Jean-Jacques Cornish

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"The low down on African affairs"

Western Sahara confident of South African solidarity facing Moroccan aggression

Breaking the COVID diplomatic lockdown, the ambassadors of 17 countries presented their credentials of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. Social distancing was enforced as the envoys made short speeches expressing wishes of broadening and deepening bilateral relations with South Africa before presenting the

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A ding dong diplomatic tiff with Malawi

What started as a fraternal call from a new neighbour in great need has ended in a ding dong diplomatic fracas. Nipping this in the bud will take decisive action by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera came to power

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Horn of Africa move dangerous towards all our war

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed adamantly tried to still fears that the fighting that broke out in Tigray on November 4 would return Ethiopia to allout war. Not only have things gone seriously pear shaped since then, with Ethiopian refugees fleeing into Sudan to escape the fighting, but the Tigrayan Peoples

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Western Sahara fighting will force both UN and AU to act

The United Nations and African Union has expressed their fear that the three-decade truce in the Western Sahara is crumbling. Morocco has has used military action to end a three-week blockade of his arterial road to West Africa by Saharawi’s demanding that the kingdom keep its promise to hold a

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Defiant Ace Magashule, facing graft charges, is granted bail

A defiant African National Congress Secretary General Ace Magashule appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court today to face 21 counts of fraud, corruption and money laundering.  Shortly after the second most senior official in South Africa’s ruling party was been released on R200 000 bail, he told ANC members: “If

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