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22 May 2018 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Opposition rejects term-limit referendum

Burundi remains on a knife-edge following Thursday’s controversial referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034. Legalbrief reports that Nkurunziza’s efforts to seek a third ... Read More

Regional News

278 Brotherhood terror suspects in the dock

Egypt's Prosecutor-General has referred 278 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members to military trial on ‘terrorism’ charges. The suspects are facing charges, including joining militant groups Lewaa al-Thawra, which assassinated an army general in 2016, and Hasam. A report on the ... Read More

Court rules against sharing pre-marriage assets

A Kenyan High Court has ruled against a petition to change a clause in the Marriage Act that limits divorced couples to only claim ownership to assets they have acquired during the relationship. The Federation of Women Lawyers had wanted ... Read More

Africa International

Anti-graft tsars urged to fight Africa’s ‘tsunami’

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted in 2016 as describing Nigeria as ‘fantastically corrupt’. This despite that fact that the UK ranks among the top destinations for stolen assets from African countries. A report on the News24 site ... Read More

Glencore may face UK probe over DRC deals

Glencore may face a British fraud probe into alleged corruption in the DRC. Legalbrief reports that the mining company is based in Switzerland and listed on the London stock market and the claims have sent its share price tumbling. The ... Read More

Motion to downgrade SA embassy in Israel

The National Freedom Party (NFP) has submitted a motion to the National Assembly to allow the South African embassy in Israel to be downgraded to a liaison office. The motion comes after the killing of at least 60 Palestinians in ... Read More


Concern over Swazi monarch's exorbitant 'gifts'

The growing bonds of friendship between Swaziland’s King Mswati III and Zambian leader Edgar Lungu have reached new, but worrying, levels for citizens of both countries, says a City Press report. This is after Lungu was presented with a piece ... Read More

Calls for Jammeh to be extradited to Ghana

A survivor, families of the disappeared and rights groups are seeking the extradition and prosecution in Ghana of Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh for his alleged involvement in the killing of more than 50 West African migrants in 2005 ... Read More

Activists slam Home Affairs raid on foreigners

The Department of Home Affairs last week detained 25 foreign nationals for contravening the Immigration Act during raids conducted in Cape Town, GroundUp reports. Activists say some of those arrested were 'without doubt' people that were undocumented because Home Affairs ... Read More


Violence in Parliament over Minimum Wage Bill

A fight broke out in Parliament during a Labour Committee meeting to discuss the National Minimum Wage Bill in detail, says a TimesLIVE report. Committee chair Sharome van Schalkwyk described the incident as ‘unfortunate’ and said it was not an ... Read More

Draft Bill a threat to e-cigs industry – firms

The Vapour Product Association – which represents companies that sell e-cigarettes – is gearing up for a national campaign to oppose a proposed new law, which it says could destroy its industry. A Business Day report notes the Control of ... Read More

Harare suspends proposed marijuana licences

The Zimbabwe Government has suspended plans to issue licences to farmers to grow marijuana for medical and research purposes, citing the need to first carry out feasibility studies. Deputy Finance Minister Terence Mukupe says the state Medicines Control Authority of ... Read More

Africa Analysis

The plight of Nairobi's sex workers

Her body lay on the cold slab of Nairobi's City Mortuary. Her bulky blonde wig covered part of her face. In life, her body had been battered by alcoholism, drug abuse and violence that sex workers endure. Now in ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Soldier awarded damages three decades later

In one of the most unusual decisions yet to come out of Kenya’s Constitutional Court division, Judge Chacha Mwita has upheld a claim by a former member of that country’s defence force, that he was unlawfully detained for more than ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘We will work to recapture the state-owned companies, putting in place strong and ethical boards, re-establishing good governance. We will ensure that, the companies function in line with their mandates, and halt the vicious looting and theft.’ – Public ... Read More

Book Review

Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV

Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV By Rajesh Sundaram Jacana. R145 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 ... Read More