Signs of hope for troubled vanilla island
Despite allegations of graft by one of the three former Presidents who are frontrunners in Madagascar’s hotly-contested poll, it appears that the crucial election has gone smoothly. Legalbrief reports that while election observers have flagged some irregularities, there are now ...
Prominent journalist released
A journalist and television presenter from Cameroon's restive Anglophone region was released on Saturday after being detained on charges of ‘attacking state security’. A report on the News24 site notes that Mimi Mefo, who heads English news for privately-owned ...
Horrific abuses flagged by campaign group
The DRC has been accused of condoning the torture of political and human rights activists, including the use of gang rape, beatings and electric shock treatment on detainees. The UK-based Freedom from Torture group, which helps rehabilitate torture survivors, has ...
Mass grave discovered
Police in Ethiopia say they have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions of the country. BBC News reports that hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced over the past ...
Deputy Chief Justice gets her day in court
ICC continues to probe post-poll violence
Commission ordered to release seized properties
Abuja ordered to adjust oil profit sharing model
Former Minister linked to fugitive’s escape
Islamic leader denied bail
Kagame defends justice system
First shelter to assist vulnerable women opens
Complaint lodged over public funding of Makeba dispute
Reserve Bank fines HSBC R15m
Court to hear Mkhwebane 'abuse of office' claim
Sasol Oil wins R1.3bn tax reprieve from SCA
Security clampdown sees mining profits soar
Men detained over suspected gay marriage
Men detained over suspected gay marriage ceremony
Mugabes fingered in damning report
Harare seeks $40m to compensate white farmers
Mugabe-era Minister on the run
Businessman in court on graft charges
Saudi Arabia's $1bn bid for Denel partnership
Saudi Arabia has made a $1bn bid for a broad partnership with state-owned defence group Denel that would include acquisition of a minority stake in a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall, a source familiar with the offer is quoted as ...
Diego Novella loses bid to appeal murder conviction
Convicted murderer Diego Novella's application for leave to appeal his conviction and sentencing was denied by the Western Cape High Court on Friday. In papers before the court, Novella claimed among other things that his rights to a fair ...
Danish fraud suspect arrested in SA
A woman who worked for Denmark's social security agency has been arrested in SA, says TimesLIVE. She is accused of defrauding the service of 15m euro (R245m), prosecutors confirmed. The woman, who was employed by the agency for 40 ...
Suspect linked to Dubai heist
Former Ethiopian judge returns from exile
Senior banker downplays Africa’s reliance on China
MPs approve UAE extradition treaties
UN extends Libya’s illicit oil export ban
Ambassador calls for more political freedom in Swaziland
Fraud-accused businessman not on Interpol 'Red Notice'
Spaniard to stand trial for allegedly murdering twins
‘Significant decline’ in FGM flagged
Rates of female genital mutilation among girls under 14 have fallen sharply in most regions of Africa over three decades, according to ground-breaking analysis cautiously welcomed by aid groups. The age-old ritual of cutting or removing the clitoris of young ...
MTN battle seen as risk for SA’s financial system
MTN’s fights with Nigerian authorities over $10bn in repatriated funds and back taxes could increase risk in SA’s financial system depending on the outcome, the Reserve Bank has said, according to a Fin24 report. MTN, Africa’s biggest wireless carrier by ...
CPJ staffers leave Tanzania
The travel documents of former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal and a Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo were returned yesterday and they have left the country, Legalbrief can confirm. The pair was detained on Wednesday night by Tanzanian authorities and ...
Mosque attack probe to extend across borders
Cairo to amend law restricting NGOs
Egypt plans to amend a controversial law passed last year that places tight controls on NGOs. Ratified in May 2017 by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the law has sparked fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society. Since Sisi took ...
Government slammed over new media regulations
An international press freedom group says new regulations in Egypt amount to ‘extortion’ and aim to silence the country's last remaining independent media. Reporters Without Borders said the new law, which went into effect last month, requires online newspapers ...
Self-defence issue in Firearms Act amendment
Police Minister Bheki Cele says the removal of self-defence as a reason for owning a gun – as provided for in the Firearms Control Act – would reduce proliferation of illegal firearms in the country, notes a Cape Argus report ...
Minimum Wage Bill to be signed ‘soon’
Call to revisit border policies
‘Why do we have a border gate to Lesotho, considering that the people of Lesotho are in SA? This also applies to Botswana and Swaziland.’ In a Daily Maverick analysis, Nthakoana Ngatane notes that this comment by EFF deputy ...
Progressive transgender ruling will help tackle prejudice
The soon-to-be-heard Equality Court case being brought against the Departments of Justice and Correctional Services by Jade September could become a ‘ground-breaking case on transgender rights’. The court ‘is bound to confirm’ that our law prohibits unfair discrimination against transgender ...
A Matter of Justice
Firearms verdict a victory for rule of law
The courts in Kenya have declared that the firearms licensing board acted unconstitutionally when it revoked the licence of a controversial politician. The letter informing Senator Johnson Muthama that he could no longer legally possess a firearm was part of ...
Quotes of the Week
‘Today is a unique day of our history, the achievement of the dream of (former President) Samora Machel. With the completion of this bridge ... the connection of southern Africa to the north over land and across our country is guaranteed ...
The Man Who Killed Apartheid
The Man Who Killed Apartheid
By Harris Dousemetzis
In the South African House of Assembly, on 6 September 1966, Dimitri Tsafendas stabbed to death Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd. Afterwards, Tsafendas was declared to be a schizophrenic who ...