Jean-Jacques Cornish

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"The low down on African affairs"

Journalist, Editor and authoritative commentator on African Affairs. Radio talk-show host and prominent guest speaker.

Recent African News

Note from a frightened mlungu

For more than 24 hours I have watched scenes I did not believe possible. Thousands of people looting with impunity in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg. Police, under equip and outnumbered, have been reduced to spectators. President Cyril Ramaphosa is obliged to draft the military in to help try to contain

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Zuma sentenced to 15 months in jail for contempt of court

Zuma sentenced to 15 months in jail for cotemtny pf court will hand himself to police at his home Nkandla In what is being hailed as one of the most significant legal decisions in South African history the Constitutional Court has jailed disgraced former President Jacob Zuma for 15 months

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Stop the warra, warra and give me that second jab

Full disclosure: I did a walk-in COVID vaccination.  Waiting for the sms from the vaccine authority seems rather like standing in an orderly queue for a lifeboat on the Titanic. Admirable, but unwise. Completing the process at the DisChem headquarters in Midrand took five hours. Sure it was a Ben

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Morocco caught lying on official PAP stationery

Morocco’s latest piece of diplomatic vandalism has met with a swift and embarrassing repost from the Pan African Parliament. The mendacious Mediterranean kingdom sought to take advantage of the continental talkshop’s leadership paralysis. Using PAP official stationery, a certain Roger Nkodo attacks the European Parliament for criticizing Morocco’s cynical use

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Saharawi President leaves Spain after treatment for COVID

President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Brahim Ghali has left Spain after six-weeks of treatment for COVID. He is in Algiers tonight and will return to his country much of which has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975. Algeria supports the SADR and provides shelter in refugee camps

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Macron’s lightning visit to South Africa dominated by COVID

“This really is a lightning visit,” says Wandile Mabaso on the lawn of the Boer War hospital that is today the French Ambassador’s residence in Pretoria. “We came here to cook breakfast for him,” says the man now back home in South Africa after two years at a two-Michelin-star Paris

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