ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

Lesotho brings vote forward - Ramaphosa

2014-10-02 17:07

Lesotho's national general election has been brought forward two years to 2015, South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says.

Investigate Lesotho shootings - Ramaphosa

2014-10-01 21:41

Deputy President and SADC facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an investigation into the shootings in Maseru, Lesotho.

Mugabe taken to court over wife Grace's PhD

2014-10-01 13:01
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Zimbabwean students are reportedly set to take President Robert Mugabe to court over the recent awarding of a controversial PhD to his wife Grace.

Mozambique president gives Benz back

2014-09-30 21:11

Mozambique's president has returned a luxury Mercedes-Benz given to him by a business association.

Lesotho cops suspect own in coup attempt

2014-09-30 05:00

Lesotho's police force has launched an investigation into some of its own officers for their possible role in a coup attempt that left one policeman dead.

Ramaphosa to return to Lesotho

2014-09-29 15:16

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the SADC facilitator, is set to travel to Lesotho to continue his efforts to help return the country to constitutional normalcy, his office says.

Zambia denies reports Sata treated in US

2014-09-26 20:04

Zambian President Michael Sata’s health is "entirely normal" and he didn’t receive medical treatment during a visit to the US this week, Vice President Guy Scott says.

Zambia's leader treated by doctors in New York

2014-09-26 07:43

Police say Zambia's president Michael Sata was treated in his New York hotel room by doctors during the world leaders' meeting at the UN General Assembly, but was not hospitalised.

Mugabe: Sanctions are evil

2014-09-25 20:17
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The United States and the European Union should remove their "unilateral and illegal sanctions," says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Don't engage in mass protests, Zim prophet warns

2014-09-25 17:33

A Zimbabwean prophet has reportedly warned Zimbabweans not to engage in mass demonstrations, saying such protests could result in bloodshed.

White civil servant gets job in Mugabe's office

2014-09-25 14:37
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who in the past made it clear he has little time for whites, has reportedly appointed one of the country’s last white civil servants to a senior position within the presidency.

Lesotho crisis: Opposition hopes Ramaphosa can help

2014-09-23 14:02

Lesotho's main opposition, the Democratic Congress, has reportedly said all matters, including security issues, can be dealt with only after the kingdom nation’s parliament reconvenes.

At least 98 under Ebola quarantine in Harare

2014-09-23 10:44
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At least 98 people have reportedly been placed under Ebola quarantine in Harare, as Zimbabwe takes steps to strictly monitor visitors coming into the country.

Ramaphosa back in Lesotho for stability talks

2014-09-22 12:18

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Maseru, Lesotho, for talks to restore stability in the mountain kingdom, his office says.

Police, army exchange fire in Lesotho

2014-09-19 11:40

Police and the military have exchanged gunfire in Lesotho’s capital, the latest violence to rock Africa’s tiny mountain kingdom.

Ramaphosa 'encouraged' by Lesotho patriotism

2014-09-19 07:35

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been encouraged by the determination of Lesotho's political roleplayers to find a lasting solution to their challenges, his office says.

Top court rejects Zim’s complaint over EU sanctions

2014-09-18 16:51

The European Union’s top court has rejected the complaint of a Zimbabwean businessman and former government official who was hit by EU sanctions and was briefly detained at a British airport in 2007.

Zimbabwe police holding cells filthy

2014-09-17 20:39

Zimbabwean lawyers have decried reported assaults and the death of suspects in police custody, as well as conditions in holding cells they called unfit for human habitation.

Mugabe backs Russia

2014-09-16 19:26
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Zimbabwean's veteran president Robert Mugabe has voiced his support for Russia describing Western sanctions against Moscow as illegal.

Lesotho to hold early vote to end political crisis

2014-09-16 07:27

Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, an official says.

Security threat worsening – Lesotho PM

2014-09-15 10:59

Prime Minister Tom Thabane says the security situation in Lesotho remains volatile and its parliament cannot reconvene under the current environment.

SA, Mpuma, ready for Moz Ebola threat

2014-09-14 21:11

While neighbouring Mozambique is on a list of 15 countries at risk of animal-to-human transmission of Ebola, South Africa is not.

Lesotho deadlock prompts fresh crisis summit

2014-09-12 19:21

Lesotho's deadlocked political parties have failed to meet a deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders.

Grace Mugabe is 'queen of the land'

2014-09-11 12:40
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Zimbabwean justice minister has reportedly told parliament that President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace is a “queen” who should be honoured by traditional leaders and opposition politicians.

 

Ramaphosa to make 'major' announcement in Lesotho

2014-10-02 09:46

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to make a “major” announcement relating to his facilitation efforts in Lesotho, his spokesperson says.

Lesotho army, cops in fresh shootout

2014-10-01 17:24

Two policemen in Lesotho have been wounded during a shoot-out between the force and the military.

Ramaphosa Lesotho visit continues

2014-10-01 07:56

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is continuing his visit to Lesotho to assist and facilitate the current political situation in the country, his office says.

Ramaphosa arrives in crisis hit Lesotho

2014-09-30 11:25

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Lesotho for further mediation to bring stability to the country, the presidency says.

Fearless Zim leading in serving blacks' interests – Mugabe

2014-09-29 19:57
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Zimbabwe is the only country that is leading in empowering and serving black people’s interests, President Robert Mugabe has reportedly said.

Grace Mugabe's 'miraculous' PhD 'an insult to intelligentsia'

2014-09-29 08:58

The Zimbabwe students union has demanded the resignation of authorities at the country’s top university after it awarded a "miraculous" doctorate to President Robert Mugabe's wife.

Farmers angry over Mugabe daughter land grab

2014-09-26 16:44

A white family has been thrown off their farm to make way for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's 24-year-old daughter according to commercial farmers.

Namibia's military enters the construction business

2014-09-25 23:04

Namibia's military has created a construction company that will compete for contracts with the private sector, part of a growing commercial network that has drawn criticism.

Mozambique opposition claims harassment

2014-09-25 19:04

A Mozambique opposition party has accused government supporters of attacking their presidential candidate's convoy with sticks, stones and machetes.

Zimbabweans in SA can renew stay

2014-09-25 15:58
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Zimbabweans working in SA can begin renewing their special work permits, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says.

Ramaphosa back from Lesotho

2014-09-24 14:41

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has returned to South Africa following a two-day visit to Lesotho.

Court: Home Affairs disregarded rights

2014-09-23 12:56

Home Affairs officials acted with flagrant disregard for the human rights of Botswana national Edwin Samotse when they deported him, the North Gauteng High Court has ruled.

Ramaphosa returning to Lesotho

2014-09-21 15:38

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to Maseru, Lesotho, to pursue a regional mandate to help restore peace, stability and democracy in the country, his office says.

I am not dead, says Zambia president

2014-09-19 15:22

Zambia’s elusive President Michael Sata has made a rare public appearance, opening a new session of parliament and declaring "I am not dead".

Mugabe's wife Grace completes PhD in 3 months

2014-09-19 10:27

Soon after being shoe-horned into the top ranks of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the wife of ageing leader Robert Mugabe has gained a PhD in orphanages, seen as the latest sign that she may be destined for the high office.

Frelimo man promises change

2014-09-18 23:21

The man likely to become Mozambique's next president has given the clearest indication yet of his political goals, vowing to redistribute wealth if elected this October.

Don't disrupt operations on white-owned farms - Zim minister

2014-09-18 14:54

Zimbabwe cannot afford to kick white farmers off the land and then import products such as milk from South Africa, a Zimbabwean minister says.

Russia's FM hails Mugabe as Africa's legend

2014-09-17 15:23
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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “African legend and historic figure”.

Ramaphosa to make peace in Lesotho

2014-09-16 15:43

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will act as the Southern African Development Community's facilitator in Lesotho.

Zimbabwe army to stay above politics

2014-09-15 18:35

Zimbabwe's army chief warned those jostling to succeed President Robert Mugabe not to try and drag the military into politics.

SADC summit to discuss Lesotho, DRC

2014-09-15 09:32

The political impasse in Lesotho is expected to dominate the agenda at the SADC troika summit to be held in Pretoria, reports say.

Too risky to arrest Lesotho coup leader - report

2014-09-14 11:06

Lesotho’s renegade army chief Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli has apparently resurfaced in Maseru despite facing treason charges, but police reportedly say it is too risky to arrest him.

Dhlakama to hit the campaign trail

2014-09-11 21:15

Days after coming out of hiding to sign a peace deal with the government, Mozambican rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama said he is ready to start campaigning for presidential elections.

Outrage as Botswana journo charged with sedition

2014-09-11 07:42

A Botswana newspaper editor has been discharged with sedition after a story claimed President Ian Khama was involved in a car accident, prompting angry allegations of stifling press freedom.

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