More than 30 lions rescued from circuses in South America have arrived in Johannesburg to begin a new life at an African wildlife reserve.Read the full story ›
The biggest ever airlift of rescued lions, including Zeus and Shakira, will take place on Friday - involving 33 of the big cats.Read the full story ›
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.
Allister Coetzee will spearhead an "exciting new departure for South Africa rugby" after being appointed as the new Springboks head coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jacob Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution over $16 million spent on his home, South Africa's top court has ruled.Read the full story ›
AB de Villiers and Chris Morris kick-started South Africa's World Twenty20 campaign as they managed to defend another 200-plus total in Mumbai against Afghanistan.
The Proteas' semi-final aspirations were in the balance following a high-scoring loss to England on Saturday, when Eoin Morgan's men produced the second highest chase in Twenty20 international history by hunting down 230.
And after posting 209 for five in the same stadium, thanks largely to De Villiers' 64 from 29 balls - 29 of which came in one over off teenager Rashid Khan - they were in danger of being undone by a bright Afghanistan start before Morris returned four for 27 and they were all out for 172 in South Africa's 37-run success.
A South African woman has been found guilty of kidnapping an infant from a hospital nearly 19 years ago and raising the child as her own.Read the full story ›