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20 September 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Pretoria addresses fall-out over widespread violence

President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved swiftly to contain the fall-out from the recent wave of violence directed at foreigners following a fast and furious backlash. Legalbrief reports that he is sending special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several ... Read More

Regional News

Helping hand for kidnapped teacher

A group of teachers in Cameroon is clubbing together the pay the ransom for their kidnapped colleague. Bouba Samson was abducted in August by suspected English-speaking separatists, who later contacted his wife to demand payment to free him. Jacques Ngono ... Read More

Anti-graft videos hit a nerve

Videos posted online by an Egyptian construction contractor accusing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the military of corruption have gone viral, sparking a rare debate about the army's growing economic empire. A report on the News24 site notes that ... Read More

Journalists acquitted

Two journalists held by police after they interviewed a suspended judge in Equatorial Guinea have been released without charge. Emelanio Nkogo and Ruben Dario Bacale, who work at the only privately-owned TV station, Asonga, spent 12 days in detention after ... Read More

Africa International

More arrests in global Internet sting

Police in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have arrested more than 250 people suspected of carrying out large-scale online money-transfer scams. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the victims were tricked into wiring money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters. The ... Read More

Gambian commission seeks answers in the US

The Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has visited four US cities to engage with the Gambian diaspora. The commission has engaged with victims and secured under-oath statements from accused perpetrators and will prepare a report. US citizen ... Read More

Judgment snag blocking father's route to appeal

Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai has failed to provide written reasons for a November 2018 judgment involving the removal of a child from the US to SA, says a GroundUp report. Desai was one of three judges reported ... Read More


Proposal to limit foreigners at universities slammed

MPs seeking to regulate the number of foreign students and lecturers at universities, allegedly to ‘protect the South African brand’, have run into a wall of opposition from academics, notes Legalbrief. Management at some leading institutions have slammed the MPs’ ... Read More

West Africa to fund anti-terrorism initiative

West African leaders meeting in Burkina Faso have announced a $1bn plan to combat rising insecurity in the Sahel region. The pledge, to be funded from 2020 to 2024, was announced at the end of this weekend's Economic Community ... Read More

Kenya bans adoption of children

The Kenyan Cabinet has announced an immediate ban on the adoption of local children by foreign nationals. The East African reports that the decision follows several high-profile cases, including one where an American couple won a 'vicious' adoption battle against ... Read More


Debt relief Bill a double-edged sword – study

The debt relief Bill's impact on society and the economy is ‘net negative’, an independent study commissioned by the government has found. A Fin24 report says the socio-economic impact assessment was conducted by Genesis Analytics for the Department of ... Read More

Bigger stake for state proposed in oil and gas Bill

A draft Bill dealing with the regulation of the oil and gas sector proposes that the state get a 20% free-carry share in these enterprises, BusinessLIVE reports. The state interest in these projects will be held by a state-owned enterprise ... Read More

Bill targets ‘suspicious wealth’

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has upped the fight against rampaging corruption by pushing through changes to the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act. New Zimbabwe reports that the aim is to flush out individuals who suddenly flaunt their wealth. The ... Read More

Africa Analyses

The importance of digital activism in Africa

Activists who use digital media are protected by international law and protocols that guarantee freedom of expression. There are also protections in Africa, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights which provides that every individual has the right ... Read More

Death penalty won't reduce systemic violence

The debate on the death penalty detracts from the real issues needing urgent attention to address the effects of a centuries-old systemic culture of violence against black people and women in SA. This is the argument of a senior legal ... Read More

Leading lawyer addresses industry challenges

Davidson Oturu is a partner at ǼLEX, a top law firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt in Nigeria and Accra in Ghana. In an interview with Africa Legal, he addressed the importance he places on delivering excellent services ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week


'We who remain shall continue to hear his rich, brave, defiant and inspiring voice ... encouraging and warning us to be vigilant and astute. A giant tree of Africa has fallen. Today Africa weeps.' – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the ... Read More

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