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25 March 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Boeing braces for massive lawsuits

Empty coffins representing the Ethiopian victims of last week's Ethiopia Airlines plane crash have been buried in Addis Ababa and Legalbrief reports that many questions remain unanswered. None of the bodies has yet been formally identified because of the ... Read More

Regional News

Bouteflika on the ropes as protests grow

Calls for the immediate resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika continue to grow despite him dropping his bid for a fifth term. The BBC's Mohamed Himeur in Algiers says says the country is experiencing the biggest protest in memory. Police ... Read More

Landmark gay rights test under way

The Botswana High Court (Gaborone) has started hearing an application seeking to decriminalise homosexuality, in what a Times Select report describes as a landmark case for Africa’s legal response to same-sex relationships. Botswana is touted as one of Africa’s most ... Read More

President pardons hundreds of political prisoners

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi has pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor Laurent Kabila. A report on the News24 site notes that Tshisekedi signed the decree, fulfilling a promise he made earlier this month to do ... Read More

Africa International

US blamed for blocking plastic pollution targets

Representatives of countries at the UN environment conference in Nairobi agreed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over the next decade, but the voluntary pledges fell far short of what was required, according to green groups. The Guardian reports that Norway ... Read More

Sudan secures vital funding

Sudan says it has signed agreements for $300m in loans from a regional monetary fund to help address a foreign currency crisis that has fuelled months of anti-government protests. The Finance Ministry secured a $230m loan from the Abu Dhabi-based ... Read More

SA musician claims hit single plagiarised

SA musician Daniel Baron is taking on international dance music superstar David Guetta with claims he plagiarised Baron’s 2016 hit single, Children of the Sun, says a Sunday Times report. Baron, who is signed to Universal Music, claims Guetta’s track ... Read More


Red faces over $35m border fence

Kenyan MPs have asked how a 10km wire fence built along the country's border with Somalia cost $35m. The government had originally promised to build a complex wall to run about 700km along the border. The Daily Nation reports ... Read More


Minister bids to stop processing of PIC Bill

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has written to the chair of the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP's) Select Committee on Finance to prevent the passage of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Amendment Bill, says a Business Day report. Treasury chief ... Read More

Prescription Act gets tougher on sexual offences

A draft Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Certain Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill released last Friday for comment includes tougher provisions in respect of ‘debt based on the commission of an alleged sexual offence’. It also seeks to extend the ... Read More

Africa Analysis

Racism clouds coverage of aircraft tragedy

Some of the media reporting around the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 have tended to repeat and reflect portrayals of the ‘dark continent’. In a Mail & Guardian analysis, Patrick Gathara notes that while Africans have previously flailed helplessly ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Protesting magistrates ordered to return to Bench

Two regional magistrates who felt they were being badly treated by the authorities over promotion and then recused themselves in protest, have now been ordered back to work by Namibia's top court. The magistrates stood down from several part-heard ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


'The court was in essence directing a prosecution against accused persons against the wish of the prosecution, without a complainant and a prosecutor.’ – Kenyan judge Luka Kimaru. The High Court acquitted British aristocrat Jack Marrian of smuggling cocaine ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

Salary hike

* Zimbabwe mining companies – which include units of Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Caledonia Mining – are to award a wage increase of just under 80% to mine workers, with the salary for the lowest-paid worker in the industry rising ... Read More