Alex Duval Smith

Alex Duval Smith is a freelance foreign correspondent based in South Africa

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Painted pebbles with messages placed outside Mr Mandela’s home

Mandela leaves hospital after 'successful' surgery

South Africa's ex- president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital yesterday after exploratory keyhole surgery for a long-standing abdominal complaint.

Painted pebbles with messages placed outside Mr Mandela’s home

Mandela 'comfortable at home' after surgery

Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital yesterday after exploratory keyhole surgery for a long-standing abdominal complaint.

'If you are a husband and you see your wife buying underwear from the flea market, you have failed,' says Zimbabwe's Finance Minister,Tendai Biti

Zimbabwe minister gets his knickers in a twist over undergarment imports

Zimbabwe has banned the import and sale of second-hand underwear after the Finance Minister said women should not suffer the indignity of wearing hand-me-down lingerie.

Mandla Mandela with his grandfather Nelson Mandela

Mandela missing as disunity marks ANC's centenary party

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Party atmosphere at Bloemfontain’s Free State Stadium for the ANC’s 100th anniversary

Disunity marks ANC centenary celebrations

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Nelson Mandela leaves court in Pretoria during the first treason trial in 1958

100 not out – but is the ANC ailing?

Against all odds, the party of Mandela has reached an historic milestone. But despite its achievements, many South Africans say it has not done enough to help the poor. Alex Duval Smith reports from Mangaung

Mandla Mandela was married at his palace on Christmas Eve

Mandela's heir defies court order (and the other Mrs Mandela) to marry again

Clan chief wed in traditional ceremony says estranged partner is delaying divorce

Gabon's President Ali Bongo

Bongo and Bell Pottinger can't stir voters in Gabon

Rebranding effort abroad – but elections leave country unmoved

President Paul Kagame previously assured the public he would step down after two terms

Kagame puts down marker for third term

Pro-democracy activists fear that Rwandan strongman plans to extend his term in office

Ojukwu addresses the media in 1967 at the start of the disastrous war

Emeka Ojukwu: Soldier who led his people into the war of Biafran independence

The image so often associated with Africa – a child with stick-thin limbs and swollen belly – dates back to the first televised famine, the Biafran war. The man who understood the power of that image was an Oxford-educated Nigerian soldier, Emeka Ojukwu.

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