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At least 45 killed in pro-Zuma violent protests in South Africa

– – At least 45 people have been killed amid the violent protests taking place in some provinces in South Africa over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The protests mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have led to looting and destruction of some property. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura said on Tuesday that 19 people had died in the province since the start of the violence. 10 of those deaths were due to a stampede at the Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal, the Premier…

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South Africa: Military deployed amid deadly unrest over Zuma’s jailing

Soldiers have been deployed to areas in South Africa where deadly protests have continued to take place over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The government is hoping the soldiers can quell the deadly unrest that sparked looting of shops and setting of buildings on fire on Monday. At least six people have been killed and 200 arrested since the unrest began last week. This is the first time such pro-Zuma protests are taking place on the streets after the former leader was processed for prison last Wednesday. He…

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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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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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South African judge wants ex-president Zuma jailed

– – A official inquiry into “state capture” in South Africa will be filing papers against ex-President Jacob Zuma for once more defying a court summons, its chairman says. Mr Zuma failed to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s commission despite the Constitutional Court ruling that he was compelled to do so. Allegations that Mr Zuma presided over a wide-ranging network of corruption while president are the focus of the inquiry. It is alleged that his allies used their close relationship to him to win lucrative state contracts, and…

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South Africa: Zuma’s relative shot dead by ‘jealous’ lover

Police in Johannesburg in South Africa have arrested a 33-year old man who shot and killed his lover. The deceased, Silindile Zuma, 30, was shot twice in the face by the suspect Mbuzeleni Mpungose when she told him she wanted to end their relationship. Silindile Zuma was a relative of former South African president Jacob Zuma. According to police Mpungose allegedly went on the run after the July 8 killing of Silindile Zuma. He was however arrested after he was tracked to his hideout this month. Zuma and Mpungose were…

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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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