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27 June 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

All eyes on embattled National Assembly Speaker

Following last week’s extraordinary Constitutional Court ruling which cleared the way for National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to allow the use of a secret ballot during the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, the nation is on ... Read More

Regional News

Man jailed for Facebook prank

An Algerian court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a 15th-floor window in order to attract Facebook 'likes'. The man posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a ... Read More

Sankara DNA tests inconclusive

A lawyer for the family of Burkina Faso's slain President Thomas Sankara says DNA tests done in Spain were inconclusive on whether remains found in a grave were his. Stanislas Sankara, who is not related to the revolutionary leader ... Read More

Trial of Campaore Ministers postponed

Burkina Faso's High Court of Justice has postponed the trial of 34 Ministers of former President Blaise Compaore’s government, pending corrections to the prosecution's submissions. A report on the Africa News site notes that the suspects have ... Read More

Africa International

German national accused of raping children

A German national accused of rape, who faces eight sexually related charges, has been denied bail in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court, according to a report on the IoL site. Andreas Wolf is accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual ... Read More

Morocco seeks extradition of 'drug trafficker'

Morocco is seeking the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker from The Netherlands and has summoned its envoy at The Hague to return home for consultations. The Foreign Ministry did not identify the suspect, but a senior government official named ... Read More


Home Affairs defied court on refugee release – LHR

South Africa's Department of Home Affairs has failed to comply with a court order that allowed the release of a Syrian refugee from the Lindela Repatriation Centre, says a Cape Times report. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) had successfully ... Read More

SA backs DRC violence probe

South Africa has chosen to side with the DRC on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province, which has seen hundreds of people killed in the past 10 months and at least 1.3m displaced. No mention was made ... Read More


Cyber Security Bill tabled

The Kenya Cyber Security Bill, which was last month approved by Cabinet, has paved the way for the proposed legislation to be debated in Parliament. A number of ICT practitioners, including lawyer and ICT professional John Freeman, have criticised the ... Read More

Concern for consumers in Twin Peaks Bill

Opposition parties are concerned that the National Credit Regulator is not included in the amended version of the Twin Peaks Bill, and that this omission will leave consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous lending practices, says a Fin24 report. The draft legislation ... Read More

President sparks school pregnancy outcry

There has been an outcry over Tanzanian President John Magufuli's comments that schoolgirls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. Magufuli last week warned schoolgirls at a rally that ‘after getting pregnant, you are done ... Read More

Africa Analyses

The futility of the case against De Morais

Angola's ruling MPLA recently proposed that the outgoing President and Vice-President be given absolute immunity from prosecution for any crimes they committed while in office. The regime subsequently launched new indictments against journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques ... Read More

Let the legal battles begin...

The revised Mining Charter, which has caused consternation across the sector, is dissected in a series of analyses in Business Day and other media outlets, including in articles by both Minerals Affairs Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and the DA’s mining ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Time limit on advocates' arguments proposed

South African advocates could soon be limited in the time they may have to argue a case, by a change to the rules proposed in an important new draft report commissioned by the heads of court. If the proposals are ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘There’s been a ma

‘It is international law. The United Nations cannot override the sovereignty of a country, and when the matter broke out we put together our own investigation.’ – President Joseph Kabila’s chief adviser, Barnabe Kikaya-bin-Karubi confirming that the DRC Government is ... Read More

Book Review

Almost Human

Almost Human By Lee Berger Jonathan Ball. R295 Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human. In 2013, Lee Berger caught ... Read More

At a Glance

VP pledges free and fair elections

* Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pledged that next year's elections will be ‘free and fair’ despite opposition concerns about electoral interference. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference aimed at courting South African investors, Mnangagwa noted ... Read More

Surge in killings reported

* More than 3 300 people have been killed in the violence in the DRC’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The deaths are the result of clashes between the army and a rebel group, but civilians ... Read More