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23 March 2018 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

How the mighty keep falling

News that former South African President Jacob Zuma will face trial on corruption charges continues to reverberate across the continent. And Legalbrief reports that Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who is also snared in a graft scandal, this weekend threw in ... Read More

Regional News

Authorities to continue targeting separatists

Cameroon's long-ruling President Paul Biya called a rare Cabinet meeting last week and vowed to push ahead with a military crackdown on English-speaking separatists. The West African country has had a turbulent colonial history that saw it pass from ... Read More

Opposition parties form new coalition

Opposition parties in the DRC have formed a coalition that will back Moise Katumbi’s candidacy for President in December's scheduled elections. The announcement – which was made in Johannesburg last week – marks the start of what’s expected to ... Read More

Chief prosecutor cracks down on media

Egyptian authorities have published a list of telephone numbers for citizens to use to bring attention to any media reports they perceive as undermining the country's security or hurting public interest. A report on the News24 site notes that ... Read More

Africa International

Gupta plan to bleed SA's poor exposed

How SA’s poor were to be fleeced to build a billion-dollar hospital for the rich in Dubai, in a plan allegedly concocted by the Gupta family, is revealed in a City Press report. Out of the R954 charged per patient ... Read More

Rome monitors death of Egyptian student in the UK

Prosecutors in Rome have opened an investigation into the death of an 18-year-old Egyptian student in Nottingham in the UK. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Mariam Moustafa died on Wednesday after she was assaulted by a group of women ... Read More


Island rocked by anti-immigrant protests

A group of residents from the Indian Ocean French island of Mayotte has been rounding up suspected illegal migrants and taking them to local police. The move targeted around 100 ‘foreigners, Comorans and Africans’. BBC News reports that protests have ... Read More

MTN and Ramaphosa linked to Nigerian banking probe

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could be drawn into a forensic probe initiated by the Nigerian Government into alleged foreign exchange violations by banks acting on behalf of MTN. Ramaphosa’s former investment holding company, Shanduka, is among previous and current ... Read More

African Bank audit probe open to public

The disciplinary hearing into Deloitte Africa’s audit on African Bank ahead of its collapse in 2014 – which starts today – is an unprecedented move by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (Irba), says a Business Day report. Although the ... Read More


Kigali targets ‘noisy’ mosques

Rwanda has banned mosques in Kigali from using loudspeakers during the call to prayer. They say the calls which are made five times a day have been disturbing residents of the Nyarugenge district. BBC News reports that the government says ... Read More

Ban on alcohol ads in sport will backfire, groups warn

Cape sports associations are opposing changes to the legislation that could see alcohol advertisements banned in sport. According to a Cape Argus report, this follows a statement released by the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa) announcing their support for ... Read More

Industry giants say no to Carbon Tax Bill

Carbon and energy-intensive companies in the mining, steel, chemical, cement and paper industries have come out against the carbon tax proposed by the Treasury, says a Business Day report. Public hearings on the draft Carbon Tax Bill were held in ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Is black-on-black use of K-word racist?

Whether the K-word is regarded as being racist when used by a black person is at the heart of a crimen injuria case being brought by Investec CEO Fana Titi against his erstwhile business associate, Peter-Paul Ngwenya. It is also ... Read More

African Peer Review Mechanism back with a whimper?

The African Peer Review Mechanism is back. However, there are concerns that this instrument, which is meant to help African governments rate one another’s performance, is biting off more than it can chew. The Daily Maverick notes that more than ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Don't waste courts' time, lawyers warned

Lawyers in South Africa have been warned not to take unarguably weak cases to court or they could find themselves faced with serious costs implications, writes Carmel Rickard in her A Matter of Justice column on the Legalbrief site. Commenting ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘As a man, you need to discipline your wife...touch her a bit, tackle her and beat her to streamline her.’ – Ugandan MP Onesmus Twinamasiko responding to comments by President Yoweri Museveni that men who beat women are ... Read More

Book Review

Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV

Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV Rajesh Sundaram Jacana. R240 A senior broadcast journalist from India is headhunted to lead the team that’s been tasked to launch the latest privately owned 24-hour television news channel in South Africa. He ... Read More

At a Glance

Zim woman guilty of fraud

* A Zimbabwean woman who said she lost her home and husband in London's Grenfell Tower fire has been found guilty of fraud. Joyce Msokeri filled a room at Kensington's Hilton hotel with donations after saying she was a ... Read More