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23 May 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Major interest in Zuma's 'Stalingrad' case

After a lengthy legal battle which dramatically shaped post-apartheid SA's political landscape, former President Jacob Zuma appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court (Pietermaritzburg) today (Monday) at the start of a crucial legal battle to determine whether he will finally ... Read More

Regional News

Chief Justice targets government critics

Burundi’s Chief Justice has ordered the seizure of property belonging to jailed army officers and exiled opposition activists accused of supporting a supposed coup plot against President Pierre Nkurunziza. The order targets numerous government critics accused of spearheading a failed ... Read More

Social media platforms targeted

Social media services have been blocked in Eritrea, with people now sending messages via VPN. BBC News reports that the reason for the shutdown is unclear, but speculation is that the government has blocked social media platforms to prevent people ... Read More

Police targets criminal ‘hangouts’

Ethiopian police have arrested more than 600 people during a raid on bars in Addis Ababa. The police commander Getu Aragaw said the operation was an attempt to tackle rising crime. BBC News reports that they targeted 12 bars which ... Read More

Africa International

South Sudan fires ghost diplomats

South Sudan has sacked 40 of its overseas diplomats after they failed to show up for work. In a memo, the South Sudanese Foreign Ministry confirmed that the individuals had been on unauthorised leave for months or even years. BBC ... Read More

Somalian national faces US war crimes trial

A Somali national living in Virginia is facing a lawsuit accusing him of human rights abuses while he was a high-ranking officer during the brutal reign of former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Yusuf Abdi Ali is in the dock in ... Read More

South Africans injured in Egypt terror attack

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says there is no need to panic after an attack on a tourist bus injured seven South Africans in Egypt yesterday. Legalbrief reports that the explosion targeted the vehicle near the Giza ... Read More


SA mining firm defends $1.4bn DRC ‘gift’

How thin is the line between a gift and bribe? Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg describes a $1.4bn debt write-off as a ‘gift’ to the DRC Government, saying it’s the cost of doing business in a ‘poor’ country where the ... Read More


Paper on child sex out for comment

The SA Law Reform Commission has approved the publication of its discussion paper on sexual offences (pornography and children) for comment. The five topics considered in this paper deal with children accessing or being exposed to pornography; the creation and ... Read More

Tourism will be harmed by new Bill – Wesgro

Interested parties, including Wesgro and the Western Cape provincial government, have slammed the Tourism Amendment Bill, saying it could damage the sector in Cape Town. ‘The tourism sector in the Western Cape supports more than 300 000 jobs, contributing tens ... Read More

ICC withdrawal Bill loses its champion

While Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha is one of several Cabinet members absent from the list of political party representatives elected to serve in the National Assembly under SA’s sixth democratic Parliament (EWN), Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Marijuana urine tests flawed

‘An employee cannot be dismissed for being under the influence of dagga at work merely because a urine test detected traces of cannabis in his or her urine. Unless the employer can prove that the employee was under the influence ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

How a star liquidator fell from his perch

The fortunes of one of SA's most prominent and successful liquidators, Enver Motala, have suddenly and rapidly declined, with his business ethics and behaviour called into question. Now the SCA has made it clear: his 'disgraceful and dishonest' conduct ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘I want to tell you that it is not my wish to stay for long in this office. The people who have made me stay for long are those who have blocked peace in the country. Violence cannot bring about ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

CPO replaced

* Taxpayers in the Addis Ababa have started paying their taxes using an electronic payment order system, which replaces the paper-based Cash Payment Order (CPO). The Ministry of Revenues has fully operationalised the electronic payment order as part of its new ... Read More