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Durban car goes through roof of South African home

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A car has flown off a road and smashed through the roof of a house in South Africa's coastal city Durban, emergency services firm ER24 says.
The driver said he drove over a ramp, and this led him to crash into the house in Kwamakhutha township, it said.
He escaped injury, while a person sleeping in a room next to the one where the car landed was also unhurt, ER24 added.
"It's really kind of miraculous," ER24 spokesman Pieter Rossouw told the BBC.
South Africa has a high fatality rate from road accidents caused mainly by bad driving and alcohol abuse.


South Africa may leave ICC over Bashir arrest row

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South Africa has said it might leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a row over the court's attempt to have Sudan's president arrested there.
Omar al-Bashir was allowed to attend an African Union summit in South Africa despite being wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide and war crimes.
After a cabinet meeting, the government said it would review membership "for a number of reasons".
But it stressed it took its international obligations "seriously".
A South African court had ordered Mr Bashir to stay in the country while it ruled whether he could be arrested. The government said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
Mr Bashir denies allegations committed atrocities in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region.
A senior South African minister, Jeff Radebe, said his government had done nothing wrong, and always obeyed the law.


Fifa corruption: South Africa cash 'worrisome'

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A key figure in South Africa's football World Cup bid has broken ranks with the government to suggest there might be some truth to a claim that a $10m bribe was paid to secure the 2010 tournament.
Tokyo Sexwale told the BBC the US allegations were "worrisome".
The government says it paid $10m to accounts controlled by then Fifa vice-president Jack Warner to support football development in the Caribbean.
An official said the money, transferred by Fifa, was given without conditions.
But Mr Sexwale - a former Robben Island prisoner, government minister, and a member of both the World Cup bid team and local organising committee - has now openly questioned the credibility of the claim that the money was a "donation".
"Where are the documents, where are the invoices, where are the budgets, where are the projects on the ground?" asked Mr Sexwale.


Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole 'by the end of August', family member says

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Oscar Pistorius is expected to be released on parole by the end of August, three months before an appeal begins at South Africa’s Supreme Court that could see his conviction upgraded from manslaughter to murder.


Fifa crisis: South Africa 'admits $10m football payout'

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South Africa did pay $10m (£6.5m) to a football body led by Jack Warner, a figure at the centre of Fifa corruption allegations, local media say.
Danny Jordaan, head of South Africa's FA, is quoted as confirming that the amount was deducted from a Fifa payment to the country in 2008.
A subsequent letter requested that money to be sent, instead, to the Caribbean Football Union, reports say.
South African officials deny it was a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.
But US prosecutors insist South Africa made an illegal payment after the government promised $10m to Mr Warner - then a Fifa vice-president - in exchange for the "Rainbow Nation" becoming the first African country to host the World Cup.


Two South African men admit rape and murder of nun, 86

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Two South African men charged with the rape and murder of a 86-year-old Austrian-born nun pleaded guilty on Tuesday, saying they had broken into the convent to steal food.
Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher, from the Sacred Heart Home Convent in the village of Ixopo, southwest of Durban, was murdered last month.
In a statement read in court, Sibongiseni Phungula, 25, said he and his co-accused, Mondli Shozi, 26, had gone to the covent to look for food after a night of drinking.
They were interrupted by Tiefenbacher, who shouted at them, the News 24 agency reported from Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Shozi said he then grabbed her, dragging her to her room and tied her up.
"I then removed her panties and had sexual intercourse with her," said Phungula, adding the elderly nun was "still moving" when he left her in her bed.


Zimbabweans fleeing S.Africa attacks face bleak future

Zimbabwean migrants who fled a wave of anti-foreigner violence in neighbouring South Africa arrived home Wednesday to the same bleak economic prospects that sent them abroad in the first place.
Visibly dejected as they stepped out of buses at Harare's main terminus, young working men and women with babies on their backs said their dreams had been destroyed by the attacks which killed seven people and displaced thousands.
"I don't know what to do next," said Wonder Nyamutowa, who worked as a construction worker in Durban, a major port city in Africa's most developed economy.
"I went to South Africa after being retrenched in 2012. I am a breadwinner and I could manage to send money back to my family but I won't go back."
Nyamutowa was among hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans who migrated to neighbouring South Africa when their country's economy went into free fall in the aftermath of a campaign of violent land invasions in the early 2000s.


South Africa violence: Zulu king appeals for calm

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has appealed for calm after recent violence against migrants in South Africa.
He has been accused of fuelling the attacks, which have killed at least seven people, after saying foreigners should "go back to their countries".
More than 300 people have been arrested in the unrest.
Thousands packed into a stadium in the eastern city of Durban to hear King Zwelithini's address. He says his comments were distorted by the media.
In King Zwelithini's speech, he said it was not fair to blame the violence on one individual, pointing out that there had been several previous outbreaks of xenophobic violence in South Africa.
He added that the South African Human Rights Commission should investigate the hate speech charges against him without hindrance.
Among the latest arrests were three men detained in connection with the murder of a Mozambican national in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg.


South Africa's Durban city rallies against xenophobia

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Thousands of people are marching in South Africa's coastal city of Durban in a major rally against xenophobia following attacks on foreigners.
Organisers said about 10,000 people were expected. At least five people have been killed and foreign-owned shops looted in recent weeks.
The Zulu king has been accused of fuelling the violence. He denies this.
Many jobless South Africans accuse foreigners of taking jobs in a country where the unemployment rate is 24%.
President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence and is expected to address parliament about the issue later on.


SA convicts ex-tennis doubles star Bob Hewitt of rape

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Former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt has been found guilty by a South African court of raping underage girls.
Hewitt, 75, had denied two charges of rape and a third charge of sexual assault.
The attacks took place in the 1980s and 1990s, when the Australian-born former tennis star was coaching the women, then young girls, in South Africa.
Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles and six mixed doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s.
His name was removed from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, following abuse allegations.
During the trial, one woman said Hewitt had told her "rape is enjoyable" as he assaulted her.
Another victim said he had touched her inappropriately and forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 12 and 13.
Judge Bert Bam told the High Court sitting in Johannesburg that the evidence against Hewitt was overwhelming and consistent.

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