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19 September 2018 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Knives out for high-profile crime suspects

A wave of high-profile arrests across the continent over the past week has seen a number of politicians and personalities on the wrong side of the law as the authorities continue to clamp down on graft and other crimes against ... Read More

Regional News

Cairo court enforces beard ban

An Egyptian court has suspended a ruling that allowed the return to work of policemen with beards which are usually reserved for pious Muslims. A report on the News24 site notes that the decision came after a lawyer appealed against ... Read More

Broadcaster axes presenter over sexual harassment case

Deutsche Welle says allegations of sexual harassment against one of its former employees in Cairo have proven to be credible. The German broadcaster said Egyptian-British television presenter Yosri Fouda, who is a critic of President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi's government, no ... Read More

Africa International

DA seeking answers on R370bn China loan

South Africa's opposition DA says it will demand full details about a R370bn loan allegedly negotiated by President Cyril Ramaphosa with China as a ‘stimulus package’, notes a Fin24 report. The party said it would send parliamentary questions to ... Read More

Buhari takes aim at HSBC

The Office of the Presidency has asked global banking giant HSBC to return all of Nigeria's looted funds it holds. This after HSBC recently declared that President Muhammadu Buhari's second term in office would stunt Nigeria's economy ... Read More

Morocco police arrest suspected drug mule

Customs police at Tangier Med Port this weekend seized 28kg of cannabis from an international transport truck. Police customs officers stopped a Moroccan national who was allegedly attempting to smuggle the cannabis resin to Europe. A report on the Morocco ... Read More


Wiechers a thorn in side of apartheid government

A constitutional law expert who helped draft SA's interim Constitution, Professor Marinus Wiechers, who died recently in Pretoria at the age of 80, was a thorn in the side of the apartheid government. According to an obituary in the ... Read More

AU pushes for free trade area endorsements

The AU has launched an advocacy campaign to encourage more countries to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), ahead of the January 2019 deadline to implement the agreement. A business guide developed by the International Trade Centre was ... Read More

Department to defend Agoa ties in court matter

Setting aside the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) will have dire consequences, MPs in South Africa were told on Thursday. Department of Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October was sharing developments on trade relations between SA and the US ... Read More


Referendum law passed

Libya’s House of Representatives has passed a Constitution referendum law despite some MPs arguing that it needed an amendment first. The Libyan Observer reports that they boycotted the session when MPs voted, saying ‘it was passed in an illegal manner’ ... Read More

Violence against women outlawed

Morocco's law criminalising violence against women has come into force. It includes a ban on forced marriage, sexual harassment in public places, and tougher penalties for certain forms of violence. BBC News reports that it has been criticised by ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Not too late for SA to rethink ICC withdrawal

As the South African Government finds itself in a quandary over its position on the International Criminal Court (ICC), and dithers over its planned withdrawal, perhaps it could save face by opting for a democratic process to decide the matter ... Read More

Why US stance on ICC redeems African leaders

Washington’s ‘contemptuous dismissal’ of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) attempts to investigate allegations of torture against US soldiers in Afghanistan demands a relook of African leaders' long-standing criticism of this institution. In an analysis on the allAfrica site, Socrates ... Read More

Germany and Namibia grapple with the ‘G-word’

Human remains kept by German institutions as part of their colonial loot were repatriated to Namibia in August – the third time this has been done. And once again, the process was marred by serious friction, a clear illustration that ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Judges' divergent views on errant scholars

Sometimes a court is called on to act as a parent might, and resolve the problems of difficult children. Seldom, though, will two courts in the same country, less than 100km apart, both hand down such a decision on the ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘Kofi Annan was courageous, speaking the truth to power while subjecting himself to intense self-scrutiny.’ – Current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking at Annan’s funeral    ‘Haven't we paid enough for Mr Zuma already? The 10 million people ... Read More

Book Review

A Darker Shade of Pale

A Darker Shade of Pale By Beryl Crosher-Segers Torchflame Books. R250 At its heart, A Darker Shade of Pale is about family. Beryl was born in Cape Town in 1955, seven years after the National Party imposed the system of ... Read More

At a Glance

Annan saluted

* World leaders and international dignitaries travelled to Ghana to pay their last respects to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who was honoured with a state funeral on Thursday, as many lauded him as an exceptional man and leader. Annan died ... Read More

Violations condemned

* The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) has condemned the continuation of the violations by the parties to the conflict in south-eastern Tripoli in the areas of Salah al-Din, Khallet al-Furjan, Wadi al-Rabi, and Ein Zara. The NCHRL ... Read More