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    African Union left in limbo following leadership vote impasse

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

    Guardian, 30 January 2012 A high-profile race for the post of chairman of the African Union (AU) commission entered deadlock on Monday, splitting the organisation into anglophone and francophone blocs.

    Swaziland students clash with police

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

    AFP, 30 January 2012 Police in Swaziland fired teargas Monday on students protesting their university’s failure to open for the semester, injuring several people, a student leader said.

    Launch of Corruption Watch in South Africa, General Secretary of COSATU

    Monday, January 30th, 2012

    COSATU, 26 January 2012 In this historic year when we celebrate the centenary of the oldest liberation movement in Africa, in the 18th year of our democracy and after 26 years of COSATU’s existence, we gather at this historic Constitutional Court – a court which is vested with the responsibility to ensure that our Constitution [...]

    Jailed Swazi Student leader nominated for Irish human rights award

    Monday, January 30th, 2012

    Stiff Kitten’s Blog, 25 January 2012 President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Maxwell Dlamini, has been nominated for the 2012 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. The award is presented by Front Line, an Irish-based human rights organisation founded by former director of the Irish Section of Amnesty [...]

    Mozambique: Twin storms leave 25 dead

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

    IRIN Africa, 25 January 2012 Two tropical storms in quick succession in Mozambique in recent days have left at least 25 dead, tens of thousands affected by flooding, and communications infrastructure damaged.

    Zimbabwe suspends state workers’ strike

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    Mail & Guardian Online, 24 January 2012 Zimbabwe union leaders on Tuesday suspended a strike that shuttered the nation’s schools as civil servants demanded a doubling of basic wages, on the eve of talks with the government, a spokesperson said.

    Swaziland: Government ready for 2013 elections

    Friday, January 20th, 2012

    Swazi Observer, 19 January 2012 GOVERNMENT is more than ready to conduct the national elections next year. This was revealed by Minister of Justice Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze. He was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) offices yesterday. 

    Swaziland: the students’ president is still in jail

    Friday, January 20th, 2012

    NUS Connect, 19 January 2012 Blog by Sibusiso Magnificent Nhlabatsi  Maxwell Dlamini, President of the Swaziland National Union of Students was arrested on April 2011. He was charged under the Explosives Act in that he was suspected to have had explosives. He made bail application at the Manzini Magistrate Court where the court refused to [...]

    Mozambique and SA’s Kruger park hit by deadly floods

    Thursday, January 19th, 2012

    BBC News, 19 January 2012 Four people have died and more than 4,000 others are without shelter after torrential rains in Mozambique. Three days of storms and high winds have hit water and power supplies and destroyed farm animals and cash crops.

    Lesotho: Ban on women chiefs must end

    Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

    AllAfrica.com, 17 January 2012 The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) today joined the fight to repeal parts of Lesotho’s discriminatory Chieftainship Act, which only allows the first-born son to succeed to chieftainship, by filing submissions in a landmark case that is due before the country’s Constitutional Court next month.

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