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16 July 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

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 ... Read More

Regional News

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Africa International

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More


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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More


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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Africa Analysis

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Book Review

The Mourning Bird

The Mourning Bird By Mubanga Kalimamukwento Goodreads. $20 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 ... Read More