Oscar Pistorius flounders under grilling on ‘improbable’ testimony

Oscar Pistorius has denied that his girlfriend was standing behind a door talking to him when he shot and killed her, during a floundering performance under cross-examination in his trial in Pretoria.

In a rare intervention that is likely to worry the defence, at one point the judge, Thokozile Masipa, asked Pistorius why he was making mistakes on the stand.

The prosecutor Gerrie Nel gradually zeroed in on the critical moment when the athlete crept into his bathroom with a 9mm pistol and shot four times. Forensic experts have testified that Reeva Steenkamp was probably standing behind the locked toilet cubicle door when she was hit by the first bullet, then fell backwards. Full story

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A tour of Cape Town, World Design Capital 2014

Forget fancy galleries – in Cape Town, 2014 World Design Capital, the most exciting work is in the townships and once-grungy inner-city areas. Read more

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South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Adams said he felt driven to create the painting as thanks to Mandela for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Adams said he felt driven to create the painting as thanks to Mandela for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

The Mandela House museum in Vilakazi Street in the Orlando West section of Soweto Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s the location of the first house owned by former South African President Nelson Mandela where he lived for 44 years from 1946 to 1990. From picture desk live: the best news images of the day

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"He means a lot – he means freedom."

Residents of Soweto in Johannesburg reflect on what Nelson Mandela means to them as the former South African president and leader of the anti-apartheid movement continues to be treated for a recurring lung infection

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Painted stones bearing messages for Nelson Mandela are left in a flower bed outside his Johannesburg home. The 94-year-old former president remains in a Pretoria hospital for a fifth day after a recurrence of a long standing lung infection. Read a report from our Africa correspondent here.

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Photographs of Izikhothane youth in South Africa by Per-Anders Pettersson, from part of his wider project on South Africa. From Flash mob: South Africa’s township youth strut their stuff – in pictures

Photograph: Per-Anders Pettersson

Cape Town, South Africa: revellers take part in the Holi One festival. The event is inspired by the Hindu Holi spring festival of colour which originated in India Photograph: Rex Features

Next week’s AfrikaBurn festival, the African outpost of Burning Man, may be less well-known than its American counterpart, but for DJ Ali B it’s one of the greatest parties on the planet