Thousands of South African platinum mine workers from the AMCU have marched through Pretoria, angry over claims the government and big miners are joining forces in an attempt to break a six-week strike against the world's three top producers of the precious metal. Clad in their trademark green shirts, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) members marched to the Union Buildings, the seat of South Africa's government, to hand in a memorandum of protest to President Jacob Zuma. The march came a day after wage talks collapsed, dashing hopes for an end to a stoppage that has hit 40 percent of global output of the metal. Addressing the marchers, AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa accused mines minister Susan Shabangu of urging the companies to seek legal avenues against the union to try to halt the strike.
The murder trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic track star, Oscar Pistorius entered its fourth day on Thursday, with the defence team seeking to cast doubt on the testimony of a neighbour. Charl Peter Johnson, a resident of the same estate as Pistorius, followed his wife on the witness stand in giving evidence regarding the sequence of events on Valentine's Day last year, when the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Aid workers say an early start to the rainy season in Central African Republic has worsened the plight of hundreds of thousands of people sheltering from religious violence in makeshift camps, raising the risk of malaria and dysentery. Six months of heavy rains typically begin in early April but on Sunday a downpour struck the riverside capital, Bangui. In the city's largest camp, where 70,000 people are packed together beside the runway of M'poko International Airport, residents waded through up to 30 cms of muddy water. Most of the displaced have makeshift shelters made from tarpaulins and palm leaves on the swampy soil. UNICEF said it was seeking sites in the capital where the soil is more absorbent. The displaced are reluctant to return home, citing the risk of revenge attacks, especially against Muslims. The Red Cross said it collected 11 bodies over the weekend from across Bangui, some hacked to death with machetes or blasted apart by grenades.
The murder trial of the South Africa Olympic athletics star Oscar Pistorius resumed this morning following two days of dramatic testimony from witnesses. Pistorius is accused of intentionally killing his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's day last year. A witness in the murder trial detailed intimidating calls he received, after his phone number was read out in court on Tuesday. He also denied claims by defence counsel Barry Roux that he discussed evidence with his wife, who is also a witness in the trial, before testifying. There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa.
They share a love for music, they share the waters of the world's longest river and on Thursday night, artists from Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Burundi shared a stage in Addis Ababa. The musical performances were organised by the Nile Project, an initiative that seeks to promote unity and a cross cultural exchange between countries along the River Nile. Countries that share the Nile have argued over the use of its waters for decades, repeatedly raising fears that the disputes could eventually boil over into war. Ethiopia and Egypt threatened war last year but then later agreed to more dialogue to resolve a row over a giant dam that the Horn of Africa nation is building on the Nile, on which Egyptians depend on for almost all their water.
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