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01 April 2020 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Africa battered by vicious pandemic

A decade ago, preparations for the football World Cup were being finalised and the continent took its place as the centre of the universe. Legalbrief reports that ‘Africa’s time has come’ was Fifa's catch-phrase and Shakira summed up the ... Read More

Regional News

Prison abuses flagged

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Egyptian security forces of torturing children in jails. In a 43-page report, HRW and Egyptian rights group Belady documented alleged abuses against 20 children between the ages of 12 and 17. They called on ... Read More

Surge in cyber attacks reported

Kenyan firms were hit with 37.1m cyber-attacks between October and December 2019, according to a new report by the Communications Authority of Kenya. It marks a 47.3% rise of the crimes reported compared to 25.2m registered in ... Read More

Africa International

Key ‘Fishrot’ suspect off the hook

The CEO of Samherji, the Icelandic seafood company implicated in Namibia’s Fishrot corruption scandal has returned to work. In a media statement, the company confirmed that Thorsteinn Baldvinsson stepped down in November, just days after news of the scandal broke ... Read More

Malian singer held in France over kidnapping

Malian musician Rokia Traoré has been released from a French prison after being detained since 10 March for the alleged kidnap of her daughter in a child custody dispute. According to a report in The Guardian, her freedom is dependent ... Read More


How Kenyan cartel dumped cargo

A tax evasion cartel involving vehicle-tracking service providers, clearing agents and transporters has been cheating the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) by dumping of cargo meant for export. Documents seen by The Nation show that last year alone, the cartel denied ... Read More

Ethiopian migrants found dead in truck

Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia have been found dead in a container attached to a truck in Mozambique. It is believed they were heading to SA. Police stopped the truck enroute from Malawi in the province of ... Read More


Covid-19 law passed

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has enacted a law that allows the arrest of people who defy his Covid-19 lockdown measures. Under statutory instrument 77, those who are found in crowds of more than 50 people will be arrested and jailed ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Pangolin not 'specially protected' in Zimbabwe

Just as the whole world discovers that pangolin meat could have triggered the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, it has emerged that Zimbabwe's legislation offers no real protection for the species, writes Carmel Rickard for Legalbrief. This has become ... Read More

Supply chain concerns addressed

As the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold in Africa, many governments have begun to tighten borders, restrict gatherings and close schools. In an analysis on the African Arguments site, William Moseley notes that the crisis has already fundamentally changed people's ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Scathing judgment on Uganda's policing law

One of Uganda's most contentious laws has come under fire by that country's Constitutional Court. A particularly repressive section giving the police power to prohibit all public gatherings and protest has been declared unconstitutional and the court's ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘There is definitely a shortage of ventilators (globally), and we are all trying our best to give everyone a fair chance. It’s also unfair to now try and jump the queue. Africa is unfortunately at the back of the line ... Read More

Book Review

The ANC Spy Bible

The ANC Spy Bible   By Moe Shaik Tafelberg. $13     When former President Zuma made spy allegations against fellow members of the ANC at the State Capture (Zondo) Commission in July 2019, political analyst Thando Dotyeni said the ... Read More