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Zuma to Lead S. Africa Grant Reform After System’s Near Collapse

Zuma to Lead S. Africa Grant Reform After System’s Near Collapse

  South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will chair an inter-ministerial committee set up to ensure social grants are paid to recipients on time after the government was criticized for leading the system close to failure. The committee will consist of ministers including Pravin Gordhan, minister of finance, and Bathabile Dlamini, minister for social development, who […]

South African Court Extends Welfare Contract, Slams Government

South African Court Extends Welfare Contract, Slams Government

South Africa’s Constitutional Court ordered the nation’s welfare agency to extend Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc.’s contract to distribute grants to more than 17 million beneficiaries for a year to avoid a “potential catastrophe” and slammed the government’s handling of the matter. The ruling on Friday effectively ends the threat of an interruption to a signature […]

South Africa’s ANC Says Must End Corruption, Infighting To Curb Decline

South Africa’s ANC Says Must End Corruption, Infighting To Curb Decline

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) needs to end corruption and party divisions, and deliver on promises to tackle poverty if it is to halt a decline in voter support, a party policy document said on Sunday. The report was produced by the party leadership and comes as the ANC prepares to select a […]

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has offered to hold talks with opposition parties in an apparent bid to ease tensions over his contested re-election last year, but his main political rival swiftly rejected the call for dialogue. Responding to a presidency statement issued late on Friday, opposition leader Jean Ping branded the proposal for talks starting […]

Ex-South Sudan General Forms Rebel Group, Vows To Topple President Kiir

Ex-South Sudan General Forms Rebel Group, Vows To Topple President Kiir

A disaffected South Sudanese army general who quit his position last month announced on Monday that he had formed a new anti-government rebel group, underscoring mounting resistance to the rule of incumbent president Salva Kiir Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, formerly deputy head of logistics, resigned after he accused Kiir of turning the country’s military […]

Buhari’s Sick Leave Re-energizes Nigeria’s Presidency

Buhari’s Sick Leave Re-energizes Nigeria’s Presidency

When protesters marched on Nigeria’s presidential villa earlier this month to complain about a biting recession, they were not repelled by baton-wielding policemen, the usual fate for anyone arriving uninvited at the gate of the country’s power centre. Instead, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is standing in for the country’s sick leader, sent a vehicle […]

South African Police Disperse Anti-immigrant Protesters

South African Police Disperse Anti-immigrant Protesters

South African police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse rival marches by hundreds of citizens and non-nationals in the capital on Friday, following looting this week of stores believed to belong to immigrants. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused […]

South African Court Blocks Govt’s ICC Withdrawal Bid

South African Court Blocks Govt’s ICC Withdrawal Bid

South Africa’s High Court blocked the government’s attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, the latest blow to scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma from an assertive post-apartheid judicial system. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the government would press ahead with withdrawing from the Hague-based tribunal, noting that the ruling was based largely […]

Gaddafi Son’s Trial Unfair, Should Be Sent To ICC – UN

Gaddafi Son’s Trial Unfair, Should Be Sent To ICC – UN

The trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the ousted Libyan leader sentenced to death in absentia, did not meet international standards and he should face murder charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations said on Tuesday. Since his father’s toppling in 2011, Saif has been held in Zintan, a mountainous […]

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Says He Is People’s Choice For 2018 Election

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Says He Is People’s Choice For 2018 Election

Zimbabwe’s people and the ruling ZANU-PF party see no viable alternative candidate to President Robert Mugabe for general elections in 2018, state media quoted him as saying on Sunday. “They want me to stand for elections, they want me to stand for elections everywhere in the party … The majority of the people feel that […]