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South Africa’s Zuma begins two-day official visit to Nigeria

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma begins a two-day state visit to Nigeria today, which observers see as an attempt to mend fences between the continent's largest economic powers. Nigeria President Mohammed Buhari and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma during...

Hope sky high for homemade Malawi helicopter

It has never taken off, and could well be a death trap, but a homemade helicopter built in Malawi is drawing crowds captivated by its creator's determination to succeed against all the odds. Felix Kambwiri, 45, has spent the...

South African family’s long battle for truth for apartheid victim

Nokuthula Simelane's university degree is still hanging on her mother's living-room wall. But the young anti-apartheid activist disappeared just weeks before her graduation ceremony in 1983.Thirty-three years later, the trial against her alleged killers has finally begun.The body of...

Expectations mount as BRICS New Development Bank set to open African branch

With the African branch of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) set to be opened later this month in Johannesburg, expectations are high for the NDB from all sectors in the country. The bank is launched by Brazil, Russia,...

Geoffrey Mwamba, Zambian opposition leader arrested over illegal militia

A leader of Zambia's official opposition party was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of conducting drills of party supporters to become an illegal militia, police said on Wednesday. Last week President Edgar Lungu accused political opponents of training a...

Jacob Zuma defeats no-confidence vote over economy

South African President Jacob Zuma survived his second no-confidence vote in a year on Tuesday, over what the main opposition Democratic Alliance party called his reckless handling of the economy. Zuma had the support of the African National Congress...

Angolan vice president implicated in Portugal bribery scandal

Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente has been directly implicated in a corruption probe in Portugal which triggered the arrest of a magistrate this week, a source told AFP Thursday. Public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, 54, is suspected of receiving a...

Three South Africa universities forced to close after violent protest

Violent demonstrations and arson attacks that burnt down campus buildings forced at least three South African universities to shut their doors on Thursday in a new wave of student protests. Universities have been a focus for unrest in recent...

South Africa’s Zuma to lead high-level visit to Burundi on peace mission

A high-level committee of five heads of state and government will visit Burundi to assist with addressing the political situation in the country, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. The committee was appointed during the recently held...

ANC official accuse U.S of interference in local politics

The U.S. government must clarify the "irregular activities" of some its diplomats in the country, a spokesman for South Africa's ruling party said Sunday. "There seems to be irregular activities coming from the U.S. Embassy," said Keith Khoza, spokesman...
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Group task Nigeria govt on accountability on Lassa fever, Coronavirus epidemics emergencies response

Emergency & Risk Alert Initiative (ERAI), a non-governmental Humanitarian and development organization has warned all levels of government in...
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Rwandan opposition figures jailed for 7-12 years for ‘conspiracy’

Six Rwandan opposition figures have been jailed for seven to 12 years after being convicted of forming an illegal armed group and conspiring against...

Guinea’s Conde poised for referendum date despite protests

Guinea's President Alpha Conde is set to hold a constitutional referendum next month, government sources said, despite protests led by an opposition alliance fearful...

Opposition radio station in Benin rep. sacks all staff after govt revoke license

A radio station in Benin belonging to an exiled opponent of President Patrice Talon has sacked all its staff after authorities stopped it from...

Estranged wife of Zimbabwe VP gains custody of their 3 children

Zimbabwe vice president Constantino Chiwenga's estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, gained custody of the couple's three children on Friday last week, as part of an...