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26 January 2020 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Damning leak implicates Isabel Dos Santos

The complex financial schemes that helped Africa’s richest woman amass a fortune at vast cost to the Angolan state can be revealed for the first time after a huge leak of confidential documents from her business empire. Isabel dos Santos ... Read More

Regional News

Authorities flag ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme

At least 17 people have been arrested in Bujumbura over a Ponzi scheme. Crowd1 made headlines in Burundi recently when it launched a scheme which offered participants dividends for recruiting new investors. Government spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye said a probe into ... Read More

Commission reveals more atrocities

More than 4 000 mass graves have been found in Burundi following an investigation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into conflicts since independence in 1962. The commission, set up in 2018 to address ethnic tensions, says it has identified ... Read More

Rapist husbands targeted

eSwatini is ramping up rights for married women, enforcing the charge of rape against offending husbands – a taboo in the conservative society. Last week, 34-year-old Nhlanhla Dlamini became the first man to be arrested and charged with rape for ... Read More

Africa International

World powers to curb Libyan weapon imports

Several foreign powers on Sunday signed a landmark agreement to limit external interference in the war in Libya and to push the country's warring factions towards a peaceful end to the fighting. Speaking to journalists after a much-anticipated summit ... Read More

Icelandic company plans to quit Namibia

The Icelandic company at the centre of the Fishrot bribery scandal said it plans to withdraw its businesses from Namibia. The company has been trying to sell its assets in Namibia, including a US27.6m vessel which it bought with ... Read More

Minister's 'second honeymoon' flagged

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams allegedly used thousands of rands of public money to fund her wedding anniversary celebrations in the US and Switzerland, taking her husband Thato Abrahams along without permission from President Cyril Ramaphosa. According to a Weekend Argus ... Read More


Weah critic detained in Sierra Leone

Liberian talk show host and outspoken critic of Liberia's President George Weah has been arrested in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. Henry Costa, the leader of a newly formed group of activists called the Council of Patriots, was arrested ... Read More

African banks targeted by notorious hacking group

Kaspersky security researchers have reported on thousands of notifications of attacks on major banks located in sub-Saharan Africa. The malware used in the attacks indicates that the actors are most likely to belong to the infamous Silence hacking group, responsible ... Read More

African leaders move to target illicit medication

After being infected with malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was on the mend when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor. However, the medication he received at a local clinic caused him to lose a ... Read More


Laws address ‘outside actors'

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Data Protection Bill following several years of debate and delays. The new law places restrictions on the collection and use of digital data by governments and private corporations and are similar to those ... Read More

Controversial firearms Bill not yet in Parliament

The draft amendment Bill to the Firearms Control Act – that allegedly removes the right to own a firearm for self-defence – has yet to reach Parliament. The Mercury reports the document – which repealed sections 13 and 14 of ... Read More

FF Plus warns against signing Copyright Bill

The FF Plus has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign the Copyright Amendment Bill, according to a statement on the Politicsweb site. The FF Plus believes trade agreements between SA and countries in Africa and elsewhere could be ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Qwelane ruling cornerstone of hate speech appeal

A hate speech ruling that went in favour of former columnist Jon Qwelane is at the centre of Afrikaner rights group AfriForum's 1928 SA flag appeal case. A Times Select report notes that last August, gratuitous displays of the ... Read More

Pushing the boundaries of transitional justice

In a keynote address during last month's regional launch of the UN Study on Children Deprived of Libertyat the University of Pretoria, former SA Constitutional Court justice Albie Sachs made a compelling case for the African conception of restorative ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Prisoners' victory opens door to rights-based suits

Two HIV+ prisoners held in the Lusaka Central Prison, Zambia, have won a case against the prison authorities that could have widespread repercussions for other prisoners and for rights-based litigation more broadly. They claimed their rights to life and to ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘We will not hesitate to

‘There is an orchestrated attack by the current government that is completely politically motivated; it’s completely unfounded. I can say my holdings are commercial, there are no proceeds from contracts or public contracts or money that has been deviated from ... Read More

Book Review


Exit! By Grizelda Grootboom Jacana. $15     Exit! is the harrowing true story of Grizelda Grootboom’s journey into and through prostitution. Many people justify prostitution on the basis of the prostituted person’s choice. Grizelda’s story reveals the shallow irrelevance ... Read More

At a Glance

Assets recovered

* Kenya’s Public Prosecutor Noordin Haji says the state has recovered stolen assets worth $20m from various corruption cases. However, that is just 1% of an estimated $2bn worth of public money that has been looted and no convictions have been ... Read More