Oscar sentencing testimony wraps up

Both the state and the defence present their final arguments in the Pretoria High Court today on how Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius should be punished for unlawfully killing his lover Reeva Steenkamp. After a week of hearing sentencing testimony, the judge will take at least a few more days to hand down her decision. Prosecutor […]

Ballot stuffing alleged in Mozambique election

Isolated cases of ballot stuffing were reported in Mozambique’s closely contested election yesterday. But the exercise has got the thumbs up from the regional observer mission. Frelimo’s Filipe Nyusi, the former defence minister, looks set to hold off the former rebel group Renamo led by Afonso Dhlakama, and Daviz Simango, founder of the Mozambique Democratic […]

Ravalomanana’s family strip searched

Madagascar authorities are holding ousted president Marc Ravalomanana -who slipped back onto the island last Sunday ending five years of exile in South Africa – on a military base. His family were allowed to visit him for four hours yesterday – but first they had to suffer the indignity of being strip searched. Marc Ravalomanana […]

AU slams Ravalomanana’s unscheduled return

The African Union’s slams ousted President Marc Ravalomanana’s unscheduled return to Madagascar. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also condemns the ex president’s remarks at a press conference hours after reaching Antananarivo. Marc Ravalomana claims his return from five years in exile in South Africa was facilitiated by the regional grouping SADC. The African Union insists […]

Parliament to open in Lesotho

In his capacity as regional facilitator for Lesotho, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s returned to the mountain kingdom for the reconvening of parliament in Maseru. The legislature will pass a budget and make preparations for elections next February. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to spend three days in Lesotho. He’ll see King Letsie III who will […]

Lesotho parliament opening an important marker

The opening of   Lesotho’s parliament tomorrow is an important marker in the regional roadmap designed to restore peace after an attempted coup in the mountain kingdom six weeks ago. The legislature in Maseru will sit until early December, passing a budget and preparing the ground for elections next February. Lesotho’s 120-member legislature was shuttered by […]

Reunion roadshow seeks closer ties with SA

A top-level team from the French Island of Reunion’s wrapping up a four-day visit designed to cement closer ties with South Africa. They pointed out that on a number of levels there are commonalities between South Africa and the Indian-Ocean Island four-hours flight away. Prefet of Reunion Dominique Sorain, who is Paris’s chief representative on […]

US seeking passengers on a plane with Ebola-infectred nurse

A second nurse who treated the first Ebola victim in the United States has tested positive for the deadly haemorrhagic disease. The search is on to trace 132 passengers on a flight she took. President Barak Obama has cancelled travel plans to monitor developments. For a second successive day, President Barak Obama has elected to […]