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17 October 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Zuma likely to brush off damning SCA ruling

The fallout from Friday’s Supreme Court of Appeal judgment, which confirmed that the 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reinstated continues to reverberate across the country. However, Legalbrief notes that there is bitter irony in the ... Read More

Regional News

Former Minister under house arrest

Burkina Faso's former Foreign Minister Djibril Bassolé has been placed under house arrest following his release from military custody. BBC News reports that he is being investigated for his alleged role in the failed 2015 coup. He will be ... Read More

Uprising ring leader granted retrial

The Court of Cassation has granted a retrial to one of the leading activists behind Egypt’s 2011 uprising. Ahmed Douma was sentenced to life in prison for taking part in a violent protest months after the uprising. A report ... Read More

Africa International

US threatens to undermine Africa’s LGBT gains

Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support of the Obama administration and the international community. Now many ... Read More


Nigeria to issue instant visas for Africans

Nigeria has decided to start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans in a major step toward the goal of free movement on the continent. AU deputy chairperson Kwesi Quartey praised the action as a ‘laudable move towards Africa's ... Read More

Lessons from Africa

Kenya's recently annulled elections have highlighted election problems that extend throughout the continent. In an analysis on the allAfrica site, Stephen Chan notes that African democracies are in the process of co-ordinating a ‘generation jump’ in applied technology and ... Read More


Department to brief Parliament on Legal Practice Bill

Parliament will tomorrow (Tuesday) hear the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s responses on submissions made on the Legal Practice Amendment Bill. The Star reports during the committee’s public hearing on the proposed Bill last month, various stakeholders ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Rarely-used law that puts Dlamini in a corner

Having invoked section 38 of the Superior Courts Act, a piece of legislation so obscure that many lawyers and advocates did not know it existed, the Constitutional Court has placed Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini in a corner. A Mail ... Read More

Court ruling narrows scope of HIV convictions

A High Court of Malawi ruling which overturned a decision in a lower court which saw an HIV-positive woman convicted of a crime after breastfeeding another woman’s child has huge implications for HIV-positive people living in the country. A ... Read More

Lessons for the future from historic Timol ruling

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol did not commit suicide, but was pushed to his death, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) ruled last week, bringing to a close a more than four-decade struggle by his family and activists to prove his murder ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Counting the cost of bad financial advice

Financial advisers have to take out indemnity insurance before they may give advice to potential investors. But what happens when the insurance company has an exclusion clause in place that automatically rejects crucial claims – claims brought by clients against brokers ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


 ‘If the president is innocent, as he proclaims, he ought to let a trial court decide on his innocence. His actions over the last decade smack of a desperate attempt to avoid this eventuality. These are the actions of a ... Read More

Book Review