Zimbabwe's opposition on Sunday accused the authorities of waging a ''war'' that has killed 10 people and injured 500 others since disputed parliamentary and presidential elections. ''Ten people have so far been killed in Zimbabwe since March 29,'' Tendai Biti, secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change, said.
South African government plans to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014 appeared increasingly at risk on Tuesday as official statistics confirmed fears of a downturn in economic growth. Figures released by Statistics South Africa showed a drop in gross domestic product growth to 5,1% last year from 5,4% in 2006.
Marguerite Sabamahoro, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, remembers the moment she was woken at her home in Kigali on April 7 1994 by the sound of gunfire and bombing as if it were yesterday. ''I lost aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to the genocide,'' Sabamahoro tells visitors to a new genocide exhibition at the Apartheid Museum.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may have dealt a fatal blow to Pretoria's "quiet diplomacy" by calling an election in the middle of mediation efforts by his South African counterpart, say analysts. President Mbeki was handed the poisoned chalice of mediating between Mugabe and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change last April.