ANC), will choose its next leader today.
Around 4,000 delegates are expected to attend the ANC's Mangaung conference, held in the city also known as Bloemfontein, to decide whether President Jacob Zuma or his unionist deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, should lead the party.
The leader is voted for via a secret ballot, and ANC organisers said the delegates will not have mobile phones over fears they may be told to photograph their ballots to prove who they voted for, according to the Associated Press.
If it the leadership race has multiple candidates and no one receives than 50 percent of the vote there will be a run-off between the top two candidates, the party said.
South African president Jacob Zuma has responded to the threat of strike action by the country's platinum miners.
He said: "Illegal strikes and intimidation will not help striking miners", adding it would "make the country worse off".
He said that strikers' concern should be addressed within the "labour framework".
Intended or not, this whole Zuma scandal (though embarrassing) provides a handy distraction for the ANC [South Africa's governing political party].
Now the Government accuses South African station ETV of "bias" for cutting away from pictures which showed Zuma's lawyer in tears during the hearing.