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Zuma’s Son to Face Court Charges

Zuma’s Son to Face Court Charges

  The son of South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma will appear in two separate court cases this week after returning to the country to attend his brother’s funeral, adding to the controversy around the former ruling family’s activities. Duduzane Zuma, 34, has been asked to appear in the Specialized Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg on […]

Zuma’s Prosecution Carries Peril for South African Ruling Party

Zuma’s Prosecution Carries Peril for South African Ruling Party

Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s prosecution for graft appears at first glance to be a victory for the anti-corruption campaign of the nation’s new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. Yet it also carries risks for his ruling African National Congress. Not only will a drawn-out trial be a constant reminder to voters that he was enmeshed […]

South African Court Dismisses Gigaba’s Appeal

South African Court Dismisses Gigaba’s Appeal

South Africa’s highest court dismissed an application by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to appeal against a High Court ruling that he lied under oath when testifying in a case filed by a company controlled by the billionaire Oppenheimer family.  Fireblade Aviation filed a lawsuit alleging Gigaba had reneged on a pledge to grant it […]

EFCC Rearraigns Fani-Kayode

EFCC Rearraigns Fani-Kayode

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rearraigned a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court. Mr. Fani-Kayode, who was part of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign, was rearraigned alongside Nenadi Usman, a former minister of state for finance on a 17-count charge of money laundering and […]

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 […]

Emotional Barry Steenkamp Says Pistorius Must Pay For Reeva’s Murder

Emotional Barry Steenkamp Says Pistorius Must Pay For Reeva’s Murder

The father of Reeva Steenkamp told a crowded courtroom on Tuesday that although he had forgiven Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of his daughter’s 2013 murder, the former athlete should pay for what he has done. In emotional testimony in the Gauteng high court in Pretoria on the second day of a sentencing hearing, Barry […]

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Barely two months after the government pronounced the ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, two suspects were yesterday indicted and remanded in custody for allegedly practising FGM. Sunkaru Darboe and Saffiatou Darboe were arraigned before principal magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, charged with conspiracy to commit felony, prohibition of […]

Africa’s Leaders Protect Each Other

Africa’s Leaders Protect Each Other

ON JANUARY 28th the Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo became the first former head of state to go on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Three days later the African Union (AU) resolved, among other rude comments about the court, to support Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir in his determination to ignore the […]