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ANC secretary general, Mantashe, business leaders not happy with Pravin Gordhan sack

A key figure in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) joined business and political leaders in condemning President Jacob Zuma's late night decision to fire his finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle that has rocked South...

Zuma sacks South Africa finance minister Pravin Gordhan in shock cabinet reshuffle

South Africa's president has replaced his embattled finance minister in an expected move that had spooked investors this week and sent the currency tumbling. President Jacob Zuma's replacement of Pravin Gordhan, announced early Friday, comes as...

Malawi authority deploys military to protect fast-dwindling forests

Malawi’s government is trying a new way to protect its fast-dwindling forests: Sending in the army. With deforestation threatening the capital’s water supply, the government has launched 24-hour military patrols of the country’s major forests, with authorization to arrest...

South African police chief assures public of airport safety after heist

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said on Thursday that all measures will be taken to ensure the safety of South African airports. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has already embarked on a process to identify security shortcomings...

ICC ask South Africa to appear before it in April over Sudan’s Bashir

South African authorities have been asked to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 7 over the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir during a visit two years ago, a senior official said on Wednesday....

South Africa formally revokes international court withdrawal

South Africa on Tuesday formally revoked its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court after its High Court blocked the government's bid to pull out of the Hague-based war crimes tribunal. South Africa notified U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that because...

Lesotho King dissolves parliament, to set date elections

Lesotho's king has dissolved parliament and will shortly set an election date, the deputy prime minister said on Tuesday, days after Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a confidence vote in the assembly. Mosisili, in power for two years, has...

8 killed in stampede over food aid in Zambia

At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia's capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts, police said. Police have opened an inquiry into the deadly...

UN assesses human rights situation of the elderly in Namibia

United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte is currently on an official visit to assess the human rights situation of older persons in Namibia. A statement from the UN's Information Centre in Windhoek on Monday said the expert's visit...

Lesotho prime minister set to call election if he loses confidence vote

Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, is likely to lose a confidence vote in parliament this week and stands ready to call a snap election, according to a senior advisor, as the South African kingdom's economy slows and security deteriorates....
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Suspected grave vandal rescued after spending 2 days buried waist-deep in Soweto

A suspected grave vandal was rescued by the police in South Africa, after apparently spending two days buried up...
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Woman 62, to spend 35 years in jail for violent robbery

A 62-year-old female carjacker, will spend the next 35 years behind bars after being convicted of robbery with violence by a Law Court in...

Tanzania opposition CHADEMA names Tundu Lissu as presidential candidate

Tundu Lissu, a fierce critic of President Magufuli, clinched the nomination for the leading opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) party ahead of...

24,000 health workers in S. Africa have contracted coronavirus

Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March,...

After arrest, Zimbabwean novelist decries state “chokehold”

Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker arrested at recent protests accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Tuesday of holding its people in a repressive “chokehold”...