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Africa’s biggest democracy votes: ‘Whoever wins, Nigeria has the victory’

Despite rain and the death of 41 people in an attack by terrorist group Boko Haram, millions of Nigerians turned out to vote in hotly contested elections to choose the president of Africa's most populous country.

Special force to target Boko Haram

The African Union has agreed on a multinational force to counter the growing threat of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin. It also agreed that financial and material resources be provided for the force. Deliberations will continue at the mid-year AU assembly in Johannesburg.

South Africa condemns Boko Haram attacks

South Africa was one of the first countries to condemn the attacks in northeastern Nigeria, in which about 2 000 people are thought to have been killed. Many more were forced to flee into neighbouring countries. Pretoria said deliberate attacks against civilians were a crime against humanity.

South Africa marks Africa Day

South Africa joined the rest of the continent in commemorating Africa Day on Sunday. Held on 25 May each year, Africa Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union, in 1963.

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South African President Jacob Zuma, speaking out against the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by militant Islamist group Boko-Haram on Sunday, expressed concern over the activities of armed rebels on the continent and called on the African Union to take steps to bring about stability.

SA ‘in communication’ with Nigeria over abducted girls

The South African government is in constant communication with the Nigerian government as calls for the release of the girls abducted by militant Islamic group Boko-Haram continue to spread, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday.

#BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa

Social media's potential as a powerful agent for change and conflict resolution in Africa is being demonstrated by the hugely viral #BringBackOurGirls online campaign to rescue 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

#BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa

Social media's potential as a powerful agent for change and conflict resolution in Africa is being demonstrated by the hugely viral #BringBackOurGirls online campaign to rescue 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

We have an obligation to vote: Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki was among those who cast their special votes on Tuesday. The former president, who will be in Nigeria for the World Economic Forum on Africa summit on Wednesday, urged his fellow South Africans to go out and vote, saying: "We have an obligation to those thousands who died for this freedom".

SA sends condolences to Nigeria, condemns terrorism

South Africa has sent condolences to the government and people of Nigeria, and reiterated its condemnation "of all forms and manner of terrorism", following a bomb attack at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja on Monday which reportedly claimed over 70 lives.