South Africa

SA women's football team to get equal pay

South Africa's women's football team - Banyana Banyana - will for the first time earn the same amount of bonuses as the men's team when they take part in the Fifa World Cup in June, the boss of the country's football association has announced, TimesLive reports.

“This will go a long way towards closing the pay gap between the men and women footballers in this country and it is a happy day for South African football‚” Danny Jordaan said.

The men's team - Bafana Bafana - will play in the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in June in Egypt.

The players will get $22,000 (£17,000) each if their teams are able to reach the last-16 stage of the two tournaments, the report says.

Banyana captain Janine van Wyk welcomed the decision to give women players equal pay:

“It is truly amazing as you know that we have been fighting for equality in sport for a long time‚” she said.

Until now, the men's teams have always earned more in bonuses during qualifiers or at major tournaments while their Banyana counterparts have received considerably less.

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BreakingRamaphosa elected South African president

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected president of South Africa by the new parliament.

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The African National Congress (ANC) won the 8 May general election with 58% of the vote.

According to the constitution, whereas voters choose parties, the president is elected by MPs during the inaugural session of parliament.

SA deputy president will not be sworn in

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

South Africa's 400 MPs are currently being sworn in to serve in the country's sixth democratic parliament.

This follows the 8 May general election which the African National Congress (ANC) won with 58% of the vote.

But the current Deputy President David Mabuza will not be sworn in until he clears his name within the ANC.

Mr Mabuza has been investigated by the ANC's integrity commission, which found that he had brought the party into disrepute.

The ANC has not given details about what happened but it said Mr Mabuza had asked to postpone his swearing in until he had addressed the commission.

Mr Mabuza has previously been accused of corruption and siphoning money from the state, allegations he denies.

With Mr Mabuza unavailable, President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to appoint another deputy president when he announces his cabinet in the next few days.

Many will be looking at Mr Ramaphosa’s new administration as an indication of whether he is serious about tackling corruption in his government.

You can following the MPs' swearing in here:

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