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Zimbabwean author Dangarembga convicted over placard protest

Renowned Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has been convicted of inciting violence after carrying a placard that called for political reform. She paid a fine of about $110 to avoid serving a three-month jail term. She was convicted along with a friend Julie Barnes. The two women had walked along a road in the capital, Harare, two years ago, holding placards… Read More
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SA woman who spent almost $1m she got in error jailed

– – A South African woman has been jailed for five years by a court for spending almost $1 million (14 million rands) credited to her bank account in error. Sibongile Mani got 14 million rands instead of 1,400 rands she was entitled to in 2017. The money had come from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) through a… Read More
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South Africa: Alleged parliament arsonist appears in court

– – A man suspected of setting ablaze South Africa’s parliament complex last Sunday has appeared in court. On Tuesday the Cape Town Magistrates Court charged the 49-year old, for arson and then adjourned hearing to January 11. National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila told journalists on Tuesday that the suspect named as Zandile Christmas Mafe was also found with… Read More
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Ghana: Court dismisses case against 21 LGBTQ+ rights activists

– – A Court in Ghana has dismissed a case brought against 21 LGBTQ+ rights activists arrested for attending a meeting in the country’s Volta regional town of Ho. The 16 women and 5 men were attending a paralegal training at a hotel when they were arrested on May 20, 2021 for “unlawful assembly”. That paralegal training session was being… Read More
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South Africa: Ex-president Jacob Zuma jailed for 15 months

The inquiry headed by Justice Raymond Zondo then asked the Constitutional Court to intervene. The court said Zuma is not an ordinary litigant and since he is a former president, he wields a lot of political power. – – There are fears he can influence others to disregard courts, if his conduct is met with impunity, leading to… Read More
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Ghana: Actress jailed for posting her nudes released on bail

– – A Ghanaian High Court has granted bail to convicted actress Rosemond Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo. She was sentenced to a 90 day imprisonment last week for circulating a nude photograph she took with her 7-year-old son last year. There has been massive social media campaigns for the actress to be pardoned. Ahead of her transfer to… Read More
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Ghana: Academics upset as judges question lecturer for not wearing suit

– – Some academics in Ghana are upset over a development that took place in the country’s Supreme Court hearing a petition against the conduct of the December 7, 2020 presidential election. After the cross examination of the second witness for the petitioner, the ex-president John Mahama, some of the judges at the apex court questioned Dr. Kpesa Whyte who… Read More
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Malawi’s top court suspends wearing of wigs and gowns

Soaring temperature levels in Malawi has forced the country’s constitutional court to suspend the wearing of traditional white wigs and black robes in the courtroom. Malawi is among several African countries that continue to hold on to a practice of lawyers and judges wearing white wigs and black robes in the courtroom. But heatwave has been sweeping through Malawi, according to… Read More
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The Moroccan journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

A Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni has been jailed for a year by a court for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage, Al Jazeera reported. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were… Read More
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South Africa: Top court rules against spanking children

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that smacking children amounts to abusing their rights. It said the use of corporal punishment at home violates children’s rights. The court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to resort to “reasonable and moderate chastisement” of children as a form of physical discipline. The ruling was arrived at after an earlier High Court ruled… Read More