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South Africa: Violent protests spread over jailing of Jacob Zuma

– – The jailing of a former president is unprecedented in South Africa, which has been gripped by Zuma’s legal turmoil. Mr. Zuma has said that the apartheid government treated him better than the current one after he was last week found guilty of contempt of court. The verdict was delivered by the country’s constitutional court after he failed to appear and participate at the state capture inquiry. Mr. Zuma said going to jail without trial was something he fought against during the white-minority apartheid rule. “Sending me to jail…

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Mozambique: Inquiry confirms forced prostitution in prisons

– – An inquiry in Mozambique has confirmed reports of forced prostitution in a women’s prison. Last month Anti-corruption organisation the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP) revealed that female prisoners in the country were being forced into prostitution by staff of prison facilities. The group said for years prisoners from Ndlavela Women’s Penitentiary in the capital, Maputo, have been taken to nearby guest houses to work as prostitutes for wealthy clients. These details were revealed by investigative undercover journalists who also spoke to current and former inmates forced to have sex several…

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South Africa: Zuma says apartheid regime treated him better

– – Former South African president Jacob Zuma has said that the apartheid government treated him better than the current one. Mr. Zuma was last week found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment. The verdict was delivered by the country’s constitutional court after the ex-president failed to appear and participate at the state capture inquiry. He had until last Sunday to hand-over himself to authorities to be processed for prison but Mr. Zuma says he won’t do that. He told journalists that he had always…

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Bill Cosby freed from prison after court overturns his conviction

US comedian Bill Cosby has left prison hours after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. The judges said there had been a “process violation” by the prosecution, but admitted their ruling was unusual. Mr Cosby, 83, served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia. In 2018 he was found guilty of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand. Mr Cosby is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show and was once known…

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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. [embedded content] – – There are fears he can influence others to disregard courts, if his conduct is met with impunity, leading to significant damage to the rule of law. The former president is now expected to submit himself at Nkandla or Johannesburg Central within 5 calendar days for the station commander to…

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Mozambique’s female inmates forced into prostitution by prison staff

– – Female prisoners in Mozambique are being forced into prostitution by staff of prison facilities, according to Anti-corruption organisation the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP). The group said for years prisoners from Ndlavela Women’s Penitentiary in the capital, Maputo, have been taken to nearby guest houses to work as prostitutes for wealthy clients. These details were revealed by investigative undercover journalists who also spoke to current and former inmates forced to have sex several times a week. According to the victims refusing to comply results in beatings or punishment…

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Detention of 21 LGBT activists in Ghana sparks protests in U.S

– – There have been protests outside the Ghana Embassy in the United States of America over the continuous detention of some 21 LGBTQ activists in the West African country. If follows the latest decision of a court in Ghana’s Volta Region to deny them bail for the fourth time. The court also ordered that the suspects be put into prison custody until their next appearance. Julia Selman Ayetey, a lawyer for the defendants has told journalists that no justification was given for their continuous detention. Update on #ReleaseThe21 The…

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Uganda: Bobi Wine charged with annoying Museveni

Outspoken Ugandan MP and musician Bobi Wine has been charged with intending to annoy, alarm or ridicule President Yoweri Museveni. He is also charged with possessing fire arm. These charges add to an already charge of treason against him. If convicted, Wine could face life in prison. In 2018 Bobi Wine and his supporters were arrested for masterminding the hurling of stones at the presidential convey during. That alleged incident happened days before a by-election in the northern town of Arua. He was then reported to have been tortured while…

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