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26 May 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

State capture scandal threatens Zuma's administration

The burning issue of state capture threatens to eclipse the numerous scandals that have dogged Jacob Zuma’s presidency with Legalbrief noting that it threatens to split the governing alliance partners and reshape South Africa’s political landscape. Deputy President ... Read More

Regional News

Trial of former President delayed again

The long-delayed trial of Burkino Faso's former President Blaise Compaore and members of his Cabinet was last week adjourned for a month after his lawyers claimed that he would not receive a fair hearing. Compaore, who fled to neighbouring ... Read More

Fresh CAR massacre flagged

Red Cross workers have found 115 bodies in the CAR's border town of Bangassou after several days of militia attacks. Antoine Mbao Bogo, the president of the aid group's local branch, reportedly told Reuters that those killed had ... Read More

MP on the run after prison break

More than 3 000 prisoners are believed to have escaped from the DRC’s largest prison. Security sources also said several people were killed during Wednesday's attack on the Makala prison. BBC News reports that Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader ... Read More

Africa International

UN urges Tripoli to release asylum seekers

A top UN official has urged Libyan authorities to free all asylum seekers and refugees from its detention centres in Tripoli. ‘I hope first of all that asylum seekers and refugees can be taken out of detention centres,’ said UN ... Read More

US trial offers insight into Nigerian arms trade

Arms dealers and the corruption-riddled Nigerian Government are locking horns in a California courtroom over a $246m order for weapons and equipment, including helicopters, bombs and ammunition. US weapons contractor Hima Aboubakar has sued arms dealer Ara Dolarian for fraud ... Read More

Suspects charged in connection with UN killings

Authorities in the DRC say two suspects will soon face trial in the gruesome killings of two UN experts. UN investigators Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in March in the Kasai region, where hundreds ... Read More


Equatorial Guinea Vice-President in SA court action

Daniel Janse van Rensburg, who nearly died in an infamous Equatorial Guinea prison two years ago after becoming the victim of a failed business deal involving Equatorial Guinea’s playboy Vice-President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, has taken legal steps against ... Read More

Malawi threatens to take lake dispute to The Hague

The dispute between Malawi and Tanzania over ownership of Lake Nyasa is turning into a fully-fledged diplomatic row, with Lilongwe now threatening to take the matter to The Hague. Malawi accuses its neighbour of sabotaging dialogue on the matter. Tanzania ... Read More

Obasanjo warns that ANC risks becoming irrelevant

South Africa's governing African National Congress will have to be given a ‘fight for its money’ before it fixes itself. That’s the view of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo who told Business Day that liberation movements could ‘convert ... Read More

Africa Analysis

Major probe into oil production-sharing agreements

Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau has launched an investigation into whether money irregularly changed hands during the rushed signing of production-sharing agreements on three of Malawi’s petroleum blocks just eight days before the 2014 elections. The probe was requested by ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Top judge faces long list of alleged offences

A sensational list of ‘offences’ faced by a top judge of the Seychelles has been published via a new decision of that country’s Court of Appeal, reports leading legal commentator Carmel Rickard in her latest A Matter of Justice ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

'Do not carbon copy our

‘If you talk to many African leaders, they will tell you when (Nelson) Mandela was president, he was the voice, not only of South Africa, but of Africa. Thabo Mbeki was in the same category. But with our current president ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

Mutiny ends

* A four-day mutiny by ex-rebel soldiers in Ivory Coast has ended after they were promised bonus payments by the government. The rebellion paralysed cities and towns across the country. Renegade soldiers in Ivory Coast who have carried out a four-day ... Read More

Couple stoned to death

* An unmarried couple was stoned to death in public in north-east Mali by ‘Islamists’, the first such incident since jihadist groups were driven out of the region. Jihadists seized key northern cities in Mali in March 2012, and though they ... Read More

Rapist confesses

* Sikhangele Mki, a serial rapist from Delft, South Africa, has pleaded guilty to 30 counts of rape and 27 of kidnapping, and admitted to stabbing his victims when they fought back or screamed. He entered into a plea agreement with ... Read More