ICC stance blamed for fractures
It’s been another busy week for the International Criminal Court (ICC) which convicted another former African militia leader and set its sights on another. Legalbrief reports that it has coincided with fresh calls for the court to take note of ...
Militia leader to head state broadcaster
The head of a Burundian militia accused of atrocities has been named to lead the state broadcaster, sparking condemnation by human rights groups. Human Rights Watch said the appointment of Eric Nshimirimana was 'a blow to all victims of abuse ...
Witch craft competition outlawed
A competition pitting witch doctors against each other in a battle of skills was banned last week. The Times of Swaziland quoted the event organisers as saying the competition, which would have seen witch doctors competing against traditional healers, was ...
Concerns over government clamp down
Ethiopia is using last month's assassination of high-ranking officials as a pretext to arrest critics with no apparent links to the attacks, international and domestic rights activists have said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been praised for releasing political ...
Proposed parliamentary chamber scrapped
Court blocks extended inheritance
Red flags over surge in ethnic violence
Government blocks online betting firms
Department rejects paying ‘ghost pensions’
Security situation now critical – UN
Trade union official arrested in sting operation
Fake Facebook 'marriage' hits a nerve in Nigeria
Zuma lashes out at high-profile hearing
Moseneke addresses culture of ‘instant gratification’
Private donors ready to back cash-strapped NPA
Public Protector's alleged blunders exposed
Duduzane Zuma not guilty of culpable homicide
Power-sharing talks stall
Minister hints that missing journalist is dead
Magufuli urges women to have more children
Arrest warrant issued for popular MP
MDC lawmaker charged with treason
Former MDC lawmaker to serve on anti-graft body
'Irrational' extradition of Mozambique Minister on ice
SA Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has moved to stop former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang being extradited to his home country rather than the US to face fraud charges. He is seeking to overturn his predecessor Michael Masutha's last ...
World Bank blacklists South Sudan company
The World Bank has sanctioned a South Sudan construction and general trade company for 15 months over allegations of corruption relating to the Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project. The East African reports that the $33m project that landed the ...
R1.3bn forked out in Steinhoff advisory fees
Steinhoff International forked out another R1.3bn in advisory fees as it continued to repair the damage caused by a massive accounting fraud that unfolded in December 2017. A Business Day report says the third set of financial statements to ...
Eritrean acquitted in trafficking case
Settlement bid in Greek beach race case
EFF pro bono team to defend Zindzi Mandela
Red faces over ‘tone-deaf’ Africa ad
Lifeline for abandoned Kenyan bride
Nigerian sex worker ring snared
Ethiopia to send up to 200 000 workers to UAE
Include African law to 'decolonise' LLB degree
‘As calls for the decolonisation of law grow louder and the country’s LLB curriculums fall under heightened scrutiny, the SA legal academy would do well to acknowledge that without a deliberate effort made to include African conceptions of law in ...
New barometer reveals extent of bribery in Africa
The new Global Corruption Barometer released by Transparency International and Afrobarometer, reveals that more than one in four people who accessed public services during the previous year had to pay a bribe. A majority of citizens surveyed in 35 African ...
Money laundering threat addressed
Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) Secretary Eliawony Kisanga believes the best way to curb money launderers and groups which finance terror networks is to disrupt their ability to raise, move and access money. Addressing a conference on ...
Glaring West African wealth inequality flagged
Death of Law Society communications manager
Nearly 100 000 asylum seekers allowed to stay
Eliminating the high cost of inter-Africa trading
Traditional healers back delay to ‘Eurocentric' laws
SA traditional healers face a new delay in their long-running campaign to be formally recognised as health practitioners, says a Sunday Times report. The Traditional Health Practitioners Act of 2004, which is meant to set up a statutory regulatory body ...
DA’s Bill seeks to break Eskom monopoly
The DA is forging ahead with its plan to introduce a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to break the monopoly of power utility Eskom. An IoL report says a notice has been published in the Government Gazette in which the ...
Why Jammeh is likely to evade prosecution
A political analyst believes that pursuing legal action against former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will be very difficult, if not impossible. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the ousted leader who now lives in Equatorial Guinea is facing fresh claims ...
A Matter of Justice
Judges miss chance to condemn 'barbaric' custom
Three women judges of Zambia' Court of Appeal have dismissed a young man's appeal against his sentence of 30 years' imprisonment with hard labour for violently raping his 12-year-old cousin three times. The accused maintained he took the girl ...
Quotes of the Week
'It's patently clear that ther
‘Mr Chang is alleged to be part of a sophisticated criminal enterprise that engaged in financial crimes designed to defraud both the Mozambican people and international investors – an enterprise that we continue to believe the US justice system is ...
The Mourning Bird
The Mourning Bird
By Mubanga Kalimamukwento
When 11-year-old Chimuka and her younger brother, Ali, find themselves orphaned in the 1990s, it’s clear that their seemingly ordinary Zambian family is brimming with secrets, from HIV/AIDS, infidelity, to suicide ...