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17 December 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Court ruling key to crucial elective conference

Just days before the ANC’s elective conference, South Africa's ruling party is threatening to tear itself apart over Friday’s dramatic judgment which found President Jacob Zuma had been ‘reckless’ in unlawfully paying off Advocate Mxolisi Nxasana to ... Read More

Regional News

UN flags rights abuses

The UN Committee against Torture has asked Cameroon to stop its troops from committing 'atrocities' in its fight against Boko Haram jihadists. It also expressed concern over sweeping arrests in the francophone West African country's English-speaking regions, demanding an ... Read More

Activists to defy government protest ban

Civil society activists in Chad are planning a major anti-government march to protest against ‘anti-social measures’, despite a ban by authorities. Activist Mahamat Nour Ibedou, who heads the Chadian Convention for Human Rights, ia quoted in a News24 report as ... Read More

Odinga backs down over inauguration threat

Kenya's main opposition group has postponed tomorrow’s mock ceremony to inaugurate its leader as President. A report on the News24 site notes that opposition leader Raila Odinga said the decision to delay the event until a later date ... Read More

Africa International

Switzerland returns 'Abacha loot'

The Swiss Government last week announced that it will return $320m of the funds allegedly stolen by Nigeria's late military ruler Sani Abacha. The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his ... Read More

Sudan targets currency traders

The Central Bank of Sudan has ordered banks to freeze the assets of several companies and individuals for allegedly trading currencies against the bank's instructions. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the list of persons with frozen ... Read More

Safa want $10m World Cup ‘bribe’ from SA

The SA Football Association (Safa) is making an ‘audacious’ claim to the government for a refund of the disputed $10m payment that was made to the Caribbean during the 2010 World Cup bid process, says a TimesLIVE report. Safa spokesperson ... Read More


AU moves to relocate 20 000 migrants

The AU plans to repatriate 20 000 African migrants in detention centres in government-controlled parts of Libya over the next six weeks. BBC News reports that African governments are under pressure to act following television reports showing sub-Saharan Africans being ... Read More

Chad, Somalia and Libya affected by US travel ban

The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump's travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries – three of them in Africa – can go into full effect, pending legal challenges. BBC News reports that the decision is a boost for ... Read More


Sex offenders' registry established

Botswana’s Parliament has passed a motion to create a mandatory sex offenders' registry and ban sex offenders from working in institutions that deal with children. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the proposal was tabled by MP ... Read More

Renewed call for taxpayer bill of rights

The Davis Tax Committee and the Office of the Tax Ombud have again stressed the need for the introduction of a taxpayer bill of rights and a service charter to guarantee taxpayers’ rights, says a Business Day report. The Davis ... Read More

Rush to draft state of emergency regulations

Emergency regulations are being drafted for the first time since the advent of democracy, according to Rapport. The newspaper claims to have seen the draft regulations, emanating from the Presidency, in terms of the State of Emergency Act of 1997 ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Letting Zuma off again a bridge too far...

If the National Prosecuting Authority declines to prosecute President Jacob Zuma on any of the corruption charges he is once again facing – and bases its decision on the KPMG report or the Seriti Commission of Inquiry – we will have to ... Read More

Why ‘Mugabeism’ is still in place

Real change will only come to Zimbabwe with electoral reforms and unity among the opposition in order to challenge the ruling Zanu-PF’s long-held position of dominance. A panel of prominent Zimbabweans told a Gordon Institute of Business Science forum ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week

‘Travesty would simply n

 ‘The unpunished attacks on Sufi mosques are endangering one of Libya's historic minority communities.’ – Eric Goldstein, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Middle East and North African director on the spate of recent attacks   ‘Travesty would simply not be powerful ... Read More

Book Review

Colour Me Yellow

Colour Me Yellow By Thuli Nhlapo Kwela Books. R209 There is an autobiographical genre often dismissed as 'misery memoir' – books in which an author bangs on at length about how awful their life was, is, and ever shall be. And ... Read More

At a Glance

New spy boss appointed

* Zimbabwe has named a former diplomat as the head of its intelligence agency. Isaac Moyo, who was serving as an ambassador to neighbouring South Africa and Lesotho, replaces retired army general Happyton Bonyongwe. Moyo takes over a domestic spy network ... Read More

Writer detained

* An advocacy group says a Cameroonian-American writer who criticised the government over months of anglophone protests has been detained in the Central African nation. Patrice Nganang had written an article for Jeune Afrique in which he was critical of how ... Read More

Poachers jailed

* Two Tanzanian men caught with 16 ostrich eggs were sentenced to 25 years in jail on Friday after being convicted of ‘economic sabotage’. The sale of ostrich eggs, used in traditional medicine or to make tourist gifts, is illegal in ... Read More