10 of 2013's top news stories

2013-12-31 12:53

From Oscar Pistorius's shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February, to the death of Nelson Mandela in December, see pictures of 10 of the year's biggest news stories for 2013.


    17-year-old Anene Booysen is brutally raped and murdered in Bredasdoorp in the Western Cape. Her death shocks the nation. Later in the year, Johannes Kana is convicted of the crime and is made to serve two life sentences. (Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)


    Oscar Pistorius shoots and kills his girlfriend, law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. (Themba Hadebe, AP)


    Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia who died after allegedly being beaten by police officers and dragged behind their van after they accused him of obstructing traffic. Here his father Joseph (2nd from left) is seen with other family members as they leave the Benoni Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)


    Pope Francis is elevated to Pope of the Catholic Church after Pope Benedict XVI steps down. (AFP)


    Margaret Thatcher, the controversial "Iron Lady" who dominated a generation of British politics and won international acclaim for helping to end the Cold War, dies following a stroke. (Will Oliver, AFP)


    Three are killed and more than 260 are wounded when two explosions are struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Stan Honda, AFP)

  • MAY

    Three kidnap survivors who were missing for over a decade are found locked in a house in Cleveland, Ohio. This composite screenshot, taken from a video released by their lawyers, shows Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight thanking the public for their support. 


    US President Barack Obama conducts a three day tour of African countries, including South Africa. Here he is pictured delivering an address at the University of Cape Town. (Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)

  • JULY

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) welcome a son, Prince George. The Prince is now thrid in line to the British throne. (John Stillwell, AFP)


    Nelson Mandela dies at 95. (Jerusha Sukhdeo, News24)

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