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22 February 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Barrow walks the talk as a new era begins

It has been another extraordinary week for a small West African nation which has dominated the headlines since a constitutional crisis triggered by December’s disputed poll resulted in military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States. Legalbrief ... Read More

Regional News

Compaore trial due to begin in March

Ousted Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore is expected to go on trial in March for his part in the violent crackdown on the 2014 popular uprising that overthrew him. Supreme Court prosecutor Armand Ouedraogo said other members of his former ... Read More

Activists plead in terror case

Three members of Cameroon's Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, which protests that the country's English-speakers are being treated as second-class citizens, have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges at a Yaounde military court. Felix Nkongho, Neba Aforteka'a and ... Read More

HRW flags Bakala massacre

An armed group executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters in the lawless heart of Central African Republic in December, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has noted. ‘In the town of Bakala, rebels from the Union for Peace in the ... Read More

Africa International

Dutch politician targets Moroccan ‘scum’

Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders has launched his election campaign by calling some Moroccans ‘scum’. He has vowed to ban Muslim immigration and shut mosques if he wins. BBC News reports that his latest comments come two months after he ... Read More

Safa sued for R5m over match-fixing claims

The South African Football Association (Safa) and its former CEO Leslie Sedibe will face off in a defamation action in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on 8 August. Sedibe, who is suing Safa for R5m, will finally have his day ... Read More

Nigerian court orders seizure of $110m in graft probe

A Nigerian court has handed the government more than $110m seized from bank accounts linked to a former Cabinet Minister. Legalbrief reports that it marks a significant breakthrough for the anti-corruption Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite the face that ... Read More


Three arrested in ivory bust

Ugandan authorities seized a ton of illegal ivory and arrested three West Africans they believe were plotting to ship it abroad. A report on the News24 site notes that the bust took place late on Friday in Kampala, where law ... Read More


Criminal Procedure Act amendment for mentally ill

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services has tabled the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, which seeks to stop the incarceration of accused persons who are mentally ill or intellectually disabled in prisons. A GroundUp report says the Bill will amend ... Read More

Hate Speech Bill violates rule of law – judge

Former Judge Rex van Schalkwyk says the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill is a violation of the rule of law. In a dialogue held by the Free Market Foundation in Bryanston‚ Van Schalkwyk said Penny ... Read More

Marriage and Divorce Bill revisited

Ugandan MPs are debating how to re-submit the Marriage and Divorce Bill that has spent more than a decade on the floor of Parliament. Addressing a workshop organised by the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, some MPs expressed frustration over the ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Only MPs, not judges, can remove Zuma

It is a mistake – and fundamentally undemocratic – to expect the Constitutional Court to remove President Jacob Zuma from office or to expect it to instruct the National Assembly to do so, says constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos, in an ... Read More

Why the AU is a dud – analyst

The African Union lacks new Mbekis, Obasanjos and Bouteflikas to drive it, analyst Sibusiso Nkomo from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation has said. ‘The AU is far from its vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that is ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Attorney beware – there's a scam targeting conveyancers

The tables have been turned on South African attorneys: instead of having to help clients affected by fraud, they are finding themselves the victims. This particular fraud targets attorneys doing conveyancing work. It involves a series of e-mails, apparently sent ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘I must say I regret hav

‘Do you listen to anything from Malema? Who is Malema? The call to step down must come from my party.' – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe responding to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema's call last month that he must step ... Read More

Book Review

Patriots & Parasites

Patriots & Parasites By Dene Smuts Quivertree Publications. R295 Patriots & Parasites, completed just days before Smuts' unexpected death in 2016, is her account of the momentous period known as the Transition Era, through the lens of her 25-year career as a ... Read More

At a Glance

Concern over Buhari

* One of the world's most populous countries has been without its leader for almost a month, and no one seems willing to explain why. Muhammadu Buhari, the 74-year-old President of Nigeria, has been the subject of swirling rumours, conspiracy ... Read More

Carnage in Mogadishu

* The death toll from a car bomb at a marketplace in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has risen to 34 with 52 injured. Many of the dead were carried away by their relatives soon after the blast, said Captain Mohamed Hussein ... Read More