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Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock paroled

Eugene de Kock - the Apartheid death-squad leader dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s - has been granted parole after 20 years in prison.

Eugene de Kock an apartheid-era assassin nicknamed Prime Evil Credit: Reuters

Justice minister Michael Masutha told a news conference that de Kock would be released "in the interests of nation-building" and because he had expressed remorse at his crimes and had helped authorities recover the remains of some of his victims.


June Steenkamp: Reeva was leaving Oscar the night she died

June Steenkamp has described the stormy relationship her daughter Reeva had with Oscar Pistorius.

In an exclusive interview on This Morning, June said her daughter had her bags packed to leave the Olympic champion the night he killed her.

June Steenkamp, the mother of murdered Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: ITV This Morning

She said their three month relationship was full of fights - which she found odd so soon in their relationship. She said:

I think they were fighting because he wanted to dominate her, and she wasn’t the kind of girl you could dominate. She had her own stand in life.

– June Steenkamp

Asked by Phillip Schofield whether she thought Reeva was planning to leave, she said her bags were packed to leave on that fateful Valentine's night.

June said her presence in court disconcerted Oscar, and she thought this was important.

She said she will never get over the death of her daughter, and that she may meet Oscar in the future so that he can apologise for the enormous pain he has caused her family through his actions. She said she hopes her book will remind people of the life of her daughter, and not just her death.

South African Pierre Korkie's body will be repatriated

The South African government will "ensure" that the body of murdered Pierre Korkie will be brought home following reports of his death today.

Korkie died alongside fellow hostage Luke Somers during a rescue attempt by US special forces in Yemen.

Nelson Kgwete, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the Republic of South Africa, said: "We have been informed that the American special forces are now in possession of Mr Korkie's body.

"We will arrange with them and the government of Yemen to ensure that we repatriate Pierre's remains to South Africa."

South Africa marks first anniversary of Mandela's death

South Africans have congregated at Nelson Mandela memorial sites to mark the first anniversary of the former president's death.

Nelson Mandela's widow gave a speech and laid wreaths during a commemoration ceremony at her late husband's statue at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Community members paid their respects at a memorial at the site of Mandela's arrest in Howick. Credit: Reuters/Rogan Ward
African National Congress supporters donned Mandela t-shirts to pay tribute to his struggle against white-minority rule. Credit: Reuters/Rogan Ward

Murdered goalkeeper Meyiwa up for major award

Murdered South African captain Senzo Meyiwa has been nominated for the African Player of the Year award.

The Orlando Pirates captain was shot by burglars at his girlfriend's house last month, dying of his injuries.

Senzo Mewiya was killed in October. Credit: PA

Meyiwa was highly-regarded by his team-mates and coaches before his death.

He joins the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Yaya Toure on the list of 20 nominees.


South Africa pays tribute to murdered football captain

Tens of thousands of mourning football fans have filled Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium to pay tribute to murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa at his funeral service.

Members of the South African Police service carried the casket of Senzo Meyiwa into the stadium in the goalkeeper's home city. He was shot dead last weekend at his girlfriend's house during a burglary. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
A football fan dressed in the goalkeeper's strip danced ahead of the funeral service. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Mourners sang as they held aloft posters with the picture of the slain South African captain. Police confirmed yesterday a suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with his murder. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Steven Pienaar: Meyiwa will be sadly missed

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has expressed his sadness over the death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot dead on Sunday by burglars.

Senzo Meyiwa was captain of both his club Orlando Pirates and his country. Credit: PA

Former South Africa international Pienaar said in a statement: "First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo’s family and friends at this very sad time. To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand. Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well liked by team-mates and opponents alike. Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be sadly missed."

Pistorius prosecutors announce appeal

State prosecutors in South Africa will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year sentence Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority has announced.

NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube made the announcement on his Twitter feed earlier.

South African prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius on his way to jail after sentencing. Credit: Reuters

South African prosecutors have said that they will appeal the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Former Olympic athlete Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

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