Africa

Nigeria parents risk jail if children miss school 26 February 2018 LAGOS - Nigeria’s oil-rich Bayelsa state is threatening parents who do not make sure their children go to school with jail terms. The state signed the new law into the books amid concerns children were not attending class despite the fact that it spent 70bn naira ($200m; £140m) on new school b...
Nigeria Boko Haram: Search stepped up for 110 kidnapped schoolgirls 26 February 2018 NIGERIA - Nigeria has deployed extra troops and planes to search for 110 schoolgirls believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram militants last week. The girls went missing after jihadists stormed their school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Yobe state on 19 February. President ...
Mozambique rubbish dump collapse kills 17 20 February 2018 MAPUTO - At least 17 people - including children - have been killed in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, and many more injured after a huge mound of rubbish collapsed, officials say. The pile of waste, some 15m (49ft) high, gave way in heavy rains at 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT) on Monday. The ...
SA president Zuma resigns 15 February 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party's decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote o...
ANC formally asks Zuma to go 13 February 2018 South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign, a senior party official has confirmed. The decision to "recall" him "urgently" followed marathon talks of the ANC's top leadership body. Mr Zuma, 75, agreed to step down, but only in the...
ANC resolves to recall Zuma 13 February 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling ANC party ended marathon closed-door talks early Tuesday morning resolving to remove the scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma as head of state after he refused to resign, local media reported. The party later announced a media briefing to be held at 12:00pm to discus...
ANC ups pressure on Zuma 6 February 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling party has called a meeting of its top body for Wednesday, amid growing pressure on President Jacob Zuma to stand down. In a statement, the ANC said the meeting would discuss the "management of the transition" between the Zuma administration and the next one...
I love Trump for being frank with Africans: Uganda president 25 January 2018 KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has given a speech declaring his "love" for US President Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Mr Trump was accused of referring to African nations as "shithole" countries during an immigration meeting. Mr Trump has denied making the remarks but US ...
Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies 23 January 2018 Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and "the father of South African jazz", has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had "passed peacefully" in Johannesburg "after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer". Mas...
Liberia's Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration 20 January 2018 Monrovia - Incoming Liberian president George Weah on Saturday sought to dispel accusations he is ill-prepared to take the reins of his fragile west African country, and said his priority would be maintaining peace. Former international footballer Weah played a friendly match against the Liber...
Grace Mugabe's son 'sneaks out supercars'… but then they crashed 20 January 2018 Harare - Three 'supercars' owned by ousted Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe and her son have been involved in an accident in Botswana, a newspaper says. Mmegi Online said on its Twitter account that the three vehicles "believed to be belonging to Grace Mugabe" had had a "freak accident" on t...
Zuma's actions proof that he remains in charge - DA 20 January 2018 Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s leave to appeal the North Gauteng High Court ruling that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) proves that he remains in charge, the DA said on Saturday. In a statement, DA MP Glynnis Breytenb...
Bushiri Followers Fail To Stop Police From Closing Churches 20 January 2018 BOTSWANA - The Enlightened Christian Gathering Church International (ECG) of the flamboyant Malawian prophet, Shepherd Bushiri has failed to stop the police from enforcing an order by the Registrar of Societies to cancel the registration of the church and stop fellowship. ECG, represented by a...
Ramaphosa camp divided over SG vote dispute 19 December 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's camp is deeply divided by the dispute over Senzo Mchunu's defeat. A leader from a province that supported Mchunu has dismissed the dispute lodged over 63 "non-existent" votes, and has urged the rest of the Ramapahosa team to accept t...
Eskom urged to appoint new boss 12 December 2017 SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday said the newly appointed board of Eskom should prioritise the appointment of a permanent chief executive and finalise disciplinary action against a number of its executives. The search for a new chief executive com...
Tanzania's Magufuli sacks officials for forgeting road budget 8 November 2017 DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked two public officials after scolding one of them on live TV. He had asked the two municipal directors what their budget was for road construction in their districts. Neither could recall on the spot, and a few hours later both offi...
Kenyatta re-elected in disputed poll 1 November 2017 NAIROBI - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election. Odinga boycotted the re-run because he said that no reforms had been made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after the Supreme Court found irreg...
Liberia ruling party contests result of presidential vote 30 October 2017 MONROVIA - Liberia's ruling party on Sunday announced a formal complaint against the electoral commission over the outcome of the October 10 presidential poll, days before a runoff involving its candidate, Vice-President Joseph Boakai. The Unity Party said it would join two other parties in se...
Security tightened as Kenya goes to vote 26 October 2017 NAIROBI - Security has been tightened in Kenya as voting takes place in a re-run of the presidential election, which is being boycotted by the main opposition. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful. Opposition leader Rai...
Move to prosecute Zuma's son 18 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - South African lobby group Afriforum has announced plans to privately prosecute President Jacob Zuma’s son. The group says it wants to prosecute Duduzane Zuma on manslaughter, or culpable homicide, charges emanating from a car crash in which a 27-year-old woman died in 2014. T...
Liberia poll: Ex-football star George Weah takes lead 13 October 2017 FREETOWN - Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead. Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted. His main rival, incumbe...
Malawi imposes curfew over 'vampire' killings 11 October 2017 LILONGWE - Malawi government has imposed a night-time curfew to prevent any more deaths after at least five people were killed by people accused of behaving like vampires. The UN says it has pulled staff out of two districts as the vampire scare sweeps across the south of the country. Accor...
Paramedics robbed in Joburg while helping patient 10 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Two paramedics were robbed at gunpoint in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning, the City of Johannesburg EMS said. Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the paramedics had just picked up a patient in Second Street at around 02:00, and had started driving when two arm...
16 die as gunmen attack Mozambique police 8 October 2017 MAPUTO - Suspected Islamists attacked a string of police stations in a small town in northern Mozambique killing two policemen but 14 of the gunmen were slain, police said on Saturday. Police have been slow in releasing details of the attacks which occurred on Thursday and Friday in Mocimboa d...
Flood warning for Joburg as 'thunderstorm' strikes 6 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Johannesburg have been warned to take extra precautions, as heavy rainfall could result in localised flooding. Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said that the country had "officially entered into thunderstorm season". He warned residents in low lyin...