Southern Africa

Lesotho: PM Fails to Appear in Court Charged With Killing Wife

[DW] The prime minister of the tiny southern African nation of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane, did not show up to court to be charged with murdering his wife. Police said they will issue an arrest warrant if he cannot be found.Read More

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South Africa: How to Turn the Tide Against Country’s Crime Wave

[The Conversation Africa] In February last year South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that his government would pursue five fundamental goals over the next decade. One of these was particularly bold, namely thatRead More

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Zimbabwe: Thin Line Between Child Smuggling and Child Trafficking

[IPS] Elton Ndumiso*, a bus-conductor who works the route from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to neighbouring South Africa, sees it all the time: Zimbabwean women travelling with three or four children, who are clearly not their own kids, and taking them across the border.Read More

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Zimbabwe: Ti Gonzi, Ishan Shine At Star FM Awards

[The Herald] Rapper Ti Gonzi, real name Tinashe Gonzara, and afro-fusion star Ishan (Isheanesu Chigagura) had a night to remember at the second edition of the Star FM Music Awards last Saturday as the two scooped five awards.Read More

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South Africa: Joseph Shabalala Is a ‘True Ambassador’ for South Africa – Ramaphosa

[News24Wire] The late founder of multi-award-winning vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo was a “true ambassador” for South Africa and the Zulu culture.Read More

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South Africa: ‘I’ve Never Been Afraid of Jail,’ Zuma Tells Supporters

[News24Wire] Former president Jacob Zuma says he is not using his illness to run from the law and if he is sent to jail, he will serve his time.Read More

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Zimbabwe: Ruling Party Factions Square Off in Parliament

[Zimbabwe Standard] ZANU-PF factionalism has spilled into Parliament as rival camps position themselves ahead of the long-awaited restructuring exercise to elect new provincial structures and district coordinating committees.Read More

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Zimbabwe: Solar Boreholes Boon for Rural Gwanda

[Zimbabwe Standard] Communities in Gwanda got a major boost after a local non-governmental organisation Hand in Hand Zimbabwe (HiH Zim) facilitated the installation of solar-powered boreholes.Read More

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Zimbabwe: Why Mnangagwa’s Constitutional Amendments Are Raising Dust

[Zimbabwe Standard] Pressure is mounting on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to abandon plans to amend the constitution with civil society groups plotting campaigns to derail the process.Read More

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Zimbabwe: Lung Cancer – the Most Common Cancer Worldwide

[Zimbabwe Standard] Last week the nation woke up to the melancholic news that one of the fast-rising Afro-jazz stars, Prince Kudakwashe Musarurwa, had succumbed to cancer of the lung. It was indeed disconsolate news considering the age of the crooner. He was a strong man who fought for his life …

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