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23 July 2024 Africa Legal News Watch

Focus


Ruto on the ropes over economic turmoil

Kenya's Government last week ratcheted up its appeal for weeks of protests to stop and police tried to ban demonstrations in the heart of the capital Nairobi only to be overruled in court. However, Legalbrief reports that there are growing ... Read More

Regional News


Pro-reform MPs jailed

The sentencing in eSwatini of two former MPs to lengthy prison terms on charges of terrorism marks a significant escalation in the tensions between the monarchy and those advocating for democratic reform in the country a Voice of America report ... Read More

Supreme Court to hear LGBTQ matter

Ghana’s Supreme Court says it will hold off on an expected ruling on injunction applications that would have determined if Parliament could transmit the controversial anti-LGBTQ Bill to the President for signing. The Accra Times reports that the panel led ... Read More

Courts paralysed over lawyers’ strike

Courts in Guinea are paralysed after lawyers embarked on a nationwide strike to protest against the military regime carrying out ‘arbitrary arrests’ and ‘secret detentions’, the Bar association has said. The strike is the latest sign of growing outrage over ... Read More

Africa International


Bribery trial of ex-Mozambique Minister starts in US

Manuel Chang, the former Finance Minister in Mozambique, has gone on trial in the US over the so-called ‘tuna bond’ scandal which came to light in 2016. Africanews reports that Chang is charged with taking bribes to commit his country ... Read More

Pretoria hails World Court’s Israel findings

International Relations Minister Ronald Lamola has hailed the World Court opinion that Israel’s occupation of Palestine territories is illegal, saying it vindicated SA’s stance that Palestinians were being subjected to apartheid and meant Israel now has ‘nowhere to hide’. The ... Read More

General


Hundreds arrested in organised crime breakthrough

A global law enforcement operation targeting West African organised crime groups, including Black Axe, has led to hundreds of arrests, the seizure of assets worth $3m, and the dismantling of multiple criminal networks around the world. Operation Jackal III, which ... Read More

Apartheid-era atrocities unpacked in documentary

Between 1986 and 1989, Louis Van Schoor, a former police dog unit member and security guard, killed 39 people. His modus operandi involved responding to silent alarms at business premises, where he ‘hunted’ and shot suspects with his 9mm Parabellum ... Read More

SA firm embroiled in Zimbabwe graft scandal

Ren-Form, the Johannesburg-based firm at the centre of an ongoing corruption scandal in Zimbabwe, is also the supplier of voter management devices (VMDs) to South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). That’s according to the Daily Maverick which notes that the ... Read More

Legislation


FGM Bill rejected

Gambian lawmakers have rejected a Bill seeking to overturn a 2015 ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). Speaker of Parliament Fabakary Tombong Jatta said a majority of MPs had voted against the Bill even before its third and final reading ... Read More

Africa Analysis


Consent requirement in rape cases is discriminatory

‘If we want to see laws exercised without discrimination and if we want to see successful prosecutions of sexual offenders, then dismantling the requirement of consent in sexual offences is the correct avenue for achieving this outcome.’ Dr Sheena ... Read More

A Matter of Justice


THIS WEEK


THIS WEEK

22: Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang stands trial in the US over his role in a $2bn bond fraud scandal that embroiled Credit Suisse Group AG and created a financial crisis in the east African nation. Federal prosecutors allege ... Read More

BOOK REVIEW


PERSPECTIVES ON SECURITIES MARKETS AND THE LAW IN ZAMBIA

  PERSPECTIVES ON SECURITIES MARKETS AND THE LAW IN ZAMBIA   C Mulenga Publisher: Juta   Perspectives on Securities Markets and the Law in Zambia provides a thorough understanding of Zambia's securities market operations, regulatory framework and traded instruments. Through ... Read More

QUOTES


QUOTES

  ‘Thank God he wasn’t killed.’ – Rory Steyn, Nelson Mandela’s former chief bodyguard, on the assassination attempt of former US President Donald Trump   ‘We want to ask the Ford Foundation, the money that they are dishing out ... Read More

WORDS OF WISDOM


WORDS OF WISDOM

  Africa has become the big game of the nation hunters. Today, Africa looms as the greatest commercial, industrial and political prize in the world. – Marcus Garvey Read More

DID YOU KNOW?


DID YOU KNOW?

  By 1966, all but six African countries were independent nation-states. Funding from the Soviet Union and independent African states was integral to the success of Africa’s independence movements. Regions in Africa continue to fight for their political independence. Western Sahara, for instance, has been under ... Read More

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