The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, writes Pieter du Toit.
The number of piracy attacks has certainly declined. But the risk of being attacked at sea remains, writes The Conversation
Any relapse of piracy is likely to foster an even more dangerous brand of hijackings on Somali waters. It's therefore an opportune time to address piracy once and for all, writes Stephanie Carver.
A UN report says it has been almost three years since Somali pirates successfully hijacked a large commercial vessel but they retain the capacity and intent to resume the attacks and have lately shifted to targeting smaller foreign fishing boats.
A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates has touched down in Kenya, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal.
Somali pirates have attacked two fishing boats, capturing one from Iran with 15 crew, an anti-piracy expert says, adding that the vessel is now heading towards Somalia’s coast.
Rampant illegal fishing by foreign trawlers off Somalia’s once pirate-infested coastline is threatening economic gains in the Horn of Africa nation and could push communities back to maritime crime, a report warns.
Piracy on the high seas fell last year to an eight-year low worldwide but the number of successful ship hijackings increased due to rising numbers of attacks in the waters off south-east Asia, a piracy watchdog said Wednesday.
Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.
NAIROBI, Jan 19 - Pirates have seized a merchant ship in the Red Sea and have taken it south towards Somali waters in the first successful hijacking in the region since 2012, maritime officials said on Sunday.
Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates have turned to a new business model: providing "security" for ships fishing illegally.
A private anti-piracy investigator says 11 Indian sailors on small boat have been hijacked off Somalia's coast, the latest vessel targeted by the region's resurgent pirates
Armed men are demanding a ransom for the release of an oil tanker they have seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the European Union anti-piracy operation in the region says.
Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he co-operated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case.
A Somali pirate say 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid.
An investigation by international news network Aljazeera has revealed for the first time how a ransom was paid for Italian-South African hostage Bruno Pelizzari and his South African girlfriend, Debbie Calitz.
Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials say, raising fears that the scourge of Somali piracy may be returning.
Twelve Somali men tried for piracy have been acquitted in Mauritius for lack of evidence, court officials said.
The presence of an international armada and the deterrents put in place by shipping companies have reduced piracy off the Somali coast and in the Gulf of Aden to practically nothing.
World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog says.
Somali pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz cannot afford the lawyer defending her on drugs charges, the Hatfield District Court, in Pretoria, heard on Wednesday. Watch.
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