Publish date: 07 January 2019
Issue Number: 805
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
‘There are people who have indoctrinated the public with false numbers about this election. This has laid the groundwork for a popular uprising.’
– President Joseph Kabila’s diplomatic adviser Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi who said the DRC's national security council had decided it was ‘imperative’ to suspend Internet services to allow the electoral commission to finish counting and compiling votes.
‘Many of the leaders who were in charge of apartheid systems, some of whom killed my comrades, they were charged and they are quite a number of them. The state paid for their cases, not just small amounts, very huge amounts. But the very same state is saying to me, one among those who fought for this very democratic state, I must pay for myself. So apartheid killers, they must be defended by the state – fighters of the democratic country must pay for themselves.’
– Former President Jacob Zuma questioning the recent Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) ruling – which he is expected to appeal – ordering him to pay the state back all the money used defending corruption charges.
‘We are not going to let a radio station throw petrol on the flames at a time when we are waiting for the compilation of the provisional results.’
– DRC government spokesperson Lambert Mende confirming that the government had pulled accreditation for Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Florence Morice.
‘We go to the UNSC carrying an African mandate. The people of Africa have sent us to highlight their issues and to work with other nations to find solutions to their challenges. We are ready and our diplomats are ready.’ Sisulu said.
– International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. South Africa last week took up its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term. Sisulu said the issue of extremist groups operating on the continent will be high on the agenda.