Cyril Ramaphosa: ANC impatient over Jacob Zuma future

Cyril Ramaphosa: ANC impatient over Jacob Zuma future

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Ramaphosa’s speech marked 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela The leader of South Africa’s ruling party has acknowledged growing impatience over the failure to resolve President Jacob Zuma’s future. Cyril Ramaphosa said the matter had to be handled with “care and purpose”. “We know you want this […]

Drought-hit Cape Town rejoices at rainfall

Drought-hit Cape Town rejoices at rainfall

Image copyright AFP/Getty images Image caption Theewaterskloof Dam has less than 20% of its water capacity and Capetonians are feeling the strain When the forecasts turned out to be true and rain fell from the skies, the residents of Cape Town in South Africa rejoiced, thanked God and stood outside to feel the water on […]

Boko Haram releases 13 hostages to Nigerian government

Boko Haram releases 13 hostages to Nigerian government

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram’s insurgency has displaced more than two million people and left 20,000 dead The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has released 13 people who were kidnapped in north-eastern Nigeria last year, the government says. They include 10 women seized during an attack on a police convoy and three lecturers […]

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Media captionThe story of the jet, why it was in Syria, and how it was shot down Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself “against any attack” after it carried out what have been called its largest strikes against sites in Syria in decades. Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying […]

Ugandans suspended over ‘refugee scam’

Ugandans suspended over ‘refugee scam’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many refugees crossing into Uganda are from the Democratic Republic Congo and South Sudan Four Ugandan government officials have been suspended amid allegations of inflating refugee figures. Uganda’s Commissioner for Refugees Apollo Kazungu and three of his senior staff are being investigated. Investigations will also consider whether officials from UN […]

South Africa’s ‘Doom Pastor’ found guilty of assault

South Africa’s ‘Doom Pastor’ found guilty of assault

Image copyright Mountzion General Assembly Image caption Lethebo Rabalago (not shown here) claims Doom insecticide can heal people with cancer and HIV A South African self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers with the insecticide, Doom, has been found guilty of assault, local media report. Lethebo Rabalago – widely known as the Doom Pastor – was […]

Nigerian fake lawyer practised for 15 years in Lagos

Nigerian fake lawyer practised for 15 years in Lagos

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images A Nigerian man pretending to be a solicitor for 15 years has been charged for impersonation, the police say. The 49-year-old man was arrested earlier this week as he was making a bail application for his client in a Lagos state court. Police spokesman Chike Oti told the BBC the man […]

Black Panther premiere: Stars and fans wear African attire

Black Panther premiere: Stars and fans wear African attire

Image copyright Tim P. Whitby Many stars and fans wore traditional African attire to the European premiere of Black Panther. Leona Lewis, The Black Eyed Peas and John Boyega were on the black carpet at London’s Eventim Apollo on Thursday night. Actors Daniel Kaluuya and Lupita Nyongo wore some of the biggest designer names you’d […]

Nigeria’s Dana Air blames passenger after door falls off

Nigeria’s Dana Air blames passenger after door falls off

Image copyright Twitter/@DapoSanwo Image caption Passengers say the door was rattling during the flight from Lagos to Abuja A Nigerian airline has blamed a passenger after one of its aircraft doors fell off shortly after landing. The flight from Lagos to Abuja was taxiing on the runway when the emergency exit door came away. Dana […]

Syria war: Last of British IS ‘Beatles’ gang captured by Kurds

Syria war: Last of British IS ‘Beatles’ gang captured by Kurds

Image copyright KOTEY/FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Alexanda Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh were the last two members of the cell at large Two British men believed to be members of a notorious Islamic State group (IS) cell have been seized by Syrian Kurdish fighters, US officials say. Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, […]