A frail 92-year-old woman threatened with being deported to South Africa, away from the daughter who cares for her, has been granted a stay of execution.
Widowed Myrtle Cothill - whose father fought for Britain in the First World War - suffers with heart problems, poor eyesight and cannot walk unaided. She arrived in Britain on a tourist visa in 2014 so she could be cared for by her daughter, but her application to stay was rejected by the Home Office.
Her daughter, Mary Wills, had appealed the decision but it was upheld by two tribunals and a plane seat was booked to take her back to South Africa for Tuesday.
However, following a medical assessment today and a 52,000-signature online petition, the Home Office cancelled its removal order.
The family told ITV News Meridian they were delighted, and were waiting to be told what the government planned to do next.
Despite pleas that she has no family in her native country - plus a growing online petition - Myrtle Cothill must return to South Africa.Read the full story ›
A lioness has mauled a game reserve worker to death in South Africa.Read the full story ›
Jacob Zuma was forced to leave parliament as the opposition interrupted the annual state-of-the-nation address, with protests also outside.Read the full story ›
Cricket South Africa has banned former international Gulam Bodi for 20 years after he admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20.
The US rapper was detained by authorities in Cape Town on suspicion of travelling on a fraudulent passport.Read the full story ›
Oscar Pistorius has formally appealed to have his murder conviction for killing Reeva Steenkamp overturned, AFP news agency says.Read the full story ›
Steven Finn took three wickets to keep England on course for victory in the first Test, but Jonny Bairstow's missed stumping of AB De Villiers gave South Africa faint hope in Durban.
Finn, a late addition to the touring squad after a foot injury, took out Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis as the Proteas closed the fourth day on 136 for four, 280 short of an improbable winning mark.
They will have little serious interest in hunting down a record 416 but the presence of master batsman De Villiers at least gives them a chance of surviving three sessions for the draw.
Oscar Pistorius is now a convicted murderer after a South African court overturned a previous manslaughter charge.Read the full story ›