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Pistorius to be sentenced in June, South Africa court rules

Pistorius was in court on Monday to finalise his sentencing date Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius is to be sentenced in June, a court in South African court has ruled following the Paralympic athlete's conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was back in court on Monday for a brief hearing to finalise the sentencing date.

His conviction for culpable homicide over his girlfriend's death was overturned at the end of last year and instead he was found guilt of her murder.

Ms Steenkamp was killed on Valentine's Day in 2013.

South Africa appoint Allister Coetzee as head coach

Allister Coetzee will spearhead an "exciting new departure for South Africa rugby" after being appointed as the new Springboks head coach.

Allister Coetzee is the new head coach of South Africa. Credit: Reuters

The former Stormers boss will head up South Africa's new coaching team for the next four years, and will be immediately tasked with revamping the squad after three pivotal retirements.

Coetzee succeeds Heyneke Meyer and must find a way to replace the experience and nous of the now-retired three former Springbok captains Victor Matfield, Jean de Villiers and Fourie du Preez.

The 52-year-old, part of Jake White's backroom staff when South Africa won the 2007 World Cup, must also work towards meeting the transformation targets of non-white players comprising 50 per cent of squads by 2019.

South Africa Rugby president Oregan Hoskins said:

Allister's appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for South Africa rugby. It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold.

– South Africa Rugby president Oregan Hoskins

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South African parliament votes not to impeach Zuma

Jacob Zuma Credit: Reuters

The South African Parliament has voted against a motion to impeach President Zuma.

The vote was launched after South Africa's highest court said last week that Mr Zuma had breached the constitution by failing to repay public money used to upgrade his private home.

Impeachment is a process which can remove an official accused of unlawful activity from office and can see criminal or civil punishment.

The opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Mr Zuma was a "crooked" president who was unfit to govern.

But Mr Zuma survived the vote and had the support of the African National Congress (ANC), which controls almost two-thirds of the assembly.

SA parliament to debate motion to impeach Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma has refused to resign despite being accused of violating the constitution

South Africa's National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has said parliament will debate a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, which was tabled by an opposition party, on Tuesday.

It follows a ruling by the country's top court on Thursday that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring instructions to pay back some of the $16 million in state funds spent on renovations at his private home in Nkandla.

"The judgement makes sound, balanced and critical findings," Mbete told journalists.

In an address on Friday, Mr Zuma apologised for his actions but refused to stand down.

"The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion for which I apologise on my behalf and on the behalf of government...Let us use the judgement to build and further strengthen our democracy", he said.

SA President refuses to resign over mansion scandal

Jacob Zuma has refused to resign despite being accused of violating the constitution. Credit: RTV

South African President Jacob Zuma has refused to stand down despite a damning ruling by the country's constitutional court in relation to state funds used to upgrade his private home.

Yesterday, the court ruled that Mr Zuma violated the constitution when he spent $16m (£11m) of public money on various home improvements.

In an address to the nation, Mr Zuma said: "I respect the judgement and will abide by it...I never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the constitution which is the supreme law of the Republic."

"My intention was not in pursuit of corrupt ends or to use state funds to unduly benefit me or my family...

"The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion for which I apologise on my behalf and on the behalf of government...Let us use the judgement to build and further strengthen our democracy."

Mr Zuma confirmed that he will pay back the money which was used on the enhancements at the Nkandla residence, such as a swimming pool and amphitheatre, once it has been established how much these projects are worth.

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