Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Mboweni, migrants

2016-09-22 15:07
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File: AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File: AP)

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Mugabe, 92, can't bring Zim out of its hardships, says Botswana leader 

Gaborone – Botswana's president Ian Khama has urged Africa’s oldest ruler President Robert Mugabe to leave office, reports said.

Khama, who is set to step down as Botswana president in 2018, is one of the few African leaders who have managed over the years to stand up against dictators.

He has on several occasions, openly criticised Mugabe. 

Khama was the only African leader who stood with Western countries in 2013 following an "overwhelming" victory by Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party in elections that were dismissed by opposition parties as a "farce".

Mboweni says to launch solidarity fund for Zimbabwe (but not everyone's keen)

Former SA reserve bank governor Tito Mboweni wants to launch a solidarity fund for Zimbabweans -but not everyone is impressed.

While Zimbabwe's current central bank chief John Mangudya desperately tries to canvas support for the much-maligned 'bond notes' he's about to push into circulation, Mboweni says that "desperate" Zimbabweans are begging at traffic lights in South Africa.

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Tito Mboweni (File: City Press)

Boat with at least 450 migrants capsizes off Egypt, 42 drowned

A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on Wednesday, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.

The vessel overturned off the port city of Rosetta, police and health officials said.

Five survivors, handcuffed to beds in a Rosetta hospital room, told AFP up to 450 people were on board.

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Survivors from a boat that capsized, off Egypt's north coast, sit in a police station in Rashid in northern Egypt. (AFP)

Read more on:    tito mboweni  |  robert mugabe  |  ian khama  |  zimbabwe  |  botswana  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  southern africa  |  migrants

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