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PEN Report: Criminal Defamation is Used to Stifle Dissent in Africa

As far as journalists are concerned, criminal defamation is a serious problem hampering the media and undermining the watchdog role of journalists in many African countries. Typically, criminal defamation is used by political and business leaders in particular, to prevent journalists from investigating and writing about personal corruption, corruption in government departments or corruption in business.

African Judges Presiding over African Presidents

Zuma is now to have his day in court, after years of legal action to prevent that day from ever arriving. The charges relate to a multi-billion US dollar arms deal struck by SA and from which he is alleged to have profited corruptly via bribes paid to him by Schabir Shaik, a businessman already convicted and sentenced for bribery.

Ugandan Judge Sues Attorney-General

The case, heard in the country’s constitutional court, came out of a settlement order finalized by the judge. One of the parties to that dispute was a government department, and when the agreed amount was due to be paid, the Public Accounts Committee of parliament ordered the judge to appear before it and justify his decision. When he refused to do so the parliamentary committee made a report against him that was adopted by parliament, “purporting to veto” his decision in the high court.

Judge faces impeachment over drunken misconduct - 11 years later

WHEN SA TV viewers saw the video footage they could hardly believe their eyes: high court judge Nkola Motata had driven his Jaguar into the wall of a private resident in Johannesburg. Not just that. He was obviously drunk and disorderly, swearing at those who arrived to deal with the situation and resisting arrest. That was in January 2007. Since then the judge has been on suspension, with full pay.

ZIMBABWEAN IMMIGRANT BRINGS ABOUT LEGAL CHANGE IN THE UK

THE man behind this extraordinary story is a 30-year-old Zimbabwean, known only as “JM”. Born HIV-positive, he struggled with health issues until, in 2002, he became really sick and his aunt advised him to go the UK and seek treatment there.

When he arrived, he said he was there for a holiday – clearly not true, said the court later, since he had gone for the clear purpose of finding treatment.

Kenyan court of appeal ruling

THANKS to the firm line taken by three appeal court judges, activist Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna, deported to Canada last month under unprecedented circumstances, will now be able to return to his homeland on 26 March as he plans.

His forced expulsion from Kenya, carried out in flagrant contravention of judicial orders, led to several courts issuing decisions on his arrest and deportation. Among these was a crucial ruling by high court judge Luka Kimaru that Miguna must be allowed to return to Kenya – the land of his birth – at state expense, on a day of his choosing.

South Africa: Customary Initiation Bill, 2018

The South African Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs gazetted on 16 March 2018 a notice of intention to introduce the Customary Initiation Bill, 2018 in the National Assembly.

The main objectives of the Bill are—

(a) to protect, promote and regulate initiation;

(b) to provide acceptable norms and standards with a view to ensure that initiation takes place in a controlled and safe environment; and

(c) to provide for the protection of life and the prevention of any abuse

 

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