Jean-Jacques Cornish

Sudanese troops surrounded South African peacekeepers in Darfur

Sudanese troops reportedly surrounded South African peacekeepers in Darfur while a court was considering an urgent application in Pretoria to seize President Omar al Bashir and turn him over to the International Criminal Court that wants to try him for genocide in the conflict-ravaged Western province.
The Sudanese troops withdrew when Bashir, who dodged a court order that he be prevented from leaving South Africa, was on a flight home to Khartoum.
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Pretoria’s judge president Dunstan Mlambo says President Omar Al Bashir defiance of the court order is unconstitutional.
He’s given the State seven days to provide an affidavit explaining when, where and how Bashir got away.
The Southern African Litigation Centre, that brought the urgent action seeking Bashir’s detention, plans to initiate a private prosecution against the South African government for contempt of court.
Pikkie Greef, the general secretary of the South African National Defence Union says government must respond decisively to Sudan blackmailing South African troops in Darfur by threatening an act of war if their president was arrested in Johannesburg.
At Sudan’s insistence, the South African contingent is the most lightly armed in the United Nations/ African Union Mission in Darfur known as UNAMID.
Military analysts say South Africa should pull their peacekeepers out of Darfur – although this would be playing into Bashir’s hands


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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.