President Thabo Mbeki on Sunday called a wave of deadly attacks on migrants an ''absolute disgrace'' and said his government would take all measures to bring those responsible to justice. Meanwhile, African National Congress president Jacob Zuma said all people in South Africa should be tolerant of one another.
President Thabo Mbeki's government has approved the disbanding of the elite Scorpions crime-fighting unit, bowing to pressure from supporters of rival Jacob Zuma who accused it of political abuse. Mbeki's Cabinet adopted two Bills last week paving the way for the end of the Directorate of Special Operations.
A Zimbabwean court on Monday released a United States journalist and a British national on bail after charging them with reporting on the March 29 elections without accreditation, their lawyer said. "They have both been released on Z$300-million bail," lawyer Harrison Nkomo told journalists outside the court.
Lawyers for an award-winning <i>New York Times</i> journalist and a Briton held in a Zimbabwe jail complained on Monday that they were being given the run-around as their clients spent a fifth day behind bars. Meanwhile, two South African satellite technicians were formally charged with defeating the ends of justice.
Ministers and aides in President Thabo Mbeki's government were heckled by delegates on Sunday when the African National Congress opened a conference that could see Mbeki losing control over the party. Some of the delegates booed Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and Essop Pahad, a top aide to Mbeki, as they arrived.
Nationwide's aircraft will remain grounded until the airline has fixed deficiencies in its maintenance section, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday. The CAA suspended approval for the airline's aircraft maintenance organisation from midnight on Thursday, said CAA chief executive officer Zakes Myeza.
Nationwide Airlines said on Friday that all its domestic and international flights had been grounded by the country's Civil Aviation Authority, but did not know how long the ban would last. Nationwide's spokesperson Rodger Whittle said he did not anticipate that grounding would be a ''long situation''.