SA President Cyril Ramaphosa heads for Zambia and DRC

President Cyril Ramaphosa heads to Zambia today for a working visit. He moves on to the Democratic Republic of Congo tomorrow and will attend the inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the  weekend.  Ends intro This is President Cyril Ramaphosa first visit to Zambia since coming to power. President Edgar Lungu was in Pretoria […]

SA hands over SADC chair but will remain regional leader

Officials from the 16 SADC nations are sitting down in Windhoek today preparing for next week’s  summit of the regional body. South Africa hands over the chair of SADC to Namibia at that gathering but it retains effective leadership of the grouping for the foreseeable future. When South Africa joined SADC 24 years ago it […]

Human rights groups slam pardon of Simone Gbagbo and other war criminals in Cote d’Ivoire

Human rights groups have slammed Ivorean President Alassane Outarra’s decision to pardon his predecessor’s wife Simone Gbagbo and others  convicted of war crimes. They say it shows disrespect for the victims of those crimes. Simone Gbagbo walked free yesterday and her 20-year sentence for threatening state security has been struck from the record. Her husband […]

DRC President Joseph Kabila names his successor

Congolese President Joseph Kabila has named his successor as his staff say he won’t contest the December elections in the African  giant. His critics wonder whether Kabila’s putting in someone to stand for one term so he can return to power later. Naming former interior minister Emmanuel Shadary as the man to contest the December […]