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Dictator brought to justice

A superb book unravels the story of how a Senegalese court jailed a former Chad president for life

Zim won’t take Zuma’s Cecil jibe lying down

President Jacob Zuma's "undiplomatic" reaction to the death of Cecil the Lion at US hunter Walter Palmer's hand fails to amuse in Zimbabwe.

Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo saddened at spying revelations

Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo has expressed “sadness, hurt and deep disappointment” that government may have been spying on him.

South Sudan’s fallen named on anniversary of civil war

A group of civil society volunteers has spent months collecting and verifying names of the victims to give the tragedy a human face.

Masterchef contestant turns up the heat on housework

Domestic worker Siphokazi Mdlankomo has stolen the show on Masterchef SA, but her sisters are still all but forgotten.

Funding crunch threatens TAC

Aids is not over, says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, but donors are pulling out of South Africa because it is a middle-income country.

Mugabe wins at Beijing bingo

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe appears to have achieved his goal of extracting more cash from China.

Athol Fugard: All is not, and never will be, lost

As SA's most decorated playwright, takes to the stage for the last time, he explains why he will never lose his optimism for the 
country’s future.

Sudan: Meriam Ibrahim ‘safe and well’ in US embassy

The Christian woman whose apostasy death sentence was overturned is doing well after the US embassy in Khartoum gave the family refuge.

Drones offered to SA mines to ‘prevent another Marikana’

Desert Wolf, maker of the Skunk Riot Control Copter, says its machine is "designed to control unruly crowds". But labour activists are condemning it.

Kagame trolls burn their bridges

Government staff in Rwanda appear to be using fake accounts to harass journalists on Twitter.

Boko Haram lashes out

Officials and eyewitnesses recount the militant Muslim fundamentalist group's audacious attack on a military base, which left many killed and injured.

Mbeki: Blair plotted military intervention to remove Mugabe

Former SA president Thabo Mbeki says his country was asked by the UK for help with a military plan to remove Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Al-Shabab’s hold on Somalia rules out a purely military solution

Young people in Somalia have known only war and little prospect of getting a job.

Zimbabwe government’s U-turn on white farmers

A group of 78 dispossessed white farmers claim victory and intend to pursue full compensation.

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Judicial Conduct Committee orders Mogoeng to apologise for his remarks about SA Israel relations

The JCC said that by the chief justice straying into politics, he breached the judicial conduct code and ordered him to issue an apology and retraction

‘Doctors’ wives’ jump Covid queue

Private doctors and civilians have been exploiting gaps in the public health system to get vaccinated

Ithala fails to act against board chairperson over PPE scandal

Morar asked to settle with the state and pay back the profit he made on an irregular tender

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