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23 January 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

End of the Kabila era in sight

As the dust begins to settle following one of the most extraordinary elections in history, the DRC is preparing for the post-Kabila era. Legalbrief reports that 21 years after Laurent Kabila swept into power when he overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko ... Read More

Regional News

Former spy boss detained

Isaac Kgosi, the former Director-General of the Botswana’s Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) has been detained at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on his arrival from Dubai. He is facing charges related to tax evasion and corruption. DIS ... Read More

PM and cabinet resign

Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Paul Thieba resigned from office along with his entire cabinet at the weekend. No reason was given for the move, which was announced in a televised statement by President Roch Kabore. BBC News reports that Thieba ... Read More

Presenter jailed for interviewing gay man

An Egyptian television presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year. The Giza court also fined Mohamed al-Ghiety $167 for 'promoting homosexuality' on his privately owned LTC channel. BBC News reports ... Read More

Africa International

Dutch seek extradition of alleged Nigerian pirate

The suspected Nigerian kingpin behind a pirate attack during which men, armed with AK47s and M16s, ransacked the cabins, stealing electronics, money and jewellery, before discarding the cargo ship, FWN Rapide, and taking the crew hostage, has appeared in the ... Read More

AG drawn into apartheid-era arms dealer's claim

The Auditor-General faces a High Court application to produce records relating to Armscor’s controversial acquisition of 50 Puma helicopters from a French armaments company more than 30 years ago, according to a Daily Maverick report. This apartheid-era transaction has haunted ... Read More

Uganda targets illegal orphanages

At least 60 illegal orphanages and children's homes in Uganda are being funded by UK charities, church groups and volunteers. BBC News reports that the Ugandan Government recently announced a programme to close down more than 500 unlicensed orphanages ... Read More


Suspected SA jihadist to appear in court ‘soon’

A suspected South African jihadist, who is being detained in Mozambique, is in good health, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has stated. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Andre Hanekom and two Tanzanians, arrested on 31 December ... Read More

Jailed foreigner held illegally in SA – lawyer

A gravely ill man from the DRC has been incarcerated at Westville Prison in KZN for 11 months. As with the case of many foreign nationals, the crime Abdul Hamiez has been jailed for is not having proper documentation, says a ... Read More

Absa and SocGen to launch pan-African bank

Absa is not prepared to wait on its local subsidiaries to deliver growth following a preliminary announcement that will see it partner with French banking conglomerate Société Générale in courting multinational companies active in Africa. According to a Business Day ... Read More


Kigali restricts SIM card ownership

Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (Rura) has notified mobile phone users about changes to SIM-card ownership regulations. The utilities regulator said from 31 January, customers will be allowed a maximum of three sim-cards on each network or a maximum of ... Read More

Parliament fixing minimum wage law glitch

As reported in Legalbrief Policy Watch, Parliament is amending the national minimum wage law just two weeks after the groundbreaking legislation – which provides for ordinary workers to be paid at least R20 an hour – came into effect. According ... Read More

Children's Act amendments still raising concerns

Issues around proposed amendments to the Children’s Act and the effect they will have on vulnerable children continue to be raised in the media. The amendments, as reported previously by Legalbrief Policy Watch, include the removal of the adoption fee ... Read More

Africa Analyses

SA continues to champion transformation

SA has finally approved the agreement for the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area and by doing so, it will continue to champion the socio-economic transformation of Africa. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Michael Khorommbi notes that Parliament ... Read More

How Kabila hedged his bets

After stalling for years and then organising a flawed election, the people of the DRC may not have heard the last of President Joseph Kabila. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the electoral commission declared one of the opposition leaders ... Read More

ConCourt ruling a relief for asylum seekers

It is hoped that the compassionate approach to immigration – in the unanimous judgment by Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron in Ruta v Minister of Home Affairs – will be adopted by the department, notes legal journalist Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week


  ‘It is not the victory of one camp against another. I am engaged in a campaign to reconcile all Congolese. The Congo that we are going to form will not be a Congo of division, hatred or tribalism. It ... Read More

Book Review

Biafra’s War: A Tribal

Biafra’s War: A Tribal Conflict in Nigeria that left a m i l l i o n Dead   By Al J. Venter Helion & Company. R200 In this vast picture of the Nigerian-Biafran War showing a comprehensive portrait of ... Read More