| Apr 27, 2014
In South Africa today, as the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its democracy and prepares for elections, two deeply flawed folk heroes — one venal, the other violent — have commandeered the headlines. The president, Jacob Zuma, was...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 5:52 PM
A South African prosecutor forced Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday to look at a forensic photograph that showed the head of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after it was blown open by a hollow-point bullet fired by the Olympic and Paralympic track star.
| Mar 27, 2014
| 4:00 AM
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear.
Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 11:18 AM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – South African President Jacob Zuma personally benefited from a $23-million state-paid “security” upgrade to his private residence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, according to South Africa’s public protector, an...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:20 AM
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In the minutes after he fatally shot his girlfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed and begged that she would survive, according to testimony in his murder trial Thursday by a Pretoria radiologist who was one...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 6:54 AM
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Minutes after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard that everything was fine, the guard said Friday in the double-amputee Olympic athlete's murder trial.
Pieter J. Baba,...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:37 AM
PRETORIA, South Africa – The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:04 AM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves -- over the disappearance of a valuable watch...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 10:30 AM
A love of maps is every true traveler's secret pleasure.
As a correspondent in Africa, years before one could follow a path rendered by MapQuest or Google Earth, I came to love and rely on those hand-stenciled city maps in the Lonely Planet guidebook...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 3:04 AM
Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, broke his five-month-long social media silence Sunday, tweeting four quotes about suffering, love and pain.
His tweets prompted...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 6:15 PM
From childhood, Nadine Gordimer understood the cruelties of apartheid.
"I went to the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy," the daughter of poor South African whites recalled years ago, "but there was no mercy for blacks. I went to dancing classes, blacks were...