South Africa arrests hundreds over xenophobic violence

Police arrest more than 300 for crimes against migrants, after violence kills eight and displaces more than 1,000. South Africa’s government has vowed to crack down on xenophobic violence, after arresting more than 300 people for a range of crimes against migrants. Authorities said on Sunday in Johannesburg that 307 suspects had been arrested for a range of xenophobic-related crimes. Security agencies have also increased the police presence on the ground after at least eight deaths in anti-immigrant violence in the past week. “They have actually pushed other people to…

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SA heads for new DRC war

South Africa has 1000 troops in the DRC as part of the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which is tasked with “neutralising” threats to the region. File photoImage by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS   The government yesterday announced that a confrontation with Forces for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo was “inevitable”. Four thousand FDLR soldiers, many of whom were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, terrorise the eastern DRC. The looming fight comes after the FDLR ignored the UN’s January 2 disarmament deadline. Department of International Relations…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Extending the FDLR Disarmament Deadline Will Only Prolong the Agony

This week all eyes were to be on the joint summit between the South African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) that was proposed by South African President Jacob Zuma earlier this month, but this event has now been cancelled, apparently at the behest of Angola, which currently holds the presidency of the ICGLR. The main item on the agenda was to be the FDLR (the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) – the Rwandan Hutu rebel group which has been operating in…

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S.Africa, Rwanda agree to resolve diplomatic row

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame/FILE JOHANNESBURG, Mar 26 – Pretoria and Kigali have agreed to resolve a furious diplomatic row sparked by attacks on Rwandan dissidents exiled in Johannesburg, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday.   Speaking after meeting Tuesday in the Angolan capital Luanda with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, Zuma told public broadcaster SABC that the two leaders had “agreed to share some detailed information and deal with the issues”.The presence of many Rwandan dissidents in South Africa has long been a bone of contention between the two…

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The Paul Kagame Doctrine After 20 Years

African leaders have just concluded a mini summit in Luanda, Angola, to discuss the conflict in DRC and the diplomatic showdown between South Africa and Rwanda. It is reported, as usual, that a “Luanda Declaration” was signed, and President Zuma and President Kagame “agreed” to talk to “resolve” the impasse between their two countries.  The latest quarrel between South Africa and Rwanda is due to the assassination of Colonel Patrick Karegeya in South Africa on 31/12/2013 and another attempted assassination on General Kayumba Nyamwasa a couple of weeks ago. Is this…

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Kigali vs Pretoria-The Congolese Cold War

Over the last couple of months the Rwandan government has been aggressively pursuing alleged perpetuators of the brutal genocide that occurred in the 1990s. In this regard the Rwandan government has actively supported the assassination of political activists in exile in South Africa. The former intelligence Chief Patrick Karegeya was found murdered in a hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg at the beginning of the year. While the Rwandan government has denied any active involvement they have not hidden the fact that they support they supported the assassination. In response to these…

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Rwanda-SA diplomatic stand-off enters fifth day

Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/CHRIS JACKSON   THE US on Monday urged Rwanda to leave exiled opponents in peace as a diplomatic stand-off about attacks on Rwandese in South Africa went into a fifth day. South Africa’s cluster of security ministers was understood to have met for several hours on Monday to weigh a measured response to the virtual breakdown of relations with Rwanda. “Efforts to silence dissidents run counter to Rwanda’s democratic development,” said Jack Hillmeyer, the US embassy spokesman in Pretoria. “We urge the government of…

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South African opposition vow to impeach President Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s opposition have criticised President Zuma’s “good news” state of the nation address this week with some using the ongoing debate to call for his impeachment.

 

Zuma delivered the eagerly awaited address last week and opposition parties have been given the opportunity to raise issues that they feel were lacking from the speech.

with the election looming, some political leaders will blow plenty of hot air

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Numsa cuts political ties with ANC

(Photo: file, Sapa) Johannesburg – Numsa, South Africa’s biggest union, will not support the ruling ANC in elections next year, its general secretary, Irvin Jim said on Friday, in a blow to President Jacob Zuma, whose political support with the working class is fast eroding. The salvo from the 330 000-member National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is also another sign that an alliance forged with the African National Congress in the struggle against apartheid is falling apart. Numsa is the biggest bloc in the Cosatu labour grouping that is itself…

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