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Publish date: 13 May 2024
Issue Number: 1076
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general


‘I think that the language is intemperate, a lot of the paragraphs contain language that is inappropriate, scandalous, so I want to give you directions.’

– Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, addressing Ghana's Supreme Court. She said lawyers battling over the legality of one of Africa's most restrictive anti-LGBTQ Bills must amend their motions due to insulting language in their submissions before resuming the case.


‘As of now, we do not know the reasons for the discontinuance, suffice to say only Parliament has the mandate to know.’

– Lawyer Khumbo Soko, after the decision to drop graft charges against Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima. He was detained in November 2022 on allegations that he accepted funds to influence the awarding of contracts to Xaviar Ltd and Malachitte FZE, two companies linked to UK businessman Zuneth Sattar.


‘The burning of the national flag in a political advertisement is treasonous. Our country's flag is a sacred symbol in our national life. It is despicable for a political party to destroy a symbol of our unity and existence as a nation. It is a deeply despicable political act, particularly egregious during an election campaign. It signals a willingness to destroy the very fabric of South Africa.’

– President Cyril Ramaphosa, who condemned the DA’s election advertisement, which depicts the burning of the national flag

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