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20 August 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

ICC fugitive gets his day in court

Thirty years after he swept into power in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, Omar al-Bashir has appeared in court in a country that is beginning to heal itself. Legalbrief reports that ... Read More

Regional News

Albino teen killed

A male albino has reportedly been killed and dismembered in Burundi. An albino rights group said the 15-year-old’s body was found late on Saturday. Kassim Kazungu, the head of Albinos Without Borders, said the victim was killed ‘atrociously’. The Independent ... Read More

Doctors arrested over death of WHO medic

Three Congolese doctors have been arrested in the DRC in connection with the killing of a WHO medic. Senior military prosecutor Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Baptiste Kumbu said Cameroonian doctor Richard Mouzoko was shot dead in April at a hospital in Butembo where ... Read More

Outrage over exhumation of body

Officials in western Kenya have exhumed the body of a local man to strip him of the uniform he was buried in. Martin Alukoye was buried in his full Kakamega County Youth Service uniform after drowning earlier this month. BBC ... Read More

Africa International

Nigerian football administrator addresses Fifa ban

Nigeria’s former national football coach Samson Siasia has called for calm over his life ban by Fifa on Friday. This followed a match-fixing probe by global football’s governing body. The Premium Times reports that he was also fined $60 000 ... Read More

UK company cleared to seize Nigerian assets

A British judge on Friday gave the green light for a small private firm to seize more than $9bn in assets from the Nigerian Government over a failed natural gas deal. The amount is the equivalent of one-fifth of the ... Read More

Nigerian lawmaker accosted in Germany

The former deputy president of Nigeria's Senate was attacked by a mob while attending a cultural event in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday. Ike Ekweremad said his assailants were members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a south-east secessionist ... Read More


Social media changing the face of African politics

In mid-July Chad lifted its 16-month social media ban. This ended the longest social media blockage seen in any African country. The government argued that the lengthy ban was necessary for security reasons. A Mail & Guardian report says the ... Read More


Surveillance Cameras Bill approved

Angola’s National Assembly has unanimously approved the Surveillance Cameras Bill which aims to aid the defence and security forces to identify criminals and ‘safeguard tranquillity and public security’. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the legal instrument which ... Read More

Maputo criminalises digital snooping

MPs in Mozambique have revised the country’s penal code to criminalise digital snooping. In effect, anyone who now gains access to phones, computers or other gadgets belonging to a third party without permission will face up to two years in ... Read More

Many petition against halting private adoption

More than 50 000 South Africans don’t want the government to pass the Children’s Act Amendment Bill, which could spell the end of private adoptions, says a Times Select report. Cape Town lawyer and children’s rights activist Debbie Wybrow has ... Read More

Africa Analyses

State complicity fuels xenophobic violence

State complicity is a key element in the xenophobic violence causal chain. It needs to be addressed if we want to to ensure that the rule of law prevails, says Wits University’s Dr Jean Pierre Misago. ‘Xenophobic violence,’ he ... Read More

Can SADC stop the region’s financial bleeding?

As another SADC summit looms, human rights defenders in the region, along with their allies around the world, can be forgiven for asking ‘what is the point?’ In a Daily Maverick analysis, Sunit Bagree notes that SADC’s performance on ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week


‘If each and every one of us, be it in the judiciary, in the executive and legislature, in the economic sector, in the media and academia, civil society were to be true to the responsibilities that we are charged with ... Read More

Book Review


Zephany   By Joanne Jowell Tafelberg. $20   It is every mother’s worst nightmare: Your newborn baby is kidnapped from the hospital shortly after birth. But how does it feel if you find out as a teenager that you are ... Read More

At a Glance

Ghana offers tax breaks

* Ghana will offer tax breaks of up to 10 years to automakers that set up local manufacturing plants, as the government seeks to attract international companies such as Volkswagen and Nissan. The companies last year agreed to set up auto-assembly ... Read More