Africa 

News24.com | ANALYSIS: Zuma’s desperate claims open new front in battle between ANC factions

The desperate claims by former president Jacob Zuma about a multi-decade plot to “remove” him from society and the infiltration of spies in the ANC has opened a new front in the internecine battle inside the governing party. On Monday Zuma – without providing evidence in the form of corroborating events, dates, documents or affidavits – alleged that three intelligence agencies were responsible for running a campaign against him for almost 30 years. The same agencies (two foreign, one local) parachuted collaborators into the ANC, with some even being “nurtured”…

Read More
Africa 

Uganda: case closes in activist Nyanzi trial

The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala has closed the defence in the case of Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi, charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication on social media, deemed critical of President Yoweri Museveni. Gladys Kamasanyu, closed the case on Tuesday after the defence failed to produce witnesses. “She (Stella Nyanzi) voluntarily waived her own right to call witnesses and this court therefore considers that the accused does not have to call witnesses in her defence. And since the accused has chosen this choice, this court has no choice but…

Read More
OP-ED Opinions 

Sanwo-Olu’s Lagos And The Menace Of Suicidal Nigerians Who Refuse To Use Pedestrian Bridges By Samuel Nwite

A foreigner could have wondered what was going on as men and women lined up on the corridor of Ikorodu road, Ojota Lagos, waving at speeding vehicles to slow down.  They stood like people on a marathon set, waving, until a driver on the first lane played the Good Samaritan and slowed down and they raced onto the road not paying attention to the car on speed on the second lane.  Onlookers were yelling until the tyres screeched to a halt. It was close, but thankfully, no casualty.  They crossed,…

Read More
Europe 

Human cost of Ukraine conflict is growing, Security Council told

DiCarlo’s briefing to the Council was delivered just days before Ukrainians vote in parliamentary elections on July 21. The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs expressed her hope that the poll will be “peaceful and democratic”, and inclusive, reflecting the “broadest participation of women”. However, the current political transition takes place against the backdrop of ongoing conflict in the eastern Donbas region of the country, said Ms. DiCarlo, posing serious daily challenges for those who live in the area. Despite some progress by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine –…

Read More
OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Cape Flats Gangland: Come with me down paradise road

2019-07-16 19:12 “Come with me down paradise road This way please, I’ll carry your load…  “There are better days before us And a burning bridge behind, fire smokin’ the sky is blazing, There’s a woman waiting weeping And a young man nearly beaten all for love. Paradise was almost closin’ down…” Growing up on the Cape Flats, this song recorded by South African group Joy in 1979 at the height of apartheid, was a firm favourite at make-shift parties my mom would have in the separate entrance we lived in,…

Read More
Africa 

South Africans mourn ex-footballer shot dead in Johannesburg

Social media users are reacting to the killing of a former South African footballer, Mark Batchelor, on Monday evening near his home in Johannesburg. A police spokesman confirmed to local media outlets that the incident is likely a case of a professional hit adding that a murder case was being investigated. Batchelor played for some of the country’s top clubs including Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. He also played for the senior national team, the Bafana Bafana at a point in his career. “He was shot through the window several…

Read More
Development Health Advice 

‘Greater urgency’ needed in fight against HIV/AIDS, warns UN agency, amidst $1 billion investment cuts

Ending AIDS is possible if we focus on people, not diseases Gunilla Carlsson, acting Executive Director of UNAIDS The news comes in a new UNAIDS report, Communities at the centre, launched on Tuesday at a community event in Eshowe, South Africa, which also shows that the global resources available for the AIDS response have declined “significantly”, by nearly $1 billion. The gap between the resources needed and those available is widening, as donors provide less funding, and domestic investments grow too slowly to compensate for inflation. UNAIDS estimates that some…

Read More
Africa 

Ebola emergency meeting to go ahead as UNICEF warns of higher risk to very youngest children

Speaking in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that “there have been 750 infections among children. This represents 31 per cent of total cases, compared with about 20 per cent in previous outbreaks…The latest data I have is that the case fatality ratio for that under-five group was 77 per cent.”  To date, there have been more than 2,500 cases of infection and nearly 1,670 people have died in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, according to WHO, making it the worst outbreak the country has ever faced and the second largest epidemic on record.  Highlighting the vulnerability of the very youngest children, Ms.…

Read More
Africa 

Zimbabwe public workers threaten strike over wages

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s public workers on Tuesday said they would go on strike if the government failed to increase their wages to at least $475 per month for the lowest paid employee, as resurgent inflation returned. Official figures published on Monday showed annual inflation almost doubled to 175.66% in June, piling pressure on a population struggling with shortages and stirring memories of the economic chaos of a decade ago. Hope that the economy would quickly rebound under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced the long-ruling Robert Mugabe after a November…

Read More