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Shack fire in Masiphumelele...epa04474260 South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 03 November 2014. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. Residents complain of poor access roads for emergency personel who have difficulty getting fire and rescue support to the areas quickly. Inadequate housing and the growing number of informal settlements is one of the major issues facing the government.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. 

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 October 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in February 2013.

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At the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to a maximum five-year term in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

Oscar Pistorius Is Convicted Of Culpable Homicide Of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13. 

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria...Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 11, 2014. A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star intended to kill his girlfriend or an imagined intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

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Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa’s judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges on Thursday and will await the verdict on culpable homicide

Young boys warm up before playing soccer on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa

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Young boys warm up before playing football on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa

People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on July 16, 2014. Israel urged 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes on July 16, but the warning was largely ignored despite an intensification of the military's nine-day campaign after Hamas snubbed a ceasefire effort.

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People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on Wednesday

A striking worker wears a tyre around his neck as thousands of workers clad in red demonstrate on the first day of a nationwide strike called by South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) in Johannesburg Central Business District on July 1, 2014. Nearly a quarter of a million members of South Africa's largest union downed tools on July 1, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt. The strike is expected to hit more than 10,000 metals and engineering firms that account for about four percent of South African economic output, according to economists at Citigroup.

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A striking worker wears a tyre around his neck as thousands of workers clad in red demonstrate on the first day of a nationwide strike called by South Africa’s National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) in Johannesburg Central Business District

A South African woman and a child sit at a vacant land, following the mass eviction of two weeks ago, in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 June 2014. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) who own the land would be responsible for rebuilding the 849 homes destroyed in the evictions. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is probing the evictions due to the excessive use of force by police and the inhumane nature in which it was carried out. The families were evicted in the midst of a severe storm in the middle of winter with no alternate shelter being provided. They have now been told they can move back onto the land but are afraid to do so in case of further evictions. There have been numerous evictions across the country in the wake of the general elections with housing and the lack of it being one of the major issues facing the new government.

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A woman and a child sit at a vacant land in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, following a mass eviction two weeks ago

Members of the South African ruling party African National Congress Youth League and supporters of the South African president demonstrate outside the Weely Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.

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Members of the African National Congress Youth League, and supporters of the South African president Jacob Zuma, demonstrate outside the Weekly Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.

Striking miners march in Marikana

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Striking miners march in Marikana, 40 kms from Rustenburg, in the South African platinum belt on Wednesday