Top Africa stories: Mogadishu, Kenya, Grace Mugabe

2017-10-17 07:11

No South Africans among Mogadishu victims – Dirco

Pretoria – The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) says no South Africans were among the more than 300 people killed in a terror attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu. Over 300 were wounded as well in the deadliest attack to date on the city.

Contacted by News24, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said: "No. They were no South African in Mogadishu over the weekend." 

Monyela said the government condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.

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Turkey to airlift some of Mogadishu's wounded 

Mogadishu - Turkey's state-run news agency says the country's health minister has arrived in Somalia to co-ordinate the evacuation of some of the wounded in the truck bombing in Mogadishu.

Anadolu Agency said Health Minister Ahmet Demircan is accompanied by 33 Turkish medical personnel.

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Somalia blast deadliest single Horn of Africa attack 

Mogadishu - The Mogadishu truck bomb blast, in which at least 300 people died, is the deadliest single attack the Horn of Africa nation has experienced to date and the death toll is expected to rise even higher. Somalia is blaming the al-Shabaab extremist group. 

It has not commented.

However, a former al-Shabaab leader called it "irreligious and heartless". 


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Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters, say groups

Nairobi - Kenya police used tear gas on Monday on opposition supporters in the capital calling for electoral reform, while human rights groups said police killed dozens of people who protested after August's now-annulled presidential election.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said as many as 67 people died across the East African nation after President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election was announced. The Supreme Court later nullified the vote, citing irregularities, and a new election is on October 26.

Researchers from the two groups interviewed 151 victims, witnesses, police and others in Nairobi's low-income areas known to be opposition strongholds. People said police pursued them, kicking down doors and shooting and beating some to death.


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YouTube lifts Swazi reed dance restrictions

London - YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women.

A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when "culturally relevant or properly contextualised".

The move was in response to a campaign led by Lazi Dlamini, the head of TV Yabantu, an online video production company, featuring Africa's "finest culture... as seen, and recorded by the African people".

Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content.

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Moves to make Grace Mugabe Zimbabwe VP?

Harare - President Robert Mugabe will be confirmed as the ruling Zanu-PF's candidate in next year’s Presidential election during an extraordinary congress slated for December after the party’s 10 provinces passed the resolution over the weekend, the state-owned Herald reported on Monday.

The extraordinary congress comes before the regular congress that was due in 2019.

In an interview with The Herald after the Harare Provincial Executive Council (PEC) meeting, provincial spokesperson Abicia Ushewokunze said the resolution to hold an extraordinary congress to affirm President Mugabe as the party’s sole candidate was unanimous.

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