ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

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.

Zanu-PF suspends spokesperson as infighting escalates

2014-11-14 11:41

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has been suspended, as supporters of President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace push for the ouster of top officials linked to Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Zambia succession battle spills to courts

2014-11-13 15:14

The battle to succeed late Zambian president Michael Sata has entered the courts, with supporters of one contender claiming that his right to take over as interim president has been unlawfully denied.

Zimbabwe court jails exam cheat

2014-11-13 11:39

A Zimbabwean court has jailed a man who bought a leaked school-leavers' exam paper for his brother, in the wake of a major leak scandal that will see hundreds of thousands forced to resit exams.

Ian Khama nixes brother as VP

2014-11-12 21:21

Botswana's president has shied away from nominating his brother as vice president, ending a political and legal battle that threw the country's democratic reputation into question.

Put people first, Mugabe urges African leaders

2014-11-12 10:50
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People should not get into politics for selfish and personal interests but for service to the people, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says during Zambian president Michael Sata’s funeral.

Zambia bids final farewell to president Sata

2014-11-11 15:51

Tens and thousands of Zambian have turned out at a state funeral to bury president Michael Sata who died at a London hospital two weeks ago.

 

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.

Mugabe succession battle intensifies ahead of key congress

2014-11-14 14:21

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's succession battle is intensifying ahead of a key congress next month, with two senior Zanu-PF officials being suspended and another expelled.

Mozambique police hunt for kidnapped ‘drug baron’

2014-11-14 05:00

Mozambican authorities have launched a large police operation after a wealthy businessman branded a "drug baron" by the US government was kidnapped at gunpoint.

Well known Moz 'drug kingpin' kidnapped in mall

2014-11-13 11:40

An alleged Mozambican "drug kingpin", who operates across Southern Africa and is wanted by US authorities, has reportedly been kidnapped inside his mall in Maputo.

Angola 'killing, torturing opponents'

2014-11-13 07:37

Amnesty International has accused Angolan security forces of extrajudicial killings and the use of excessive force in suppressing dissent against the government of veteran ruler Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

Zimbabwe's VP Mujuru going nowhere, says ally

2014-11-12 12:36

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF has reportedly denied reports that Vice President Joice Mujuru tendered her resignation to President Robert Mugabe, saying she (Mujuru) is “going nowhere”.

Tears flow as Zambia's Sata laid to rest

2014-11-11 20:20

Zambia's president Michael Sata has been buried with full honours at a state funeral following his death at a London hospital two weeks ago.

Court thwarts Khama’s plans to tap brother as VP

2014-11-11 12:05

Botswana’s government says it will accept a court ruling that effectively thwarts President Ian Khama’s bid to appoint his brother as vice-president.

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