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15 April 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Judiciary on the ropes over Zuma crises

Three years after former President Jacob Zuma was shown the door by his own party, he remains in the spotlight as government and the judiciary battle to contain the many fires he has sparked. Legalbrief reports that the next few ... Read More

Regional News

Students duped by bogus institutions

The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) has revealed that 341 students have been duped by bogus institutions over the past two years. This after 15 139 qualifications awarded by Namibian and foreign institutions were evaluated. ‘It is a challenge to keep ... Read More

Judicial workers strike shuts down Supreme Court

Nigerian judicial workers last week shut down the Supreme Court in Abuja, in line with their threat to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike to press for financial autonomy for the judiciary. The move is in defiance of the last ... Read More

Sperm donor dad seeking parental rights

A sperm donor, supported by his mother, is heading to the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) this week in the first part of their legal bid to have access to the child born to a couple with whom he entered a ... Read More

Africa International

Nervous breakdown delays sentencing of German pair

Convicted murderer and fraudster Kristina Adler broke down as sentencing proceedings were about to begin in the Eastern Cape High Court (Gqeberha) last week, bringing the protracted trial to a standstill. This, notes a report in The Herald, prompted state ... Read More

Interpol sting nets 195 suspects

Numerous people have been arrested for human trafficking offences following an international police operation that led to 500 victims being found – including many in Africa. Interpol said police in 24 countries including Kenya, Brazil and France, took part in ... Read More


Egypt and Uganda sign mega dam agreement

Uganda and Egypt have signed an agreement to share intelligence amid escalating tensions in the region over the building of a mega dam by Ethiopia on a tributary of the River Nile. BBC News reports that Egyptian military officer Sameh ... Read More

Ever Given barred from leaving Suez Canal

The Ever Given can't leave the Suez Canal until compensation is paid, port officials have confirmed. It is still unclear how much has to be paid, although it could be up to $1bn after it got stuck in the ... Read More

Concern over weak African custom controls

Many African countries have no ability to enforce customs agreements, and this could be a major hindrance to the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. That’s the view of secretary-general Wamkele Mene who says ‘the capacity ... Read More


Two-year target for cannabis 'master plan'

The possession and cultivation of cannabis for private use is expected to be passed into law in two years’ time, according to what a Moneyweb report terms a ‘master plan’. It says the legalisation of the private and commercial use ... Read More

Israel boycott law abolished

Sudan's Cabinet has approved a Bill abolishing a 1958 law on boycotting Israel. This after Khartoum and the Jewish state struck a deal to normalise ties. ‘The Council of Ministers approved a Bill repealing the 1958 boycott of Israel ... Read More

Concerns over new Internet law

Zambian President Edgar Lungu recently signed the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill into law. Its purported aim is to protect people from various forms of online abuse – but there are concerns it could also allow for blanket Internet ... Read More

Africa Analyses

How Jammeh weaponised the law

Gambia's Truth Commission is conducting a series of hearings with members of the judiciary, who tell how the former regime of Yahya Jammeh set up a system to control the judiciary. ‘There is no way the President on his ... Read More

Spotlight on Uganda’s abortion laws

US President Joe Biden last month reversed the so-called ‘Global Gag Rule’, a 2017 executive order by former President Donald Trump. The rule revived and expanded an older US policy forbidding NGOs that receive US funding from providing, or advocating ... Read More

Apartheid undertones to Zuma's attack on judiciary

Former President Jacob Zuma's repeated criticism of the judiciary harks back to the system under apartheid when the judiciary didn't have the power to review Acts of Parliament, but only to interpret the laws legislated by Parliament. News24 ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Judge recusal amid search for Kenya's CJ

The search for Kenya’s new Chief Justice has reached its semi-final stage with an intensive fortnight of interviews by the judicial service commission. But the battle over the future of the jurist leading the search, Kenya’s Acting Chief Justice (CJ ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘We cannot isolate (ourselves) as an island. We cannot accept everything from abroad, but we also cannot reject everything.’ – Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who announced plans to appoint a panel of experts to advise her on how ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

Sculptures returned

* The Church of England has offered to return two Benin Bronze sculptures to Nigeria. It says the artefacts were acquired as gifts from Nigerian institutions in the 1980s. The Church becomes one of a number of institutions intending to return ... Read More

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