Born in 1904, Fredie Blom survived 1918 Spanish Flu, saw two world wars, and witnessed fall of apartheid.
Shaykh Seraj was an internationally renowned Muslim scholar, from a century old tradition in a minority context, studying in the Muslim heartlands.
For the first time in 127 years, a black man captained the South African national team, the Springboks, to a Rugby World Cup victory. But his story should not fool us into thinking South Africa has overcome its racist past.
The roots of this violence and anti-immigrant sentiments run deep and a mélange of factors collide, dissolve and divide, often crisscrossing social, economic and political lines.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says two of the victims were foreigners who were killed during a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores followed by apparent reprisal attacks in Nigeria.
Flying the country's apartheid-era flag in public discriminates against non-white people and violates equality laws, a judge ruled, confining the flag's display to artistic and journalistic uses.
On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela, became the first black president of South Africa after decades of systemic oppression against black South Africans.
South Africa has travelled a difficult road since the first inclusive elections in April 1994 ended more than three centuries of white domination.
Former US President Barack Obama was paying tribute to Nelson Mandela when he warned the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times." His comments were widely seen as a barely veiled reference to his successor, Donald Trump.
Since protests on the Gaza-Israel border began on March 30, Israeli troops have killed at least 115 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 people, including 3,600 by live ammunition, according to the Red Cross.
During her husband Nelson Mandela's 27-year incarceration, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, suffering years of detention, banishment and arrest.
The family spokesperson says the former wife of Nelson Mandela, once described as the "Mother of the Nation" by many South Africans, died "surrounded by her loved ones."
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