Barrow walks the talk as a new era begins
It has been another extraordinary week for a small West African nation which has dominated the headlines since a constitutional crisis triggered by December’s disputed poll resulted in military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States. Legalbrief ...
Compaore trial due to begin in March
Ousted Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore is expected to go on trial in March for his part in the violent crackdown on the 2014 popular uprising that overthrew him. Supreme Court prosecutor Armand Ouedraogo said other members of his former ...
Activists plead in terror case
Three members of Cameroon's Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, which protests that the country's English-speakers are being treated as second-class citizens, have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges at a Yaounde military court. Felix Nkongho, Neba Aforteka'a and ...
HRW flags Bakala massacre
An armed group executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters in the lawless heart of Central African Republic in December, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has noted. ‘In the town of Bakala, rebels from the Union for Peace in the ...
Government cannot finance crucial poll
Government addresses massacre footage
Journalists detained over mutiny coverage
Former PM addresses safety concerns
FGM widespread despite ban
Court extends voter registration deadline
Nairobi to appeal refugee camp ruling
Law student flees over Facebook debate
Court rejects ex-governor’s efforts to dismiss graft case
Fired coach seeks to block appointment of successor
Comair awarded R1.16bn for SAA travel agents deal
Dagga for medical uses gets green light
Land reform within parameters of law – Zuma
EFF turns to ConCourt for action against Zuma
Tourist guide in the dock over Facebook clip
Football association sparks fierce gay debate
Supreme Court rejects bid to block JSC
Scramble for US dollars
Health sector crippled by strike
Dutch politician targets Moroccan ‘scum’
Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders has launched his election campaign by calling some Moroccans ‘scum’. He has vowed to ban Muslim immigration and shut mosques if he wins. BBC News reports that his latest comments come two months after he ...
Safa sued for R5m over match-fixing claims
The South African Football Association (Safa) and its former CEO Leslie Sedibe will face off in a defamation action in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on 8 August. Sedibe, who is suing Safa for R5m, will finally have his day ...
Nigerian court orders seizure of $110m in graft probe
A Nigerian court has handed the government more than $110m seized from bank accounts linked to a former Cabinet Minister. Legalbrief reports that it marks a significant breakthrough for the anti-corruption Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite the face that ...
Angola Vice-President charged in Lisbon graft case
Dirk Prinsloo may soon be back in SA
Swedish court upholds Rwandan genocide sentence
Merkel leans on Tunisia’s asylum seekers
Oil firms challenge withdrawal of major contract
Three arrested in ivory bust
Ugandan authorities seized a ton of illegal ivory and arrested three West Africans they believe were plotting to ship it abroad. A report on the News24 site notes that the bust took place late on Friday in Kampala, where law ...
Criminal Procedure Act amendment for mentally ill
The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services has tabled the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, which seeks to stop the incarceration of accused persons who are mentally ill or intellectually disabled in prisons. A GroundUp report says the Bill will amend ...
Hate Speech Bill violates rule of law – judge
Former Judge Rex van Schalkwyk says the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill is a violation of the rule of law. In a dialogue held by the Free Market Foundation in Bryanston‚ Van Schalkwyk said Penny ...
Marriage and Divorce Bill revisited
Ugandan MPs are debating how to re-submit the Marriage and Divorce Bill that has spent more than a decade on the floor of Parliament. Addressing a workshop organised by the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, some MPs expressed frustration over the ...
Lawmaker slams new land Bill
Only MPs, not judges, can remove Zuma
It is a mistake – and fundamentally undemocratic – to expect the Constitutional Court to remove President Jacob Zuma from office or to expect it to instruct the National Assembly to do so, says constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos, in an ...
Why the AU is a dud – analyst
The African Union lacks new Mbekis, Obasanjos and Bouteflikas to drive it, analyst Sibusiso Nkomo from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation has said. ‘The AU is far from its vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that is ...
A Matter of Justice
Attorney beware – there's a scam targeting conveyancers
The tables have been turned on South African attorneys: instead of having to help clients affected by fraud, they are finding themselves the victims. This particular fraud targets attorneys doing conveyancing work. It involves a series of e-mails, apparently sent ...
Quotes of the Week
‘I must say I regret hav
‘Do you listen to anything from Malema? Who is Malema? The call to step down must come from my party.'
– Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe responding to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema's call last month that he must step ...
Patriots & Parasites
Patriots & Parasites
By Dene Smuts
Quivertree Publications. R295
Patriots & Parasites, completed just days before Smuts' unexpected death in 2016, is her account of the momentous period known as the Transition Era, through the lens of her 25-year career as a ...
At a Glance
Concern over Buhari
* One of the world's most populous countries has been without its leader for almost a month, and no one seems willing to explain why. Muhammadu Buhari, the 74-year-old President of Nigeria, has been the subject of swirling rumours, conspiracy ...
Carnage in Mogadishu
* The death toll from a car bomb at a marketplace in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has risen to 34 with 52 injured. Many of the dead were carried away by their relatives soon after the blast, said Captain Mohamed Hussein ...