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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Addis Ababa hit by fuel shortages
Bongo returns for swearing-in ceremony
High-profile graft trial begins
Commission chairman sues deputy
Suspects in court over Nairobi terror attack
Former commander dismisses arrest warrant
Rajoelina pledges to tackle graft
Court bars candidates from presidential poll
Call for judicial inquiry into apartheid-era crimes
500 sign up for listeriosis class action
Hitman addresses Bosasa allegations
Remorse at issue as Walus denied parole again
Date set for prosecution appeal in Gbagbo case
Mnangagwa battered by ongoing turmoil
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Spanish dentist accused of killing twins found dead
Hearing to determine trial venue for Zambian pollution case
Has Kenya signed off key assets to China?
Imam among suspects arrested for double murder
Chad and Israel renew diplomatic ties
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
SA's approach to child abuse commended
Court strikes high-profile murder case from the roll
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bill providing for SOE banks to be tabled soon
Court rejects petition to block draft Bill
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A Matter of Justice
Alarming number of trial errors nullify serious convictions
When almost half of the criminal appeals heard by a country's apex court lead to decisions that the trials were a nullity or fatally defective in some way and that conviction and sentence must be set aside, you know ...
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 ...
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 ...