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25 February 2020 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Thabane seeks immunity in murder case

‘I have served my country diligently. I’ve worked for a peaceful and stable Lesotho. Today, at my age, I have lost most of my energy. I hereby retire as Prime Minister with effect from the end of July.’ – ... Read More

Regional News

Dos Santos admits transferring state funds abroad

Angola's ex-President has defended his son and a former Central Bank Governor who are accused of embezzling $500m from the country's sovereign wealth fund, court documents have revealed. Jose Eduardo dos Santos' family is in the spotlight after ... Read More

Another killer executed

Botswana has hanged a 29-year-old convict despite mounting calls by rights groups to abolish the death penalty. Mmika Mpe was the second convict to be executed since President Mokgweetsi Masisi took office in October. A report on the EWN site ... Read More

'Grime’ singers banned

Egypt's union for musicians has issued a ban against local grime singers, claiming that it is protecting the public. The music, known as mahraganat, has become popular among the poor in Egypt with its working class performers attracting millions ... Read More

Africa International

'Priceless' crown returned to Ethiopia

The Dutch Government last week returned a stolen ceremonial crown to the Ethiopian Government. The 18th-century crown, which has great religious significance, went missing from a church in Ethiopia 21 years ago. Sirak Asfaw, a Dutch national of Ethiopian origin ... Read More

Dutch war criminal beyond law's reach in SA

A war criminal has found a safe haven in SA, the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court ruled on Friday. Magistrate Ingrid Arntsen said it was with ‘great regret’ she had decided that Dutch arms dealer Augustinus Kouwenhoven could not be extradited ... Read More

EU suspends Grace Mugabe sanctions

The EU has suspended targeted sanctions against former first lady Grace Mugabe, but has retained an arms embargo and targeted asset freeze against the country’s state munitions firm. It said a lack of substantial reforms by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government ... Read More


Businessman gets bail in customs fraud case

Zimbabwean businessman Genius Kadungure, detained on fraud charges relating to the declaration of the luxury vehicle he imported from SA, has been granted bail. A report on the IoL site notes that Kadungure, who is based in Johannesburg, purchased the ... Read More

Academics suspended over damning documentary

Two Ghanaian university lecturers have been suspended without pay after a BBC investigation reported they had sexually harassed undercover reporters posing as students. The University of Ghana has suspended Ransford Gyampo for six months and Paul Butakor for four months ... Read More


MPs reject election amendment Bill

Malawi lawmakers have rejected a Bill that would have meant a President could only be re-elected after securing at least 50% of the ballot, dismissing a landmark order by the country's top court. In its historic ruling, earlier this ... Read More

Court urged to dump law that 'violates free speech'

The EFF has urged the Constitutional Court to uphold a High Court ruling that a section of the Riotous Assemblies Act is unconstitutional. According to a TimesLIVE report, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, counsel for EFF leader Julius Malema, submitted that the Act ... Read More

ConCourt mulls law changes on citizenship

The Constitutional Court is mulling changes to legislation introduced in 2013 which four individuals say stripped them – and several others – of their entitlement to SA citizenship overnight, according to a report in The Citizen. Yamikani Vusi Chisuse, Martin ... Read More

Africa Analyses

The delicate balancing act over Al-Bashir

At the peak of the Darfur crisis in the mid 2000s, a cloud of fear hung heavy in many of the camps for internally displaced people. Reports emerged of women being raped or killed by the Janjaweed militia lurking outside ... Read More

The unrepentant face of white South Africans

For FW de Klerk, political reforms and reconciliation was never about moral intention, but always about political strategy. That’s the view of acclaimed author Antjie Krog who argues that the Nobel Laureate has become the failed unrepentant face of white ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

'Fishrot' judge scathing of anti-graft unit

Top-ranking Namibians implicated in international corruption related to the country's lucrative fishing industry, have failed to have the search and seizure warrants issued against them set aside. The warrants, applied for by the anti-corruption commission, were issued in November ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘I've never been afraid

‘I've never been afraid of jail. If I am required to go, I will go. Even under the apartheid regime, I went to jail. The Boers, they charged me and I was arrested for 10 years and came out ... Read More

Book Review

Maverick Africans

Maverick Africans   By Hermann Giliomee NB Publishers. $16   Hermann Giliomee, pre-eminent SA historian, dissects the forces that shaped the Afrikaners into an unusual 'maverick African' nation. In part one of this collection, he analyses long-term forces, such as ... Read More