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15 August 2020 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

ICC’s role in Africa sharply in focus

Eighteen years after the Rome Statute entered into force and the International Criminal Court (ICC) began functioning, it continues to face objections about its jurisdiction, accusations of bias, questioning over the fairness of its case-selection and trial procedures and doubts ... Read More

Regional News

Top graft buster side-lined

Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has cancelled the appointment of the Anti-Corruption Commission's chief of investigations just days after his promotion. Phelem Masule, a former police detective was promoted to his position from 1 August to replace Nelius Becker ... Read More

Anti-government protests continue

At least 60 people have been arrested at an anti-government protest in Nigeria's capital Abuja. BBC News reports that tensions have been simmering over the past year following President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election with many claiming his victory was not ... Read More

Musician fined for defying lockdown

Popular Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola has admitted he broke coronavirus lockdown rules when he travelled to the capital, Abuja, for a concert. The event was in June when all non-essential travel was banned to prevent the spread of the virus ... Read More

Africa International

Judgment reserved in sheep shipment case

Kuwaiti-based animal exporter Al Mawashi and its parent company, Livestock Transport and Trading Company (LTTC), are haemorrhaging R1m every day that the interdict prohibiting them from exporting 72 000 sheep from East London in SA to the Middle East remains ... Read More

Deep divisions over Namibian genocide

Descendants of the 1904-1908 genocide in Namibia say they remain united against Germany in their pursuit of reparations for the colonial-era crime. New Era reports that the Nama and Ovaherero traditional leaders have expressed unhappiness over the handling of the ... Read More

UN rapporteur weighs in on fighting GBV

The newly-appointed UN Special Rapporteur on health rights, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, said that a lack of funding for organisations fighting gender-based violence is the main factor undermining efforts to end the scourge in SA. Mofokeng said government needed to put ... Read More


Cool reception for SA envoys in Zimbabwe

Baleka Mbete and Sydney Mufamadi’s visit to Zimbabwe over the weekend was overshadowed by a public spat between the ANC and Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF over ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s reference to the Zimbabwe Government’s recent ‘brutality’. As previously reported ... Read More

UN flags extrajudicial deaths in West Africa

Almost 150 people were extrajudicially killed by Malian and Burkinabe security forces in Mali between April and June, the UN has noted. The quarterly report also flagged 50 extrajudicial killings in late May by Burkina Faso troops in the village ... Read More

Clampdown on cross border trade

Uganda is clamping down on informal cross border trade with Tanzania and the unregulated movement of people between the countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. People living in the Rakai District of Uganda and Missenyi in Tanzania tend ... Read More


Cairo criminalises bullying

The Egyptian Parliament has approved an amendment to the country's penal code to criminalise bullying. A report on the IoL site notes that Article 309 defines bullying as any show of strength or control by the offender, as well ... Read More

Libel law overturned

In most countries, libel or defamation is a civil rather than criminal offence. However, in Sierra Leone, libel has been punishable by a prison sentence since 1965. The Mail & Guardian reports that this law has been used to limit ... Read More

Petition addresses ‘child marriage’ Bill

Somalian activists have started a petition urging Parliament to reject proposed legislation that could allow child and forced marriages. The petition, which has received 6 000 signatures, says the Intercourse Bill contravenes the country’s Constitution and international conventions ‘and will ... Read More

Africa Analysis

Counting the cost of a global pandemic

Global restrictions on travel have dealt a devastating blow to African nations which depend on tourists and their hard currency to support an industry that employs millions of people on the continent. In SA, listed hotel group Sun International announced ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Executive's moves to control judiciary put on ice

The Law Society of Kenya has succeeded in putting at least a temporary brake on the government’s plan to transfer the judiciary and a number of independent bodies to the direct control of the executive, writes Carmel Rickard in her ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘I am relieved and certainly I am feeling good about it. It is good because justice has been done, and people, especially occupying important positions like President of the Republic of South Africa and president of the ANC, should certainly ... Read More

Book Review

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa   By Paul Kenyon Head of Zeus. $15 The dictator who grew so rich on his country's cocoa crop that he built a 35-storey-high basilica in the jungles of the Ivory Coast. The ... Read More

At a Glance

Major oil spill reported

* A ship that ran aground off Mauritius leaking tonnes of oil into the ocean is cracking up, threatening an even greater ecological and economic disaster for the island nation. More than 1 000 tons of fuel has seeped from the ... Read More