Tens of thousands of mourners attend struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s state funeral in Soweto. IMAGES of Mandela’s casket arriving at Orlando Stadium
This week on Africa Weekly, a year after the launch of a much-needed clean-up programme in oil-rich southern Nigeria, the oil slicks which blackened the waters, killed the fish and ruined the mangroves are still present. Then we head to Soweto where small-scale entrepreneurs are hoping to transform South Africa’s township economy and finally we end in the DRC where a first class football training facility has been left in dissaray after its founder – also one of DRC’s key political opponents – left the country.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Tensions rise between locals and foreign shopkeepers in South African city of Soweto, Chile will reopen its investigation into the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, El Salvador grants amnesty to woman accused of having an abortion, and Libya’s political crisis has its residents struggling to keep the lights on.
Violence and Looting at Foreign-Owned Shops Near Johannesburg
Two people were killed on Thursday during clashes between locals and foreign shopkeepers in Soweto. The unrest was sparked by the shooting death of a teenager during a botched robbery attempt.
Government Reopens Inquiry Into Death of Poet Pablo Neruda
Officials say there’s reason to believe the Nobel Laureate was poisoned in the days after the 1973 coup.
Amnesty Granted to Woman Accused of Having an Abortion
Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez was serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated murder. She was charged following the death of her baby and was initially accused of trying to have an abortion, which is banned in the country.
Ongoing Fighting Causing Power Cuts
Families are forced to buy generators to cope with energy shortages as the government struggles to meet demand.
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