10 of the week's best pictures

2014-01-17 15:33

It's been a big week of news across the world. An accused axe murderer appeared in court in Vereeneging, the Australian Open was plagued by extreme heat and former hostage Yolande Korkie pleaded for the release of her husband, Pierre. Added to all of this a police nyala crashed into a car outside court in Brakpan and a man threatened to jump off the Civic Centre in Cape Town. Here are some of the week's top stories in pictures.

  • Pierre and Yolande Korkie
    Yolande, former hostage and wife of Pierre Korkie who is still being held in Yemen, speaks during a news conference in Johannesburg on Thursday. The couple, who have been married for 20 years, was abducted in the city of Taiz, in Yemen, in May. Pierre had been teaching in Yemen while Yolande worked in hospitals helping with relief work. Kidnappers demanded payment of $3m (about R32.5m) to secure Korkie's release. (Sapa)
  • Civic Centre Man
    A man threatened to jump down from 23-storey rooftop of the Cape Town Civic Centre on Thursday. The man was later lured off the building and taken to safety. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)
  • Egypt constitution voting
    Voting proceeded smoothly in a referendum on a new Egyptian constitution after clashes killed nine people on day one, with turnout seen as key to a likely presidential bid by the army chief. (Khaled Desouki, AFP)
  • DA election manifesto preview
    Here Mmusi Maimane, the Democratic Alliance's Gauteng premier candidate, presents a preview of the party's election manifesto and the strategy behind their campaign at a news conference in Johannesburg on Monday. The DA's national manifesto launch will be held in Gauteng in early March with jobs and stopping corruption as their top priorities, Maimane said. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
  • Vehicle smashed at Brakpan court case
    A vehicle was smashed by a nyala outside the Brakpan Maigstrate's Court on Monday where a man accused of raping and murdering his 4-year-old niece appeared. The case was postponed to 13 March for further investigation. (Sapa)
  • Accused axe murderer in court
    A man, accused of murdering three of his relatives and injuring two others, appears in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, 14 January 2014. The 25-year-old man is alleged to have axed to death his 60-year-old grandmother and two female relatives, aged 26 and 28, in Orange Farm, Lakeside, south of Johannesburg. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
  • Famous boxer in SA
    American Floyd Mayweather, universally recognised as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, poses with (L) Gideon Sam, the president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula after arriving in Johannesburg on Wednesday to boost boxing in the country. (Sapa)

  • Heat takes toll at Australian Open
    Jerzy Janowicz of Poland poses beside a water fan on The Grand Slam Oval on day four of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (AFP)
  • Sinabung volcano spews ash (again)
    Here villagers tend to crops as the Sinabung volcano behind them spews hot ash in Karo. More than 25 000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra, an official said. The volcano has erupted more than 30 times.  (Kharisma Tarigan, AFP)
  • Thai protests continue
    Here Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags at Victory monument during ongoing rallies in Bangkok. Thailand's prime minister urged anti-government protesters to vent their anger against her at the ballot box, insisting that elections were the best way to solve the country's deepening political crisis. (Nicolas Asfouri, AFP)


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