On May 30 2005, the day judgement was handed down in Schabir Shaik's trial, Jacob Zuma flew to Zambia on an official visit. Now, as Zuma canters towards the ANC presidency, the rest of the continent is watching developments within the ANC with varying degrees of interest. Zuma, was the first leader to visit President Robert Mugabe after his controversial win in Zimbabwe's 2002 presidential election.
The failure of the Department of Home Affairs to deal with the vast backlog of asylum-seeker applications is resulting in unlawful mass deportations and escalating human rights abuses at the infamous Lindela Repatriation Centre, according to activists in the refugee rights field.
The Department of Home Affairs has come under fire after it deported 16 Burundian asylum seekers early on Wednesday this week, despite attempts by the individuals' lawyers to obtain an urgent stay of deportation. According to Abeda Bhamjee, of the Wits Law Clinic, the department violated South African law in two ways.
Claims that two South Africans -- one working for the country's embassy in Bujumbura and the other an intelligence agent from Pretoria -- have been involved in concocting a fake coup in Burundi resurfaced recently. Fifteen opposition leaders were accused at the end of last month of plotting a coup against Pierre Nkurunziza's almost year-old Burundian government.