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South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has appeared on a video link from prison to attend a corruption trial. Mr Zuma faces charges of fraud and racketeering dating back to the 1990s. This is the first time he has been seen since he was sent to jail for contempt of court – a move that […]

The European Union is in the process of removing financial restrictions on Burundi, the president’s office has said. The decision to lift the ban on restrictions was communicated to Burundi’s president when he met the EU delegates on Monday in the political capital, Gitega, the president’s office announced on Twitter. The EU representative in Burundi, […]

South African police have opened an investigation after 20 unidentified bodies were found in the gold mining town of Orkney. The police suspect the deceased, who were found wrapped in white plastic bags, to be illegal miners “All the deceased are suspected to be illegal miners commonly known as ‘zama zamas’ operating in obsolete shafts […]

Mali has been suspended from the African Union following last week’s military coup – for the second time in nine months. The first was last August following a military coup – but the country was reinstated after the heads of a civilian-led transitional government were announced. Now that administration has been overthrown, and so once […]

South African emergency workers have evacuated three 17-storey residential buildings overlooking Cape Town as a huge fire burns along Table Mountain. The blaze spread quickly after breaking out on Sunday morning near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes. A restaurant was destroyed. The University of Cape Town’s historic library was also badly damaged. About 250 […]

In many countries the willingness of global institutions, like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to beef up the state coffers with a loan is seen as a sign of approval. It shows that the economists in far-away Washington have confidence that the country can afford and properly manage the interest payments. But this is not […]

Malawi beat Uganda 1-0 in their final Group B qualifying match for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations – putting themselves through and sending the Cranes out. Uganda only needed a draw from the game in Blantyre, but came away defeated thanks to Richard Mbulu’s 15th minute goal. Instead it is Malawi who are celebrating […]

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has said he’s ready to be jailed should the courts decide so. In a lengthy statement on Thursday, Mr Zuma explained why he has not appeared before a commission of inquiry looking into corruption allegations against him. He denies any wrongdoing. Mr Zuma says he has lost trust in […]

Kenya’s Finance Minister Ukur Yatani has denied reports that the country risks losing its main port to China should it fail to pay huge loans advanced for the construction of a new railway line. The new 472km (293 mile) railway cost close to three times the international standard and four times the original estimate. A local […]

Aid agency Save the Children says Islamist militants are beheading children as young as 11 in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado. One mother told the agency she had had to watch as her 12-year-old son was killed in this way close to where she was hiding with her other children. More than 2,500 people […]


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