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Publish date: 07 August 2017
Issue Number: 737
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

‘I'm horrified that the court procedures can just be disregarded in such a way. Is the minister aware of the consequence of his action? Is this now how we operate now in the country?’

– North Gauteng High Court Judge Ramarumo Monama slamming mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who failed to submit an answering affidavit on the Chamber of Mines' urgent court application to the court to set aside his moratorium on new mining rights.

 

‘This is another seven years to take care of issues that affect Rwandans and ensure that we become real Rwandans who are (economically) developing.'

– President Paul Kagame after winning a third term in office 

 

‘If we don't have a national conversation then we will always be walking on eggshells whenever we have elections.'

– Njonjo Mue, a senior adviser for rights group Kenyans for Peace With Truth and Justice. Mue said the report by the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission has been ‘gathering dust in parliament’ because it named powerful families, including Kenyatta's, as perpetrators.

 

‘Although legal action is effective‚ corporations respond to their bottom line faster than they do to judges.’

– Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa's opposition DA, saying he has personally written to a list of companies who procure the services of Bell Pottinger urging them to terminate their relationship with the UK public relations firm

 

'I think we are beginning to see cracks among our different communities.'

– ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, adding that there are 'threats to our democratic project'

 

‘When Africans in many townships explode in xenophobic violence against Pakistanis and other Africans from the continent, we condemn them. Equally, the racism that African people suffer in the hands of many Indian businesses and families must be condemned and must come to an end. This is not an anti-Indian statement, it's the truth.'

– EFF leader Julius Malema