ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

Zambian ex-minister held for 'celebrating' Sata’s death

2014-10-31 16:31

Zambian police say they have arrested and charged a former government official for celebrating the recent death of President Michael Sata by firing a gun in the air.

Zimbabwe’s MDC hopes to reboot, challenge Mugabe

2014-10-31 12:17

Enfeebled by its electoral loss to veteran leader Robert Mugabe and a post-vote split, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC is holding a congress to elect new leaders and forge a new plan against Mugabe's 34-year rule.

Big drop in support for Frelimo in Moz election

2014-10-31 08:18

Mozambique's ruling party Frelimo won the 15 October elections, but its share of the vote dropped from 75% to 57.3%, according to the national electoral commission.

Nyusi officially new Mozambique president

2014-10-30 18:46

Filipe Nyusi of the governing Frelimo party has been elected Mozambique's next president, the National Electoral Commission says.

LHR welcomes ConCourt judgment

2014-10-30 15:59

Lawyers for Human Rights have welcomed the Constitutional Court's order that South African police investigate claims of torture against senior Zimbabwean officials.

Zambia's Scott Africa's first white leader since apartheid

2014-10-30 07:12
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Zambia will hold a second day of mourning for president Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital, as his deputy Guy Scott becomes, pending elections, Africa's first white leader since South Africa's apartheid era.

Messy struggle for Zambian presidency under way

2014-10-29 16:32

The battle for Zambia’s top job was already under way before long-ailing president Michael Sata died, but it looks set to become messier and more intense in his wake.

Sata an outstanding son of Africa – Uhuru Kenyatta

2014-10-29 13:46

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has hailed Zambia’s president Michael Sata as an "outstanding son of Africa", adding “he was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values”.

Call for calm after Zambian leader Sata dies

2014-10-29 09:16

Zambian government cabinet secretary Roland Msiska has called for calm following the death of President Michael Sata in London.

Zambian President Sata dies in London

2014-10-29 06:49
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Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, three private Zambian media outlets say.

Ramaphosa’s Lesotho task no walk in the park – SADC

2014-10-28 20:52

SADC secretary Stergomina Tax has admitted there have been challenges in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent mediation efforts in Lesotho.

Zimbabwe doctors strike for better pay

2014-10-28 14:43

Patients are waiting in long queues while others are being turned away at state hospitals in Zimbabwe, as hundreds of doctors stage a strike to press for higher pay.

Zimbabwe VP denies plotting Mugabe ouster

2014-10-26 19:44

Zimbabwe's Vice President Joice Mujuru has rejected "false claims" that she is plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe ahead of a ruling party congress in December.

Zimbabwe ruling party dodges Mugabe debate

2014-10-25 22:51

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF politburo has brought forward a crunch elective congress but did not debate factional fighting threatening to tear the party apart.

Zimbabwe urged to guarantee safety of journalists

2014-10-25 12:25

Global media watchdog, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, on Friday urged Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by police.

SA will stand with Lesotho - Ramaphosa

2014-10-24 19:14

South Africa, in the spirit of former ANC president Oliver Tambo, will stand by Lesotho as it works towards a better future, the party's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says.

War vets see 'sinister plot' to oust Robert Mugabe

2014-10-24 12:32

Zimbabwe's chairperson of the National Liberation War Veterans Association, has reportedly warned there is a "sinister plot" within the ruling Zanu-PF party to oust President Robert Mugabe

You should retire madam, Mugabe’s wife tells VP

2014-10-24 08:36

Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe says Deputy President Joice Mujuru, potential successor to her 90-year-old husband Robert Mugabe, should resign, in an attack likely to widen divisions in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Maseru Security Accord signed

2014-10-23 22:52

The Maseru Security Accord, a new deal aimed at promoting security in Lesotho, has been signed in the country Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says.

Secret talks in Lesotho

2014-10-23 19:04

South Africa's deputy president has held secret talks with a renegade Lesotho military commander, as an offer of partial amnesty is floated in the hope of ending a destabilising post-coup stand-off.

Grace announces candidacy to succeed Mugabe

2014-10-23 17:02
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Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has announced her candidacy to succeed her husband, 90-year-old president Robert Mugabe, when he leaves office.

Polls: Botswana’s ruling BDP struggles to retain its grip

2014-10-23 07:55

Botswana’s ruling party, which has governed the diamond-rich country since 1965, is facing an unprecedented electoral battle as a traditionally fragmented opposition unites against it.

Zanu-PF future unclear after Mugabe wife's utterances

2014-10-22 17:57

The future of Zimbabwe's ruling party, Zanu-PF remains unclear following First Lady Grace Mugabe's entrance into mainstream politics and her vitriolic attacks against Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Ramaphosa back in Lesotho to facilitate political normalcy

2014-10-22 07:27

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to travel to Maseru, Lesotho to facilitate the country’s return to political normalcy, his office says.

Mozambique vote counting stops

2014-10-20 16:35

Mozambique vote counting has been stopped in northwestern province amid fraud allegations.

 

Commission to probe factions diving Mugabe’s Zanu-PF

2014-10-31 14:20

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will set up a commission to probe allegations of factionalism threatening to divide his Zanu-PF party ahead of an elective congress in December, the party spokesperson says.

Mugabe defends wife's nomination to Zanu-PF leadership

2014-10-31 09:21

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has defended his wife’s nomination to lead the powerful women’s wing of the ruling Zanu-PF, as the campaign to succeed him intensifies ahead of a crucial party congress.

Cops wil comply with ConCourt order

2014-10-30 17:34

The SAPS say they will comply with the Constitutional Court's order to investigate claims of torture against senior Zimbabwean officials.

Malawi diplomat designate called Mugabe 'idiot' - report

2014-10-30 14:27
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Diplomatic ties between Lilongwe and Harare are likely to face a blow after President Peter Mutharika appointed a man who once described President Robert Mugabe as an “idiot” to be the new ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Anti-poaching scores big in Dutch, Swedish lottos

2014-10-29 19:10

Dutch and Swedish lotteries have given anti-poaching efforts in Limpopo game parks and in Mozambique a R30m boost .

Zambian Vice President Scott named interim leader

2014-10-29 14:52

Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has been named the interim leader of Africa’s second largest copper producer, a government minister says, a day after president Michael Sata died.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe blasts 'war' in his party

2014-10-29 12:44

Zimbabwe's ageing president Robert Mugabe has blasted internal feuding threatening to split the ruling party over his succession and declared he is still in control.

Grace Mugabe power bid is madness, says Biti

2014-10-29 08:10

Suggestions that Grace Mugabe could succeed her nonagenarian husband as Zimbabwe's president are "madness", the country's former finance minister says.

Mugabe skirts raging succession battle

2014-10-28 22:19

President Robert Mugabe has opened parliament, steering clear of a succession struggle raging in his Zanu-PF party.

Botswana's Khama sworn in for 2nd term

2014-10-28 16:26

Botswana’s president Ian Khama has been sworn in for his second term after winning re-election with a reduced majority, pledging to intensify efforts to diversify the economy and eradicate poverty.

Botswana leader Khama to be sworn in for 2nd term

2014-10-27 14:09

The president of diamond-rich Botswana Ian Khama is set to be sworn in after seeing off the fiercest challenge yet to his party’s half century of unbroken rule.

Botswana president wins second term in power

2014-10-26 07:27

Botswana President Ian Khama has won a second term in power after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls, an official has announced.

Botswana ruling party leads in early election results

2014-10-25 14:40

Botswana's ruling party is leading as general election results trickle in, but opposition parties have made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission says.

At least 20 die as Lake Kariba boat capsizes

2014-10-25 09:51

At least 20 people, mainly schoolchildren, are believed to have died in Zambia after a boat capsized on Lake Kariba during celebrations for the nation's golden anniversary of independence.

Botswana opposition confident

2014-10-24 16:04

Voting is proceeding smoothly in parliamentary and presidential elections in Botswana.

Women ululate as Khama votes in Botswana polls

2014-10-24 09:48

Women in Botswana have ululated as incumbent president Ian Khama voted at a community hall in Serowe, with one of them saying he is “a great man for this country”.

Voting begins in Botswana's elections

2014-10-24 07:24

Polling stations have opened in nationwide elections in which the Botswana Democratic Party, which has ruled the country since 1965, faces a tough challenge from a recently united opposition.

Mugabe an iconic figure, says British envoy

2014-10-23 20:54
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Britain's new ambassador to Zimbabwe says the country's president Robert Mugabe is an iconic figure, and is also willing to normalise relations between the two countries.

Botswana's ruling party favoured in elections

2014-10-23 18:00

The ruling party in Botswana, which has dominated politics since independence in 1966, is again the front-runner ahead of elections in the southern African nation.

Lesotho extradition hearing postponed

2014-10-23 14:07

The extradition hearing of Lesotho man, accused of chopping up two people and boiling the heart of one of them, has been postponed in the Durban Magistrate's Court.

Ramaphosa in Lesotho

2014-10-22 20:57

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Maseru, Lesotho to facilitate the country's return to political normalcy.

Zim rights chief: Funding woes hamper operations

2014-10-22 12:38

Zimbabwe’s human rights agency, created five years ago to curb rights violations, says its operations have been hamstrung by a severe cash crunch.

Sata to miss 50th independence anniversary

2014-10-21 17:30

Zambian President Michael Sata, who left for medical treatment abroad at an undisclosed destination this weekend, will miss the southern African nation's 50th independence anniversary celebrations.

Zambia’s Sata goes abroad for medical check-up

2014-10-20 14:34

Zambian President Michael Sata has left for a medical check-up abroad at an undisclosed destination, his office says.

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