Publish date: 07 October 2019
Issue Number: 844
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
‘It is a significant and historic day that reflects Somalia's progress in recent years, and another step forward in regularising US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognising the federal government of Somalia in 2013.’
– Donald Yamamoto, US ambassador to Somalia, after the US reopened its embassy in Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut
‘The recent acts of xenophobic attacks on our compatriots and other Africans in SA are shocking to me, Nigerians and indeed Africa. It was an embarrassment to the continent.'
– President Muhammadu Buhari
'I wasn’t approached directly. There was a middle person who I respect highly, who I believe came to me innocently, and that’s what makes it a bit challenging for me to disclose the details. It’s enough to say it was an American billionaire who made an offer through a particular structure to modernise the courts.'
– SA Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who said an American billionaire made a US$50m offer through 'a particular structure' for a court modernisation programme