ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

Fire at storehouse near Beit Bridge border post

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A huge fire has broken out at a customs warehouse on the Zimbabwe side of the Beit Bridge border post, reportedly destroying property worth thousands of dollars.

Zim ruling party to boost Mugabe's powers

2014-11-27 14:51

Zimbabwe's ruling party will amend its constitution to allow President Robert Mugabe to personally appoint his deputies, state media reports.

No show for Zim's Mujuru

2014-11-26 23:51

Embattled Zimbabwean vice president Joice Mujuru has not turned up for a meeting of President Robert Mugabe's politburo.

Namibia polls: Court dismisses opposition challenge

2014-11-26 20:42

The Windhoek High Court has dismissed an urgent application brought by three opposition parties asking it to postpone the country’s upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Namibia prepares for Africa's first e-vote

2014-11-26 14:12

Namibia is set to vote in Africa’s first electronic ballot, a general election that will usher in a new president and quotas to put more women in government.

Zim succession war: VP Mujuru ousted

2014-11-26 09:10

Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party’s powerful committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, a report says.

Botswana: Gays, lesbians re-apply for registration

2014-11-26 08:40

Advocacy group, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana will re-apply to register as an organisation, it says.

Zim cops: Gas cylinder, not tear gas behind stampede

2014-11-23 22:01

Police in Zimbabwe claim an explosion from a gas cylinder belonging to a vendor of fresh French fries caused a stampede at a church rally that left 11 dead, a report says.

General accused of coup bid leaves Lesotho

2014-11-22 22:10

The renegade general accused of leading a failed coup attempt in Lesotho has left the kingdom along with two of his rivals as part of a deal to restore security.

SADC officials to observe Namibian elections

2014-11-21 22:13

A group of SADC officials has arrived in Namibia to observe its elections and ensure adherence to democratic principles, the organisation says.

Zim not a basket case, minister tells SA investors

2014-11-21 20:29
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Zimbabwe’s economy is on the mend as the worst is over, the country’s finance minister says, in a bid to assure investors in SA that its neighbour is "not a basket case".

No vendetta against EFF, says Botswana govt

2014-11-21 16:00

The Botswana government does not have a vendetta against members of South Africa’s EFF, Labour and Home Affairs Minister Edwin Batshu says.

Zimbabwe govt rubbishes Khampepe report on 2002 polls

2014-11-21 11:40

The Zimbabwean government has rubbished as "a nullity" the damning report detailing the "2002 electoral theft" blamed on President Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu PF.

Namibia ready to vote

2014-11-20 21:08

Namibia's election commission says preparations for next week's national elections are going well as the country becomes the first in Africa to use electronic voting machines.

Special Zim permit deadline looms

2014-11-20 14:16

Around 64% of Zimbabweans working in the country on a dispensation permit have applied for an extension until 2017, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says.

Widow of Zambian president joins succession race

2014-11-20 09:52

The battle for Zambia’s presidency has become even more of a family affair, with late leader Michael Sata’s widow joining the race to become the ruling party’s candidate.

Namibia gets new air carrier

2014-11-19 22:31

German low cost carrier Condor Air has started a new route from Frankfurt to Windhoek, with the landing in Windhoek of its first passenger plane.

Zambia sets date for presidential by-election

2014-11-18 23:09

Zambia's interim leader has announced the date for a by-election amid concerns about a tense contest to succeed President Michael Sata.

Botswana mulls gay ruling

2014-11-18 17:05

Botswana‘s labour and home affairs minister is still considering whether to appeal against a high court ruling that Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (Legabibo) can register as an organisation.

Mugabe's wife launches fresh, bitter attack on VP Mujuru

2014-11-18 10:21

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has launched a fresh and bitter attack on Vice President Joice Mujuru, calling on her to resign immediately and accusing her of "inappropriate" dressing.

Zambia presidential race hots up

2014-11-17 18:55

The Zambia presidential contest is hotting up in what promises to be a crowded ring.

VP Mujuru denies Mugabe assassination plot

2014-11-17 12:30

Zimbabwe’s beleaguered Vice President Joice Mujuru has defended herself against allegations that she masterminded a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

Zim's VP linked to Mugabe assassination plot

2014-11-16 15:54

Zimbabwe's vice president, once seen as a possible successor to President Robert Mugabe, has been linked to an alleged plot to assassinate the 90-year-old leader, a state-run newspaper reports.

Namibia to be Africa's first to e-vote

2014-11-14 22:38

In a first for Africa, Namibians will cast their ballots electronically in this month's presidential and legislative polls.

Botswana ordered to register country's 1st gay group

2014-11-14 19:59

A Botswana High Court has ordered the government to register and recognise the country’s first gay and lesbian lobby group, in a case testing the country’s strict anti-homosexuality laws.

 

Purged Zim leaders can still make comeback

2014-11-27 21:49

The ongoing purge of supporters of Zimbabwe's beleaguered Vice President Joice Mujuru from the ruling party's powerful central committee, does not necessarily spell the end of their political careers, opposition bodies say.

Child sex: Man wins appeal against Namibia extradition ruling

2014-11-27 13:33

A French national arrested in Namibia and wanted in India for allegedly committing sexual acts with minor boys, has successfully appealed against his extradition and has been freed.

Democratic Union formed in Zimbabwe

2014-11-26 20:42

Two breakaway factions of Zimbabwe's main Movement for Democratic Change party have officially signed a unity pact as the Democratic Union.

Something strange in Zanu-PF - party veteran

2014-11-26 17:57

Former Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who was suspended from the ruling party after being accused of conspiring with Vice President Joice Mujuru to topple President Robert Mugabe, says "something strange" is happening in Zanu-PF.

Joice Mujuru's fate lies in Mugabe's hands

2014-11-26 11:22

Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru's fate now lies in the hands of President Robert Mugabe after she was barred from contesting a seat in the ruling Zanu-PF party's highest decision making organ.

Zim’s VP Mujuru loses membership of key party committee

2014-11-26 08:41

Zimbabwe’s beleaguered vice president Joice Mujuru has lost her membership of the ruling party’s central committee, a report says.

Namibia's polls face legal challenge by opposition

2014-11-25 16:08

Three opposition parties have brought an urgent application before the Windhoek High Court requesting it to postpone the country's upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Mugabe tightens grip on Zanu-PF, to choose successor

2014-11-23 13:01

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has changed the constitution of his ruling Zanu-PF party to allow him to directly appoint his deputies, giving the 90-year-old sole power to anoint his successor.

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar: WHO

2014-11-22 14:15

An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organisation says.

Zambia ruling party suspends acting president Scott

2014-11-21 22:13

Zambia's governing Patriotic Front party has suspended Guy Scott from the party, weeks after he took over as interim president of the country following the death of Michael Sata last month.

Mugabe didn't mark wife's dissertation – aide

2014-11-21 17:03

A senior Zimbabwean government official has criticised reports that President Robert Mugabe marked his wife Grace’s dissertation.

11 die in Zimbabwe stampede at prophet's crusade

2014-11-21 12:13
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Eleven people have been killed in a stampede at a crusade held by a popular prophet in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe, police and a religious organisation say.

SA, Botswana strengthen ties

2014-11-21 05:25

It is important that the more than 30 agreements South Africa signed with Botswana are implemented, President Jacob Zuma says.

We aren't in coalition talks with Joice Mujuru – MDC

2014-11-20 16:27

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s party has denied claims it is in talks to form a coalition with beleaguered Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters in the ruling party.

Mbeki, Motlanthe, Zuma 'must apologise to Zimbabweans'

2014-11-20 12:21
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South Africa must apologise to Zimbabweans for the delayed release of a critical report detailing the "2002 electoral theft" blamed on President Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu PF, a group says.

Morgan Tsvangirai appalled by SA

2014-11-20 06:17
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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is deeply appalled by a damning report on Zimbabwe's 2002 elections that has only just been released in South Africa.

Lesotho calls for expulsion of 2 SADC commanders

2014-11-19 14:15

Lesotho has demanded the expulsion of two senior officers from a SADC police mission, accusing them of sabotaging the security of Prime Minister Tom Thabane and other top officials.

Ramaphosa back in Lesotho

2014-11-18 17:37

Deputy President and SADC facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Lesotho to monitor the implementation of recently-signed agreements.

Storm drain failure rocks Zim capital Harare

2014-11-18 14:15

The Harare city council’s apparent failure to deal with the city’s drainage system has been exposed after heavy rains that left streets submerged in water.

Namibia dehorns rhino

2014-11-17 20:51

Namibian environmental authorities embarking on a de-horning exercise for black rhino have already spotted three carcasses left behind by poachers.

Mujuru hits back at state media, Grace Mugabe

2014-11-17 13:34

Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru says she is taking legal action against pro-government newspapers that accused her of corruption and plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe.

Zim man found dead in Joburg was Mugabe’s nephew

2014-11-16 15:57

A 20-year-old Zimbabwean man found dead in a wardrobe at Monash University in Johannesburg was the nephew of President Robert Mugabe, it has emerged.

2002 Zim election not free or fair - report

2014-11-15 14:05
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A report by two South African judges, which found the Zimbabwe elections of 2002 not to be free or fair, has been made public following a lengthy legal battle.

Lesotho man's extradition hearing postponed

2014-11-14 20:01

The extradition hearing of a Lesotho national had to be postponed after both he and his lawyer failed to arrive at the Durban Magistrate's Court.

Zanu-PF suspends officials, Mugabe critics

2014-11-14 17:24

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has suspended several senior officials aligned to Vice-President Joice Mujuru, weakening her position.

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