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21 January 2018 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Africa unites over Trump scandal

A breathtaking sunrise image of Cape Town – Africa’s so-called Mother City – is doing the rounds on social media platforms in response to US President Donald Trump's vulgar comments about the continent. Legalbrief reports that Trump, who once ... Read More

Regional News

Cairo court jails hundreds for 2013 protest

An Egyptian court has jailed at least 262 people for between three years and life for security-related offences during a 2013 sit-in protest against the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi. A report on the Middle East Eye site notes ... Read More

Activists jailed over court protest

An Ethiopian court has sentenced prominent dissident Bekele Gerba and three other opposition figures to six months in jail for singing a protest song in court. The suspects are all members of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and have ... Read More

Recruits barred over stretch marks

The Ghanaian Immigration Service (GIS) has disqualified candidates with bleached skin and stretch marks from a massive recruitment exercise. A GIS spokesperson reportedly told the BBC this was because people with such marks might bleed during the ‘strenuous’ training. Those ... Read More

Africa International

Harare moves to reduce foreign embassies

Zimbabwe is considering shutting down some of its 46 embassies around the world in an attempt to reduce costs. The Herald reports that Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo said government was in the process of clearing its debt in respect ... Read More

German firm finds no evidence of corruption

Another German software company implicated in the #GuptaLeaks for alleged kickbacks to the Gupta family in exchange for parastatal contracts has concluded its legal review and claims ‘no evidence of corruption’ was found, but nevertheless parted ways with its sales ... Read More

Dutch arms dealer awaits extradition documents

The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court has granted a postponement in the case involving Dutch arms dealer Augustinus Petrus Kouwenhoven (75), convicted of crimes against humanity and for selling firearms to former Liberian President Charles Taylor. A News24 report says the ... Read More


Lawyer highlights plight of detained separatists

A human-rights lawyer representing English-speaking Cameroonian separatists said they had been arrested by Nigeria's secret service and were being held ‘illegally’. Femi Falana said Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, the president of the anglophone separatist movement in Cameroon, and nine others ... Read More

Botswana closes Malawian cleric’s churches

Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri has had another run-in with the Botswana Government, which has resulted in the country shutting down all his churches. The Star reports that the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) was targeted for allegedly flouting Botswana laws. This ... Read More


Government bans foreign adoptions

Ethiopia announced last week that it has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns they face abuse and neglect abroad. BBC News reports that the country is one of the biggest sources for international adoptions by US citizens ... Read More

President defends move to change Constitution

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has defended a plan to change the Constitution after the fiercely-contested draft cleared a key hurdle. A report on the SABC News site notes that Parliament last week approved a raft of changes that the opposition ... Read More

Anti-rape law passed

The self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape for the first time. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Parliamentary speaker Bashe Farah told BBC News that rape cases have risen and he ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Sudden death of Julian von Klemperer (71)

The sudden death of lawyer Julian von Klemperer (71) last week has been described as a ‘great loss’ to the legal profession of SA, notes a report in The Witness. Born in Durban in 1946, Von Klemperer was admitted as ... Read More

Flawed oil bidding process unpacked

Shortly before the 2003 presidential election, Funsho Kupolokun, the Special Assistant to then President Olusegun Obasanjo hurriedly put together a bid round for three oil blocks. At the end of the process during which only Elf Petroleum, ExxonMobil Ltd, Vintage ... Read More

Why 'sorry' is such a loaded word

Namibian-German negotiations over the genocide perpetrated in the former German colony South West Africa in 1904-1908 have just entered their third year. The start of the negotiations in late 2015 marked a turning point after more than a century of ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Bringing war criminals to book

Convicted Dutch millionaire war criminal and arms smuggler Guus Kouwenhoven is sitting in Cape Town, determined to resist extradition to Holland where a 19-year jail terms waits for him. He has been convicted in his absence of crimes relating to ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

'Zimbabwe's army under (Consta

'Zimbabwe's army under (Constantino) Chiwenga has joined the ranks of banana republics where military individuals intervene because they don’t like this individual, or they like that individual.' – Former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Moyo   ‘The commanders sent us with a ... Read More

Book Review

The Fall of the ANC Continues: What next?

The Fall of the ANC Continues: What next? Prince Mashele and Mzukisi Qobo Picador Africa, R175 Reading this book, one is left thinking that the struggle movement will be dead come the 2019 elections. The governing party has allowed and promoted ... Read More