ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

Grace adds to fears of Mugabe dynasty in Zim

2014-07-31 12:41

The surprise nomination of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife to head Zanu-PF's women's wing has injected new intrigue into the fight to succeed the 90-year-old strongman.

Road accident kills 16 in Zimbabwe

2014-07-29 23:19

Sixteen people have been killed in southern Zimbabwe when a minibus collided head-on with a truck on the main road to the south.

Grace Mugabe set to take key Zanu-PF position

2014-07-28 11:10

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, has reportedly accepted a nomination for the position of secretary of Zanu-PF's Women's League, marking her first move into frontline politics.

Zim cops quiz minister over detained editor

2014-07-25 14:20

Police in Zimbabwe have taken the unusual step of summoning the country’s information minister for questioning in the case of a state newspaper editor charged with subversion.

Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

2014-07-24 17:28

The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.

Zimbabwe journalists win free speech victory

2014-07-22 22:03

Two Zimbabwean journalists have won a victory for free speech when the Constitutional Court struck off a statute which made defamation a crime punishable by up to 20 years.

Arson possible in ballot box fire, Malawi says

2014-07-18 10:07

Malawi's electoral commission says arson can’t be ruled out in a warehouse fire that destroyed ballot boxes containing votes from a disputed election just days after a court ordered a recount.

'Cash-strapped' Zim ready to host SADC summit

2014-07-17 12:29

Zimbabwe says it is ready to host the 34th SADC summit, with a report saying, however that the cash-strapped government is banking on financial support from the private and corporate sectors to host the meeting.

Zambian leader Sata 'not critically ill'

2014-07-16 12:12

Zambia has released photographs of President Michael Sata chairing a cabinet meeting this week, allaying speculation that the 77-year-old leader is critically ill.

Most immigrants to SA from Zimbabwe

2014-07-15 15:21
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Zimbabwe contributes the greatest number of immigrants to South Africa, Statistician General Pali Lehohla says.

Mugabe 'has forgiven whites for colonial injustice'

2014-07-14 11:38
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Zimbabwe's minister of Justice, legal and parliamentary affairs has reportedly denied that President Robert Mugabe acted outside the constitution when he said whites must cede all land to blacks.

Zim court upholds disabled white farmer's eviction

2014-07-11 10:45
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A Zimbabwean court has reportedly upheld the eviction of a disabled white commercial farmer who sought compensation after his farm was seized under the country's controversial land reform programme.

Dhlakama says stop shooting - before vote

2014-07-11 05:00

Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama has hinted his party would take part in October elections without signing a full accord with the government if there is a halt to fighting.

Botswana set to kick out Zim refugees – report

2014-07-10 09:29
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The Botswana government is reportedly set to repatriate Zimbabweans who sought refuge in the neighbouring country at the height of Zimbabwe’s political crisis in 2008.

Zambia president Sata returns from Israel

2014-07-08 12:40

Zambian President Michael Sata has returned from Israel and celebrated his 77th birthday with friends and family, a report says.

Mugabe 'out of ideas' to fix the economy

2014-07-07 16:21
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Zimbabwe's former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai says that President Robert Mugabe has run out of ideas to fix the economy.

Malawi leader pardons 403 prisoners

2014-07-06 09:41

Malawi's new President Peter Mutharika has pardoned 403 prisoners ahead of celebrations to mark 50 years since the country gained independence from Britain.

Zambian men acquitted of gay charges

2014-07-03 20:00

Two Zambian man charged with having consensual gay sex have been acquitted after magistrates said the state failed to provide sufficient evidence in the high-profile case.

Stop dining with whites, Mugabe tells ministers

2014-07-03 14:02
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Zimbabwean ministers and traditional leaders who were fronting white ex-commercial farmers could lose their farms, President Robert Mugabe has warned, according to a report.

No land for whites in Zimbabwe, says Mugabe

2014-07-03 10:15
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President Robert Mugabe has reportedly vowed that whites will never be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe, saying the few remaining white farmers must go.

Madagascar needs fuel subsidy reforms - IMF

2014-07-01 14:39

Madagascar needs to reform its fuel subsidy programme which doesn’t help its poorest people, a senior IMF official says as the lender considers more funding to the Indian Ocean Island.

DA cut corners on Van Damme - ANC

2014-06-29 19:06
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The Democratic Alliance is desperately recruiting and parading black people in a bid to conceal its real identity, the ANC says.

US removes Swaziland from AGOA

2014-06-28 09:11

The Communist Party of Swaziland has welcomed the removal of Swaziland by the US government from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Zambian leader 'receives medical treatment in Israel'

2014-06-26 14:57

Zambian President Michael Sata is receiving medical treatment in Israel, an Israel official says without elaborating on his condition.

Activists charged over Sata health rumours

2014-06-26 09:04

Zambian authorities have charged three opposition activists accused of claiming that President Michael Sata is dying, amid rumours over the elderly statesman’s health, one of the activists says.

 

Facebook offers free internet in Zambia

2014-07-31 10:02

Facebook is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones.

Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

2014-07-29 21:01

Madagascar has become the newest member of Global Surf Association and has formed part of a recent drive to promote the sport in Africa.

Swazis jail editor, lawyer for government criticism

2014-07-26 07:08

Swaziland's High Court has jailed a magazine editor and a human rights lawyer for two years for contempt of court over articles critical of the government and judiciary.

Zimbabwe situation in pictures

2014-07-25 13:14

A year after Zimbabwe held its elections, thousands continue to live under dire situations as the country's unemployment crisis persists.

Zimbabwe arrests Chinese man with 33 000 rounds of ammo

2014-07-23 17:03

Zimbabwean police have arrested a Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and a large quantity of ammunition.

Mugabe ally praises farm invasions leader

2014-07-21 11:43

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's closest ally has reportedly praised the country's war veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba who led the 2000 controversial farm invasions.

Two Swazi critics convicted

2014-07-18 05:00

Two critics of the Swaziland government have been found guilty of contempt of court after publishing articles.

Zim prostitutes 'selling sperm to SA sangomas'

2014-07-16 14:02
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Zimbabwean prostitutes are reportedly collecting sperm from their clients to export to SA where there is "high demand" by sangomas who use it in their traditional rituals.

Zambian acquitted for calling Sata 'a potato'

2014-07-15 14:51

A Zambian opposition leader charged with defamation after comparing the president to a sweet potato has been acquitted after a court found he was merely exercising his right to free speech.

Zambia Parly concerned over Sata's health

2014-07-11 15:12

The health of Zambian President Michael Sata has come under scrutiny in parliament, with opposition lawmakers requesting a meeting with the ailing leader, who has not been seen in public for three weeks.

Mugabe hails separation of conjoined twins

2014-07-11 07:40
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Zimbabwe surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twin babies, a first for the country’s down-at-heel health service and an achievement that has been hailed by President Robert Mugabe.

US-Africa summit: Mugabe 'still not invited'

2014-07-10 12:19
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The US-Africa summit to be convened by President Barack Obama in August is set to proceed without Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as planned, the US ambassador to Zimbabwe has reportedly said.

Mozambique presidential candidate pleads for peace

2014-07-10 05:00

Mozambique's ruling party presidential candidate Felipe Nyusi has made a plea for peace with the opposition Renamo party.

Renamo spokesperson arrested

2014-07-07 18:46

Mozambican police have arrested a spokesperson for Renamo, the rebel movement turned political party, in a new setback to ongoing reconciliation talks.

Tobacco surge 'justifies Mugabe's land grabs'

2014-07-07 10:59

Zimbabwean Agriculture Minister has hailed President Robert Mugabe's land transfer campaign after the country reportedly recorded its biggest tobacco sales in 13 years.

White farmers respond to Mugabe's threats

2014-07-04 10:04
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White farmers have reportedly described President Robert Mugabe's recent remarks that whites must cede all land to blacks as "extremely unhelpful" to Zimbabwe as a country.

Zim editor granted bail in subversion case

2014-07-03 15:16

A Zimbabwean state newspaper editor facing charges of subversion and undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority has been granted bail by the high court under stringent conditions, his lawyer says.

SAA says sorry after pilot stripped at Zim airport

2014-07-03 12:54

SAA has apologised to its passengers after one of its pilots caused drama at the Harare International airport when he stripped to his underpants in protest against security procedures, a report says.

Drama as angry SA pilot strips at Harare airport

2014-07-02 12:17
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There was drama at Zimbabwe's Harare International airport after an SA pilot lost his temper and stripped down to his underpants in protest against security procedures, reports say.

Mugabe neighbour fined over roaming dogs

2014-07-01 13:26

A neighbour of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been fined for allowing his dogs to hunt on the 90-year-old leader’s land, a report says.

Phumzile van Damme is South African - DA

2014-06-29 14:51
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DA MP Phumzile van Damme was oblivious of questions around her citizenship until a newspaper made an inquiry to her, her party says.

Namibia EFF just imitating Malema - Swapo

2014-06-27 14:35

The ruling Namibian party has reportedly described the country’s soon- to-be-launched NEFF opposition party as a hopeless bunch of disgruntled individuals who are imitating the EFF.

Zim: New constitution clashes with old laws

2014-06-26 13:02

Hundreds of old laws in Zimbabwe need to be changed to conform with the country’s new constitution, which guarantees democratic rights but faces problems in its implementation, activists say.

Namibia's EFF replica: We want economic freedom

2014-06-25 14:56
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Namibia’s replica of Julius Malema's EFF party the NEFF, says its creation is the "birth of a giant" that would fight for economic freedom in the southern African country.

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