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Publish date: 13 November 2017
Issue Number: 751
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

‘This has been building for some time, and the Mnangagwa camp, in trying to fend off the attacks, has made key mistakes and underestimated the strength that Grace Mugabe and her Generation of 40 have been mustering. Relying on his bedrock of military support, it was in the end not enough to prevent President Mugabe from moving against him – almost certainly to allow his wife time and space to build a presidential constituency of her own.’

– Analyst Stephen Chan following the axing of Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa


‘I might have to spend the next few years in court. There is still going to be big action from law enforcement agencies... The legal reaction in the moment shows a complete idiocy in the law enforcement agency at the moment. The tide has started and nothing is going to stop it.'

– South African author Jacques Pauw on the State Security Agency's efforts to block his book The President's Keepers


‘People know they can’t discuss anything. They try not to sleep, reading the books, uh-huh, all the lies and speculation and imagination of people. That's become the politics, the politics to use here: That is the book, you know. This is the book. Can you say no to this book…? Jirrrrr. Novels. It is people who sit down and just think and composition of people. (sic)’

– President Jacob Zuma addressing several new books that are critical of him