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Eugene De Kock a former Vlakplaas commander speaks to the judge at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1999. De Kock, the apartheid regime's top assassin, asked the commission for amnesty for over 100 incidents of torture, murder and fraud. Yoav Lemmer /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression

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Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Oct. 17. A South African judge ruled today that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed to the athlete for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Themba Hadebe/AP hide caption

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They're not just surfing for fun. Youngsters in Cape Town's Waves for Change are facing mental health problems. With the help of a surfing mentor and a counselor, they can learn how to cope. Anders Kelto/NPR hide caption

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If Everybody Had An Ocean, Could We Surf Our Way To Mental Health?

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Sizwe Nzima, right, and one of his six employees deliver medicines to patients in a Cape Town neighborhood. Anders Kelto for NPR hide caption

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The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

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Gloria Gxebeka (left) visits Leona Mqhayi and types her health information into a cell phone Anders Kelto/NPR hide caption

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Grannies Taking Care Of Grannies Is Good For Everyone

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South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has no patience for people who abuse their health and expect the government to fix things. Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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She's a mother talking to another mother — and both are HIV-positive. That's the mentoring role played by Phelokazi Tinzi, who works for mothers2mothers in South Africa. Anders Kelto/NPR hide caption

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A member of the Lesotho military looks on as he stands guard in front of an armed personnel carrier at the entrance of the army barracks in the capital Maseru on Saturday. Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has accused the army of staging a coup. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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