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20 November 2019 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Hain takes aim at Zuma

A new chapter was today added to the extraordinary story of a former anti-apartheid activist who returned to SA with guns blazing and aimed squarely at former President Jacob Zuma. Legalbrief reports that Lord Peter Hain’s dramatic childhood in SA ... Read More

Regional News

Protesters reject ‘offspring of the system’

Demonstrators thronged the streets of the Algerian capital on Friday to renew their opposition to a presidential election they say will keep in power a political elite rejected by the people. The protest occurred ahead of today’s start of campaigning ... Read More

'Terrorists’ killed in army raids

Burkina Faso’s army says it has killed 32 armed ‘terrorists’ during two operations in the north of the country. It said the first raid resulted in the freeing of many women who were being kept as sex slaves in a ... Read More

Soldiers deployed to campuses

Ethiopian authorities say they have detained people suspected of inciting ethnic violence at a university campus which led to the death of three students. Higher Education Minister Samuel Kifle did not give the number of those arrested, but said there ... Read More

Africa International

Ugandan lawmaker makes TIME's top 100 list

Ugandan MP Robert Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, has made the inaugural TIME 100 Next list which recognises individuals who are revolutionising their respective fields and industries. Six Africans were selected. The magazine noted that Ssentamu, who is well-known ... Read More

US court seeks Libyan general

An arrest warrant for Libya’s renegade General Khalifa Haftar has been issued by a US court on the basis that the general, who has dual US and Libyan nationality, bears responsibility for the indiscriminate shelling of civilians in Tripoli. The ... Read More

ACP parliamentary network promoted

Lawmakers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries who convened in Kigali this weekend have pushed for a strong Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) parliamentary network and emphasised the need for their European counterparts to respect the dignity of Africa. The ... Read More


SA's hands tied on refugees – Deputy Minister

SA cannot force any country to accept refugees and asylum seekers, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Njabulo Nzuza said as tensions rose among two groups of foreign nationals demanding evacuation from SA, notes News24. ‘SA cannot impose on Canada that there ... Read More

Namibia pledges to extend SA visas

Namibian President Hage Geingob on Friday said SA businesspeople working in Namibia would soon be able to get five-year working visas in the country. Addressing the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Geingob said he had received complaints about the ... Read More

Motsepe-Radebe addresses Botswana scandal

Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe has said three SA banks have confirmed she was not a signatory on bank accounts allegedly set up for illicit money flows to effect regime change in Botswana. Legalbrief reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa's sister-in-law was implicated ... Read More


Bill targets dishonest civil servants

Government officials convicted of stealing public funds risk being blocked from holding public offices should a proposed amendment to Kenya’s Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (Aceca) become law. The Nation reports that the amendment which was proposed by MP Silas ... Read More

Concerns over hate speech Bill

The Nigerian Senate has reintroduced a Bill which will impose the death penalty on anybody found guilty of hate speech which has fatal consequences. The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate Abdullahi Sabi has sponsored the National Commission For the ... Read More

Reserve Bank nationalisation Bill back on the table

While President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a drive to attract investors, the controversial Bill to nationalise the central bank which caused jitters when first unveiled a year ago has been revived. EWN reports that the Bill has been referred back ... Read More

Africa Analysis

Investment conference ‘speed dating on steroids’

Just do it. The phrase, uttered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the Africa Investment Forum in Sandton last week, became something of a mantra as delegates met to discuss deals in Africa. Kagame was lamenting on an entrenched problem ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

The power of the law to challenge injustice

One of Namibia's senior judges, David Smuts, of that country's Supreme Court, has just published a book on his work during the 1980s when Namibia was still virtually a province of SA. At that time, Smuts was a ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘Rebels broke my womb.’ – DRC teenager Amina Kazera recounting how she was abducted from her village several years ago   ‘One doesn’t expect violence to break out at a sanctuary, but when I put on my psychology hat ... Read More

At a Glance

Tax hurdle

* There have been no marriages in a village in Nigeria’s Kano state after the local chief imposed a wedding tax. Ado Sa'id wants grooms to pay $377 instead of the current custom of presenting gifts to the bride's ... Read More