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Riots in SA: Alleged instigators to appear in court on Monday

Riots in SA: Alleged instigators to appear in court on Monday

AFRICA, LAW, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
Three people are alleged to have had a hand in the riots in KZN and Gauteng, which started out as pro-Jacob Zuma demonstrations Two of the suspects arrested in connection the unrest that took place in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are expected to appear in court on Monday, 19 July 2021. One of the suspects will be at the Randfontein magistrate’s court while the other will appear at the Westonaria magistrate’s court. A third suspect who was also handcuffed is only expected in the dock on Tuesday. SA UNREST: MORE DETAILS ON RIOT INSTIGATORS The arrests of the suspects was confirmed by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Sunday in KZN, and could not reveal their identities. Police also detailed the arrests of the three people. “Police in the West Rand distri...
South Africa Unrest: Former Top Spy Released Without A Charge

South Africa Unrest: Former Top Spy Released Without A Charge

AFRICA, LAW, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa
Thulani Dlomo A former high ranking member of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA), Thulani Dlomo, has been released from police custody without being charged. Dlomo had handed himself over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, 16 July. An alleged close colleague of former President Jacob Zuma, Dlomo was identified by the media as one of the 12 individuals wanted by the government for allegedly instigating the violence in KZN and Gauteng. According to SABC News, Dlomo went to the Durban Central Police Station late on Friday and surrendered himself to the custody of the authorities. Speaking outside the police station, Dlomo’s lawyer, Phumlani Shangase, who accompanied him to the police, said his client is a free man for no...
Supreme court stays ruling on prosecution of civilians in army court

Supreme court stays ruling on prosecution of civilians in army court

AFRICA, ARMY, LAW, POLICE, UGANDA
Chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo The Supreme court has issued an interim order staying the execution of a Constitutional court ruling barring the military court from prosecuting civilians.  The order was issued Thursday by a panel of five justices led by chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo following a petition filed by the attorney general. Owiny-Dollo said that he had listened to the arguments of both sides and found that they had raised serious issues for which his court needed more time to internalize before a detailed ruling is delivered. Two weeks ago, the Constitutional court in a 3-2 majority decision ruled that civilians cannot be subjected to military law and ordered the transfer of their cases to civil courts within 14 days for retrial or be dealt with as court may ...
As Riots Continue Unabated In South Africa, Death Toll Rises To 72

As Riots Continue Unabated In South Africa, Death Toll Rises To 72

AFRICA, ARMY, LAW, POLICE, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa
Violence erupted in the country after former President Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 72 from rioting in South Africa on Tuesday, with many people trampled to death during looting at stores, as police and the military fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to try to halt the unrest set off by the imprisonment last week of former President Jacob Zuma. More than 1,200 people have been arrested in the lawlessness that has raged in poor areas of two provinces, where a community radio station was ransacked and forced off the air Tuesday and some COVID-19 vaccination centres were closed, disrupting urgently needed inoculations. Many of the deaths in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces occurred in chaotic sta...
Ramaphosa targets Zulus, plays the apartheid tribal card

Ramaphosa targets Zulus, plays the apartheid tribal card

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, LAW, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, South Africa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has attributed some on the forces behind the recent violent protests to ethnic mobilisation. Although the son of a Venda apartheid policeman offered no evidence to back up this statement, he told the nation during Sunday night's address that this must be condemned by all citizens. While the sporadic incidents of anarchy are understood to be pushing for former President Jacob Zuma's release from prison, no uniform pattern suggesting this has been identified. It's what commentators and social scientists have been weary of since throngs of people gathered outside Zuma's Nkandla home in the name of shielding him from the police. But suggestions that Zulu nationalism is behind what appears to be Zuma's support base did not always stick. O...
Court Orders Ugandan Government to Regulate COVID-19 Treatment Costs

Court Orders Ugandan Government to Regulate COVID-19 Treatment Costs

COVID-19, HEALTH, LAW, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA
KAMPALA, UGANDA - Edward Bindhe was diagnosed in early June with COVID-19. Upon consultation with a doctor, he bought drugs off the shelf and stocked up on local herbs. Then, with a collapsed lung, failed breathing and total body weakness, Bindhe, who had just lost two relatives to COVID-19, was admitted to a private hospital. Bindhe, who is continuing to receive treatment as an outpatient, said that while in the ward, a cashier constantly visited his bed reminding him of his accumulating medical bill. “After two days of admission, the hospital told me they needed me to advance some money, 2.5 [million shillings or $750], and I did not have it anyway," he said. "That’s when I was then transferred to the COVID ward. Thereafter, on 29th, like, I started getting better. And the ...
KZN protests: ‘ANC factions shouldn’t undermine rule of law,’ says DA

KZN protests: ‘ANC factions shouldn’t undermine rule of law,’ says DA

AFRICA, LAW, POLITICS, PROTESTS, South Africa, TRAFFIC
The DA has called on the ANC in KZN to put the province ahead of its factions as chaos erupts over Jacob Zuma's incarceration. Traffic was backlogged on the N2 between Ballito and Mandeni due to protests by Jacob Zuma supporters on Friday. Photograph: WhatsApp The Democratic Alliance (DA) has condemned the wave of illegal ANC protest action currently taking place across the province of KZN as a result of former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration. The party said it cannot be that internal ANC factions undermine the rule of law, infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens of KZN. It is believed that former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters are responsible for the sporadic protests in the province. From Friday morning, several major roads were closed in KZN namel...
ANC’s Ace Magashule remains suspended, loses high court appeal

ANC’s Ace Magashule remains suspended, loses high court appeal

AFRICA, LAW, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, South Africa
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. File photo.Image: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule's application to challenge his suspension by the party was dismissed with costs on Friday. This follows a full-bench unanimous decision by the Johannesburg high court. Delivering the judgment, judge Jody Kollapen said: “The application incorporating the relief sought is dismissed with costs including the costs of three counsel. The judgment is handed down.” Kollapen, in his summary of what drove the court to dismissing Magashule’s application, stated among other things that Magashule's contention that his suspension failed to observe principles of natural justice was false. Furthermore, the court was firm that the ANC constitution’s rule 25.7...
Pro-Zuma protesters barricade roads with burning tyres in Empangeni

Pro-Zuma protesters barricade roads with burning tyres in Empangeni

AFRICA, LAW, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South Africa
A protester reacts in front of a burning tyre as he takes part in a service delivery protest in Mabopane, in the North West province February 7, 2014. Former president Jacob Zuma’s daughter Dudu Zuma-Sambudla has taken to social media to say the protesters who are burning tyres on a number of busy roads in Empangeni, north of Durban, are her father’s supporters. This contradicts KwaZulu-Natal police who have denied reports that the protesters are pro-Zuma supporters. The Empangeni protesters are reportedly threatening to burn trucks that are passing through the town. Meanwhile, Durban Metro police spokesperson Parbhoo Sewpersadh says that affected areas in Durban include Alpine and Umgeni Roads and the N2 at Sibaya. He has urged motorists to use alternative routes. It’s ...
“I’m Too Old For Jail”-Jacob Zuma Speaks Following His Sentencing

“I’m Too Old For Jail”-Jacob Zuma Speaks Following His Sentencing

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, DEMOCRACY, JUDICIARY, LAW, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
Following his sentencing last week, former South Africa President Jacob Zuma claims that he is too old for jail. Addressing the media on Sunday evening,  Jacob Zuma said sending him to jail during the height of a pandemic at his age was the same as sentencing him to death. The former president said he wasn’t seeking to destruct the work of the state capture commission, but all he is asking for is fairness and consistency in the application of the law. He however said South Africa was sliding back into apartheid-like rule. “The fact that I was sentenced without trial should induce shock to all those who cherish the rule of law. The rule of law doesn’t deal harshly with those you may dislike for whatever reason. South Africa is sliding back to apartheid-like rule. I am facing d...
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