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21 August 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Disgraced Mugabe turns SADC summit on its head

Just as the dust begins to settle following Pretoria’s dramatic stand-off with the International Criminal Court over its decision to host fugitive (and Sudanese President) Omar al-Bashir, Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has turned a high-profile SADC summit on ... Read More

Regional News

Cairo under fire for blocking critical websites

Egypt has blocked Internet access to the website of an international media watchdog that provides support for journalists and champions media freedoms. Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French acronym RSF, said users in Egypt have been unable to ... Read More

Major anti-graft campaign launched

The Ethiopian Government has embarked on a major anti-corruption crackdown which has seen 56 senior government officials and business leaders arrested over the past month. A report on the Xinhua site notes that investigators have also frozen the assets of ... Read More

Odinga backs down on election threat

Opposition leader Raila Odinga last week said he would take his claims that Kenya’s presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court and vowed to protest peacefully. 'We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay ... Read More

Africa International

Voluntary foreign asset disclosure flops

The tax amnesty for undeclared foreign assets – which the South African Government had hoped would yield billions of rand in additional revenue – has been a flop, with just a few hundred applications made ahead of next week’s deadline. A ... Read More

Car makers put case for Agoa in 2018

The automotive industry has made a strong plea to the US trade administration for it to continue enjoying the benefit of duty-free access to the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), says a Business Day report ... Read More

DA presents Bell Pottinger case to watchdog

South Africa's opposition DA on Friday presented its case against the Guptas' former public relations firm Bell Pottinger, reiterating its call that it must declare all funds from their Gupta accounts and ‘reinvest these profits to benefit SA's ... Read More


DRC impasse dominates SADC proceedings

SADC will be sending a former head of state to the DRC as a special envoy amid increasing tensions in that country due to overdue elections. There were still consultations 'aimed at finalising this matter'. President Jacob Zuma, who assumed ... Read More

South African murdered in Mauritius

The body of a 32-year-old South African was found half naked in Grand-Baie Mauritius, Mauritian police confirmed last week. Legalbrief reports that Lara Rijs (32) had a Swiss and South African passport. It is believed she was also raped. A ... Read More


President suspends constitutional revision

Mali's President has suspended plans for a referendum on constitutional change, a move cheered by the opposition on Saturday after months of street protests against the reforms. ‘In the higher interests of the nation and to preserve a peaceful ... Read More

MPs back down on term extension proposal

The Egyptian lawmaker behind a call to amend the Constitution to extend presidential terms by two years says the change won't apply to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's current four-year term. El-Sisi, who has 10 months left in his ... Read More

Senate abolished

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has approved a newly drafted law abolishing the Senate. As a result, all the powers previously held by the Senate passed to the National Assembly. A report on the News24 site notes that ... Read More

Africa Analysis

All eyes on key poll

It is a contest that will be familiar to many – not just in Angola but in every country across Africa where anyone remembers the cold war. The Guardian reports that it pits the People’s Movement for the Liberation of ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

A victory for clean administration

When a specialist police unit launched an undercover, anti-corruption sting on staff at a busy South African border post, their agent found what many ordinary people have long known: it is indeed possible to ‘bribe your way through’. A participant ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘We have extended our ar

'South Africa was between a rock and a hard place as the First Lady, by virtue of her status becomes a diplomat and as such entitled to diplomatic immunity. I am sure that SA is agonised over this but long ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

Concern over Buhari

* A group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari's aides to disclose details of his illness and the treatment he is receiving. It notes that Buhari left the country more than three months ... Read More