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18 January 2022 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Deep divisions as senior Minister takes aim at Constitution

An attack on the Constitution and judiciary by a senior Cabinet Minister has sent shockwaves across the country and caused deep divisions within the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Legalbrief reports that Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu – the daughter of ... Read More

Regional News

Opposition lawmaker jailed

An Algiers court has sentenced an opposition figure to two years behind bars on charges of insulting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Fethi Ghares, co-ordinator of the Democratic and Social Movement Party, was arrested in late June. A report on the News24 ... Read More

Soldiers linked to coup plot

Eight Burkina Faso soldiers have been detained over an alleged plot to overthrow the government. This comes after President Roch Marc Christian Kabore replaced his entire Cabinet. A report on the News24 site notes that the country has endured a ... Read More

Police accused of torturing lawyer

Lesotho's Mounted Police Service (LMPS) stands accused of detaining and torturing a human rights lawyer after a client of his allegedly lied that he handed over an illegal firearm to the advocate for safekeeping. The client, a suspect linked ... Read More

Africa International

'Hot money' link to high-profile abduction case

Police now believe that the kidnapping of the Moti children may have been an act of revenge by an aggrieved party in a complex illicit money transfer deal that went wrong. Zia (15), Alaan (13), Zayyad (11) and Zidan Moti ... Read More

Ethiopia pulls support for its WHO boss

Ethiopia’s Government will not support the re-election of Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, its national, for his second term as DG of the World Health Organisation, as political differences in the country played out on the world stage. The Nation reports that ... Read More

‘No scientific basis for SA travel ban’

The UAE is aware that there is no scientific basis for its decision’ to maintain its travel ban on SA. That’s according to the Department of International Relations & Co-operation, which says it will continue to engage with the UAE ... Read More


WHO condemns attacks on Sudanese doctors

Dozens of Sudanese doctors have demonstrated in Khartoum to denounce attacks by security forces against medical personnel and doctors during pro-democracy rallies opposed to the October military coup. Carrying pictures of colleagues they say have been killed in the turmoil ... Read More

Nigeria lifts Twitter ban

Nigeria has lifted its ban on Twitter, seven months after clamping down on the social networking site. The social media platform was suspended last June after the company deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari about regional secessionists. BBC News ... Read More

SADC forces 'neutralised' insurgents – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who chairs SADC's defence and security council, said there had been 'significant progress' in tackling a militant insurgency in northern Mozambique. Addressing the SADC extraordinary summit in Lilongwe last week, he thanked the Standby Mission in ... Read More


'Anti-gay’ Bill fizzles out

A Bill introduced in Senegal's Parliament to toughen criminal penalties for homosexuals last week fell at the first hurdle and failed to progress to the assembly's main floor. Under existing laws, homosexuality is already punishable by up to ... Read More

New ‘DNA Act’ effective from 1 February

From next month law enforcement will be able to draw on the full crime-fighting might of forensic DNA, but some are concerned this new tool will overburden an already overworked SAPS. A Weekend Argus report says President Cyril Ramaphosa has ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Tanzanian court cements mortgage arrangements

The Tanzanian Court of Appeal has presented a judgment in relation to the right of financial institutions to claim the outstanding loan balance from borrowers after sale of the mortgaged properties. In a Lexology analysis, Brian Mambosho, Gerald Shita Nangi ... Read More

Why Africa needs to fend for itself

Global solidarity is a chimaera, democracy is amorphous and the rule-based international order is an ass. Well, at least as far as the continent of Africa, her people and their livelihoods are concerned. That’s the view of Tebogo Khaas who ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Another refugee victory thanks to legal shield

A would-be refugee from Ethiopia is just the first ‘illegal foreigner’ expected to benefit from a new decision by the Constitutional Court. Desta Abore did not immediately apply for refugee status when he arrived in SA as amendments to the ... Read More

Another refugee victory thanks to legal shield

A would-be refugee from Ethiopia is just the first ‘illegal foreigner’ expected to benefit from a new decision by the Constitutional Court. Desta Abore did not immediately apply for refugee status when he arrived in SA as amendments to the ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


'We must safeguard against any and all efforts to diminish our hard-won democracy – whether these efforts take the form of corruption in state owned enterprises, the subversion of our law enforcement agencies, the sabotage of our economic infrastructure, or ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

Former Malian leader dies

* Mali's former President Ibrahim Keita, who led the West African country from 2013 until he was ousted in a coup in 2020, died at the age of 76 in the capital Bamako yesterday. Looming over most of Keita's ... Read More

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