By BBCMore by this AuthorSouth Africa has taken over direct administration of North West province where corruption allegations have led to violent protests. There have also been calls for the regional premier to resign. The decision to intervene was taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a priority. The province's regional premier, Supra Mahumapelo - a political ally of former President Jacob Zuma - has refused to step down but went on leave. After complaints about the poor delivery of public services and the near collapse of the healthcare system, President Ramaphosa deployed army medics to help out in the hospitals.
May 14, 2018 05:37 UTC
Niger expels refugees back to Libya torturefrom AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, LibyaTRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – SOME 145 Sudanese nationals risk unlawful detention in harsh conditions, torture and ill-treatment after Niger deported them back to Libya. The refugees had been living in a displacement camp in the central Nigerien city of Agadez after fleeing the crisis-torn Libya. Authorities have rounded the Sudanese nationals up, packed them onto trucks and driven them back to the North African country. Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International West Africa researcher, said investigations had shown migrants and refugees were subject to torture, detention and extortion in Libya. Last Thursday, the United Nations Refugee Agency evacuated 132 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers out of Libya to the Niger capital, Niamey.
May 14, 2018 05:03 UTC
South Africa's national government has taken over administrative control of the strife-torn North West province. South Africa's national government on Sunday took control of the country's troubled North West province. The province has seen crowd protests over poor public services and widespread graft allegations in recent weeks. First for South AfricaSouth Africa's National Council of Provinces (NCOP) said on a statement on Sunday that Ramaphosa had told his Cabinet that he had decided to invoke a constitutional clause allowing the central government to take control of North West. According to South Africa's Sunday Times Newspaper, the move marks the first time the national government has ever taken control of an entire provincial administration.
May 14, 2018 04:18 UTC
“Can we make money for Fifa?” asked Hicham El Amrani, the leader of Morocco’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. As the last World Cup in Brazil generated $4.8bn revenue and a $2.6bn profit for Fifa, Morocco’s pledge sounds promising. I don’t think there are any ideological objections to a North African World Cup and that’s what brands want. Hicham El Amrani, CEO of Morocco's bid for World Cup 2026. Le Grand Stade de Marrakech is one of the venues likely to host matches should Morocco win its bid for the World Cup 2026.
May 14, 2018 03:00 UTC
analysisANC North West Chairman Supra Mahumapelo at the ANC's Nasrec conference, December 2018. (Photo by Leila Dee Dougan for Daily Maverick)Officials in government have confirmed that the mess in North West is going to be resolved by national government taking over the province, and running it from the centre. At the centre of the problem are factionalism and divisions, and fighting over the spoils of government. The next logical step: the national ANC takeover of North West provincial ANC. Then, at around lunchtime, the council's chair Thandi Modise confirmed that she had received the letter from the President.
May 13, 2018 22:30 UTC
Coach George Lwandamina is hoping Zesco United can extend its recent two-match unbeaten away run in North Africa when they make their debut trip to Tunisia to play Etoile du Sahel on Wednesday in a Group D Day Two clash. The 2007 winners host Zesco in Sousse in what will be the reigning Zambia champions and 2016 semi-finalist's first-ever trip to Tunisia. Both Etoile and Zesco seek their first Group D wins after drawing their respective opening games last week. Lwandamina has also opted for back-up in midfield for the away game, dropping defender Bornwell Silengo and striker Logic Chingandu. Earlier on Tuesday, Swallows will face Agosto in the other Group D match in Manzini.
May 13, 2018 21:45 UTC
Moroccan government has reacted to a boycott campaign that targeted three leading companies producing gas, bottled water and milk saying the boycott was based on fake news. The government vowed to bring those who spread fake news to incite the boycott to justice. The Government however is concerned at the long-term impact of such a boycott on the economy and the dairy sector, which employs 460,000 people. The minister of General Affairs has even raised a potential impact of the boycott campaign on foreign investment. Observers see that the boycott campaign may abate in Ramadan as demand on milk is usually higher.
May 13, 2018 15:56 UTC
Morocco is the third largest investor in Côte d’Ivoire with €313 million invested in the West African country in the last five years, said Thierry Badou, head of the Ivorian investment promotion center (CEPICI). “Morocco, France and Mauritius are the top 3 biggest investors in the country”, said Badou. In 2015, Morocco topped the list of foreign investors in Côte d’Ivoire with 22% of overall investments, he said. Moroccan enterprises in the country operate notably in the fields of construction, new information technologies, agri-food, trade and pharmaceutics, he added. Morocco was outpaced by France in 2016, but is now coming back in the race, exploring new partnership and investment opportunities.
May 13, 2018 15:33 UTC
South Africa’s national government is taking over the running of its troubled North West province, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) said on Sunday. Protestors also demanded the resignation of the local government leader Supra Mahumapelo, a member of Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC). Mahumapelo, a key political ally of former president Jacob Zuma, has since gone on a leave of absence. Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Zuma in February, has vowed to tackle governance issues and root out corruption in Africa’s most industrialised economy. The Sunday Times newspaper said that the North West move is the first time the national government has taken control of an entire provincial administration.
May 13, 2018 11:15 UTC
An Egyptian activist was on Friday arrested for complaining about sexual harassment on social media. Amal Fathy had hit out against national institutions for failing to protect women from sexual harassment and called out the failing state of human rights in the country. Brave activist #AmalFathy spoke out on #FB about sexual harassment in #Egypt. “Amal Fathy criticised the Egyptian government for failing to protect women, and her arrest has shown just how pertinent her concerns are. Egypt is one of Africa’s countries with the highest rates of sexual harassment.
May 13, 2018 10:52 UTC
The missiles supplied by Iran through its proxy Hezbollah to the Polisario separatists could take down commercial aircraft, military expert Dore Gold said. “Morocco now has documentation of arms deliveries that were made by Hezbollah to the Polisario. These included SAM-9 and SAM-11 surface-to-air missiles, and not just the older-generation SAM-7 (Strela) missiles that have previously proliferated throughout the Middle East,” said Dore Gold of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Morocco has cut its diplomatic ties with Iran which facilitated, through its embassy in Algiers, an alliance between Hezbollah and the Polisario. “Hezbollah is a critical arm for Iran in the Middle East since their operatives speak Arabic, as opposed to Farsi (Persian), the language spoken in Iran,” he said.
May 12, 2018 14:15 UTC
“The group that claimed responsibility for the killing of four US and four Nigerian soldiers in Western Niger last October is led by Polisario member Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, a well-known figure in regional jihadist circles,” the voice of America reported. In 2015, Al-Sahrawi issued a bay’a, or pledge of allegiance, to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the overall leader of the Islamic State militant network. According to Zenn, al-Sahrawi still has connections to many of the AQIM sub-groups in Mali because of his experiences. Morocco has been warning of an ongoing connivance between Polisario and terrorist groups in the Sahel. The disenchanted youth in the Polisairo-run camps are lured by the lucrative activities offered by terrorist networks that also engage in trafficking and criminal activities.
May 12, 2018 13:41 UTC
(Photo by Akihiro Sano)ISTANBUL -- Much has been written in recent years on China's growing influence in Africa. But it has a challenger in Turkey, which, like China, is looking to expand its strategic and economic reach. Turkey has good relations with the emerging superpower, but that has not stopped it from competing vigorously with China in Africa. Its competitors included state-run China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation. While Turkey jockeys with China for influence in Africa, it also shrewdly welcomes Chinese investment, including a project to make electric vehicle batteries in Turkey.
May 12, 2018 12:45 UTC
Don’t forget that it was under the command of President Buhari that over 400 unarmed Shiites were killed by the Nigerian military. Don’t forget that it was under the supervision of President Buhari that over 300 unarmed IPOB “members” were killed by the Nigerian military. And the bitter truth is that Buhari never came to govern or to lead Nigeria: he came to torment her. In Mambilla, over 1000 Fulani were killed in cold blood…We call on all Fulani to prepare for the Jihad. These are indeed the sons of satan and the seed of Beelzebub.
May 12, 2018 11:03 UTC
Photo: Presidency ZaMBOMBELA – President Cyril Ramaphosa said he will work with the leadership in the North West Province to resolve current political issues there. ANC President Cde @CyrilRamaphosa chats to members of the media subsequent to this morning’s walk. pic.twitter.com/jtJjdeB3cv — African National Congress (@MYANC) May 12, 2018“The ANC is a living organisation. We always find the ANC way to resolve issues” ANC President Cde @CyrilRamaphosa pic.twitter.com/7PPl3kTlEW — African National Congress (@MYANC) May 12, 2018“Let us not lose hope. Let us focus ourselves on everything that is positive...” Comrade President Ramaphosa addresses walkers on conclusion of this morning’s walk pic.twitter.com/o3qrCyuC3V — African National Congress (@MYANC) May 12, 2018eNCA
May 12, 2018 10:30 UTC