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Protestors call for the removal of President Jacob Zuma outside court in Pretoria, South Africa, November 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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Protestors call for the removal of President Jacob Zuma outside court in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo Mike Hutchings/Reuters

University of Cape Town students clash with police as stun grendes are used during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa, October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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University of Cape Town students clash with police as stun grenades are used during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Protesters chant slogans in front of a barricade during a protest demanding free education, at the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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Protesters chant slogans in front of a barricade during a protest demanding free education, at the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Photo Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters 

A student gestures near a burning bus during clashes with riot police following a protest over University tuition fees on October 10, 2016 in Johannesburg.  South African student protesters and police clashed in renewed violence in Johannesburg as attempts to re-open Wits University descended into running battles on campus. Protesters throwing rocks were dispersed by riot police using tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades as pressure ratchets up on campuses across the country over tuition fees.  / AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIENMUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images

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A student gestures near a burning bus during clashes with riot police following a protest over University tuition fees in Johannesburg. Photo Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty 

University of Cape Town (UCT) students sing during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa, October 3, 2016.

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University of Cape Town students sing during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Students from the University of the Witwatersrand are injured by a police grenade during a protest against university fee increases

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Students from the University of the Witwatersrand are injured by a police grenade during a protest against university fee increases in Johannesburg, South Africa

A veterinary tries to cover the eyes of a tranquilized Rhino to be microchipped during an operation of RHINO911, a non-governmental organization on September 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.  RHINO911  is a tactical air support nonprofit organization created in cooperation with Battle Born Munitions and Bell Helicopter to fight poaching in South Africa.  The  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016.

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A vet tries to cover the eyes of a tranquilized rhinoceros to be microchipped during an operation of RHINO911, a non-governmental organisation at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) dance and sing around Wonderkop Hill during the 4th anniversary of the Marikana shooting in  Rustenburg, South Africa, 16 August 2016. Police forces shot dead 34 miners from the Lonmin mine four years ago after a protracted strike in the mining sector. Relatives and fellow miners gather at Wonderkop hill each year to remember those who died and were wounded.

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Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) dance and sing around Wonderkop Hill during the 4th anniversary of the Marikana shooting in Rustenburg, South Africa. Police forces shot dead 34 miners from the Lonmin mine four years ago after a protracted strike in the mining sector. Relatives and fellow miners gather at Wonderkop hill each year to remember those who died and were wounded.

South African voters wait at a polling station outside the hostels in Umlazi, Durban

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South African voters wait at a polling station outside the hostels in Umlazi, Durban 

South Africa holds municipal elections

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People stand in a queue to cast their vote during the municipal elections in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa

South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius reacts as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016 after being sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide -- the equivalent of manslaughter. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

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South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius reacts as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria after being sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago 

ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHTParalympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoREUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.REUTERS NEWS PICTURES. TEMPLATE OUT

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Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa

Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius leaves after the second day of his sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa

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Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius leaves after the second day of his sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa today

epa05360986 The double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa 13 June 2016. The Supreme Court of South Africa overturned the High Court's verdict in December 2015, where Pistorius now faces sentencing for murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 13 February 2013.  EPA/THEMBA HADEBA / POOL

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The double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa

A man shouts slogans against South Afric...A man shouts slogans against South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party during a protest organized by the opposition political parties, Civil Society organizations and Religious group as the nation celebrates Freedom Day in Johannesburg on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIAGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

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A man shouts slogans against South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party during a protest organized by the opposition political parties, Civil Society organizations and Religious group as the nation celebrates Freedom Day in Johannesburg, South Africa 

Thousands of South African main oppositi...Thousands of South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance supporters march to the Constitutional Court to protest against South African President Jacob Zuma on April 15, 2016 in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIENMUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance supporters march to the Constitutional Court to protest against South African President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Electricity Protests...epa05215589 A member of the South African Police Service fires rubber bullets on striking community members in Zandspruit, an informal settlement west of Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 March 2016. Community members blocked and barricaded roads surrounding the settlement, after their illegal electricity connections where removed my Johannesburg Council workers almost a week ago.  EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

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A member of the South African Police Service fires rubber bullets on striking community members in Zandspruit, an informal settlement west of Johannesburg. Community members blocked and barricaded roads surrounding the settlement, after their illegal electricity connections where removed my Johannesburg Council workers almost a week ago 

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Thousands of South African opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) supporters, wait outside the constitutional court where judges heard a case over public money spent on President Jacob Zuma’s private house, Johannesburg, South Africa 

A fire fighting helicopter battles a blaze on the mountains above Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa on Monday.  Gale force South Easterly winds have been fanning several fires in the Cape making firefighting extremely difficult. The latest blaze ripped through the mountains above Scarborough and Misty cliffs as it moved towards Kommetjie narrowly missing the residential areas. Two hundred firefighters with 25 vehicles and five helicopters are on the scene fighting the blaze.

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A fire fighting helicopter battles a blaze on the mountains above Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa on Monday. Gale force South Easterly winds have been fanning several fires in the Cape making firefighting extremely difficult

Some of the thousands of people marching against South African President Jacob Zuma after President Zuma fired two finance ministers in the space of last week, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday. Thousands of South Africans took to the streets 16 December to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, whose reputation has been tarnished by a string of scandals. A social media inspired movement called #Zumamustfall sparked several marches across the country on 16 December, a national holiday. The next #zumamustfall march is planned for 01 February 2016. Rallies were also staged in Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth

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Some of the thousands of people marching against South African President Jacob Zuma after President Zuma fired two finance ministers in the space of a week, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday. Thousands of South Africans took to the streets to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma