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South Africa’s top court bars Zuma from contesting election

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma cannot run in this month’s general elections after the country’s top court ruled to bar him. Zuma, who resigned as president in 2018, fell out with the governing African National Congress (ANC). He has been campaigning for a new party called uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) named after the ANC’s formed armed wing. Zuma was… Read More
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Ghana jails five separatists following death of their leader

Ghana has sentenced five members of a banned separatist group Western Togoland Restoration Front (WTRF) to five years imprisonment. Each of them would serve the five years in prison with hard labour, a court judgment said. They were arrested in 2020 for attacking a police station and freeing inmates. The separatists also blocked roads in an attempt to prevent people… Read More
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Woman to refund $80k for not marrying lover who paid her fees

For refusing to marry her lover who had sponsored her education, a woman has now been ordered to refund shillings 9.4 million (about $80,000). A court in Uganda gave the order for Fortunate Kyarikunda to refund the money when she backed out of marrying Richard Tumwine who had paid her school fees. Kyarikunda is also expected to pay legal costs… Read More
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Nigeria: Court rules against barring unmarried pregnant police officers

A Nigerian court has struck out a police regulation that bars unmarried female officers from getting pregnant. A judge ruled that the regulation, which calls for the dismissal of any unmarried officer who gets pregnant, was “discriminatory, illegal, null and void”. Last year a federal high court upheld the police force’s decision to sack an unmarried officer who fell pregnant… Read More
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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