I am the Africa Correspondent of The Times (of London) and have been based in South Africa for 14 years living between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
South Africa's crime is getting worse. Rates of murder and aggravated robbery have risen sharply over the last five years. The fact that this trend coincides with the most ruinous years of Jacob Zuma's corrupt presidency is no coincidence. A 50% rise in the policing budget during the same period was undermined by the president's deliberate and cynical political interference to ensure that his corrupt deals went unscruitinised.
Cape Town is set to be the first major capital to run out of water as 'day zero' looms. I am working and living in the midst of the appalling drought described as the worst crisis to face any city since 9/11 or the second world war.
Henri van Breda, 21, stands to inherit $15m if he is acquitted of butchering his parents and bother to death at the family’s luxury home in the South African wine lands in 2015. His sister Marli, now 18, miraculously survived having her jugular vein slashed in the 3am bloodbath in which Henri suffered only minor wounds, described by prosecutors as ‘self inflicted’. He is on trial for 3 counts of murder and one of attempted murder. Although Marli is suffering from amnesia and can’t remember the events, she is listed as a state witness against her brother. The family spent many years living in Perth and the Gold Coast before returning to Cape Town shortly before the killings. In South Africa, a defendant found guilty of murder or manslaughter cannot inherit from their victim.
Caster Semenya's South AFrican fans are uniting behind the trending online campaign #HandsOffCaster against a wave of negative publicity engulfing the 25 year old who is tipped for gold in Rio this weekend. Semenya has a natural hormone imbalance, resulting in elevated testosterone which critics say gives her an unfair advantage over her track rivals.
South Africa's newest sporting superstar - Wayde van Niekerk - who lit up the Rio Olympics by obliterating the 400m WR has a great-grandmother to thank for his incredible success - his trainer. Ans Botha, 74, and her protegee have both hit career peaks at the same time... despite their 50 years age difference.
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