A water-based traditional "healing" ceremony ended in tragedy on Friday (15 December) after a teenager and a 27-year-old man both drowned while taking part.
The two clear front-runners are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chair of the African Union Commission and Zuma's ex-wife.
Zuma is finishing his second and final term as ANC leader, and whoever follows him will likely be elected South Africa's next president in 2019.
Oscar Pistorius injured in prison brawl for 'spending too long on phone', 10 days after Supreme Court more than doubled his prison sentence for murder Reeva Steenkamp
The 28-year-old man, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, faces some 67 charges in total.
Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first ever human-to-human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky on 3 December 1967.
The incident, which happened in the town of Umhlanga, came days before South Africa marks 16 days of Activism for no violence against women and children.
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has increased Oscar Pistorius' sentence from 6 to 13 years for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
France have controversially been named as the hosts for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating leading candidates South Africa in the ballot.
Malawi has become the tenth African country to be put on high alert over fears the pneumonic plague could spread there from Madagascar.
"Serious, unnatural and barbaric": Father-of-six caught having sex with neighbour's puppy spared jail
Fanroi Mochachi, 45, pleaded guilty to bestiality and has been handed a suspended five-year jail sentence.
The regional secretary of a women's organisation said the victim "is torn up and can't express herself, she needs a lot of support".
Poachers shot dead the mother and the calf who were roaming in the Pilanesberg Park. Park rangers were unable to save the unborn rhino.
Hackers have compromised a major database maintained by Hetzner Ltd, one of the largest data centre and web hosting services in South Africa.
White South African farmers Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson have been jailed for 11 and 14 years respectively after a video showed them forcing a black man into a coffin.
A 40-year-old man was found dead after reportedly being stoned to death after being accused of attempting to rape a six-year-old girl in Durban, South Africa.
The country has long struggled with high crime rates. New statistics show improvement for many provinces while little has changed in others.
61-year-old discovered in isolated area at South Africa's Stellenbosch Hospital 13 days after going missing following surgery.
One pastor was arrested for allegedly raping his 14-year-old half-sister and the other for raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
FCA to investigate whether UK lenders were involved in the scandal involving South Africa President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.
The 27GB-sized cache was titled "MasterDeeds" and contained millions of records. The leaked records reportedly date back to the late 1990s.
Photojournalist Brent Stirton has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 for his shocking image of a black rhino killed by poachers for its horns.
The court found that Timol did not kill himself by jumping from a 10th-floor window, as authorities said at the time in 1971.
The Boxing Gogos (Boxing Grannies) don their gloves for twice-weekly training sessions at the A Team Gym in Cosmo City in Johannesburg.
Aphiwe Mapekula, 23, killed 35-year-old Thembisa Masumpa by beheading.
Court hears cases of cannibalism have been on the rise in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
14-year-old Ona was caught up in protests when officers allegedly shot him four times.
The video shows people rushing towards the blown up van to grab whatever cash was remaining.
It has been expelled for five years and chief executive James Henderson has resigned.
Traditional healer accused of being in cannibal ring appears in court with four others.