While Zimbabwean officials deny vice-president Joice Mujuru's resignation, President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has embarked on a smear campaign.
The leader of Botswana's opposition the Umbrella for Democratic Change denies the claim of being on a hit list is a publicity stunt.
A series of heated email exchanges has exposed rumblings of discontent among members of the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Jonathan Moyo is accused of using the media hearings as a battlefield to curry public favour.
Political factional fights in the Zanu-PF have led to a media crackdown with suspicious break-ins and raids on three editors' offices.
President Jacob Zuma's international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu has angered the Zimbabwe government by calling for elections to be postponed.
Critics argue the restitution policy has done little to improve food security or the agribusiness sector in the country.