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17 October 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Net closes on Zuma and his allies

Two extraordinary, intertwined developments over the past week have sent ripples through South Africa’s judiciary and around the world. Legalbrief reports that former President Jacob Zuma’s notorious Stalingrad strategy finally fizzled out with a damning court ruling, and, at the ... Read More

Regional News

PM warns protestors

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has warned that his government would not allow protesters to spread 'chaos' after small rallies erupted against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last month. The rare protests broke out in defiance of a ban on demonstrations ... Read More

Prominent activist tortured – family

A leading Egyptian activist who was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests has been beaten, threatened and stripped in custody, according to his family. A report on the Al Jazeera site notes that Mona Seif said her brother ... Read More

Zwede moves to liberalise telecoms industry

Ethiopia's President Sahle-work Zewde has given much-awaited details of moves to liberalise the telecoms industry, saying two private firms would be given licenses to operate in the sector before the end of July 2020. BBC News reports that state ... Read More

Africa International

Fifa suspends Ugandan football official

Uganda Football Association president Moses Magogo has been suspended for two months and fined $10 000 for his role in the resale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Opposition MP Allan Ssewanyana filed a case with Fifa ... Read More

US cleric arrested in Rwanda

Rwandan police have arrested a controversial US pastor who was planning to conduct a news conference in Kigali. Police said evangelist Gregg Schoof was arrested for holding an ‘illegal meeting'. Schoof has criticised the government for shutting down his Amazing ... Read More


Ban on refugees’ marriages unconstitutional – SCA

Three years after he popped the question, a Nigerian pastor will finally be able to marry his SA sweetheart, after the SCA ruled that the Department of Home Affairs’ ban on asylum seekers’ marriages is unconstitutional. A Daily Dispatch report ... Read More

Zimbabwe mine attempts to recoup stolen funds

Zimbabwe's Mimosa Mine, a joint venture between Mauritius-based Aquarius Platinum and SA's Impala Platinum, is battling to recover about US$700 000 from employees found guilty of defrauding the company. The Sunday Times reports that the firm fired ... Read More

African expats seek passage out of SA

African immigrants last week descended on the UN High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) office in Cape Town, trying to convince officials that they need safe passage out of SA. ‘The xenophobia has become so bad. We can't live our ... Read More


Bill targets sexual harassment

The Nigerian senate has introduced a Bill that aims to prevent the sexual harassment of university students. The proposed legislation follows a BBC investigation that uncovered alleged sexual misconduct by lecturers. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the year-long investigation ... Read More

Calls for Bills to be signed

Calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign the correlated Performers Protection Amendment Bill and Copyright Amendment Bill have intensified since Igazi actress Vatiswa Ndara’s scathing open letter to Minister Nathi Mthethwa. A Weekend Post report says the lengthy letter – ... Read More

Time for legal regulation of drugs, say experts

The war on drugs has done more harm than good and must be replaced by legal regulation, say eminent doctors at the helm of a new think-tank. University of Cape Town (UCT) emeritus professors of medicine Dan Ncayiyana and JP ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Very strange bedfellows....

It somehow seems like Donald Trump and his White House loyalists have been closely studying Jacob Zuma’s post-Presidency political life. In a Daily Maverick analysis, J Brooks Spector notes that Zuma’s ‘Stalingrad Strategy’as simple in theory, but devious and intricately ... Read More

Growing concerns over ‘sextortion’ cases

Catherine Mazorodze, a farmworker in Zimbabwe's Manicaland province, recently jumped at the opportunity to secure a small plot of land of her own – distributed by the leaders of her village – but soon realised there was a price ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Go to jail – but for how long?

Woe betide Kenyan government officials who disobey the court and ignore orders to pay the bills of the legal firms that have done work for them. In this case, the bill was due from 1 January 2014 and had been ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘I am so humbled and thrilled ... thank you very much. It is a prize given to Africa, given to Ethiopia, and I can imagine how the rest of Africa’s leaders will take it positively to work on the peace-building process ... Read More

Book Review

Class Action: In pursuit of a larger life

Class Action: In pursuit of a larger life   By Charles Abrahams Penguin. $22  Charles Abrahams is a world-class lawyer who sued multinationals for colluding with the apartheid government, but at 12 he was determined to become a world-famous surgeon. Then ... Read More