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    US General Motors settles apartheid reparations claim

    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

    Mail and Guardian, 29 February 2012 Twenty-five South Africans who suffered at the hands of the apartheid security police have claimed a small victory after a United States court ratified a settlement between the claimants and a bankrupt General Motors. It is claimed that the corporations produced parts of vehicles that were used by the [...]

    Lesotho’s PM Pakalitha Mosisili deserts political party

    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

    BBC, 29 February 2012 Pakalitha Mosisili has been Lesotho’s prime minister since 1998 Lesotho’s prime minister has resigned from the political party he has led for 15 years – saying he could no longer stop it from “falling apart”. Pakalitha Mosisili’s departure comes after two years of factional squabbles in the Lesotho Congress for Democracy.

    Congo embassy workers claim asylum in the UK

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    The Guardian, 20 February 2012 Three senior diplomats have resigned from their posts at the Congolese embassy in London and claimed asylum in the UK. Baby Kazadi Moussonzo, first secretary to the ambassador; Mamie Yaya Efunga, another first secretary; and Kabengele Mamba, second secretary, had between them a total of 14 years service at the [...]

    Swazi editor flees to South Africa

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 27 February 2012 The sacked chief editor of the Swazi Observer newspaper said on Monday that he has fled to South Africa in fear of his life after receiving a tip-off that police wanted to arrest him on terror charges.

    Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

    Sunday, February 26th, 2012

    The Guardian, 26 February 2012 Nelson Mandela has returned home from hospital, easing fears over his health and demonstrating his resilience and will to live at 93. South Africa’s first black president was discharged from One Military hospital in the capital, Pretoria, on Sunday and travelled in a VIP police convoy to his house in [...]

    South Africa: Some Global Fund monies finally released

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

    IRIN PlusNews, 22 February 2012 More than seven months overdue, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant will finally be released to key South African AIDS organizations that have been struggling to survive. Some were on the verge of shutting down. The Global Fund released US$7,106,426.91 to the South African National Treasury [...]

    Zanu PF and MDC T divided on process and content of “ draft” constitution

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 23 February 2012 Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s party said on Thursday it was pushing for a raft of changes to a draft constitution, meant to pave the way to new elections to replace a rocky power-sharing regime.

    Malawi: Pressure mounts for release of human rights activist

    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

    allAfrica.com, 21 February 2012 The storm around the arbitrary arrest and continued police persecution of Ralph Kasambara in Malawi shows no signs of abating. Indeed, pressure is mounting on the state with both the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Network of National Human Rights Institutions in West Africa (NNHRI-WA) demanding an [...]

    Zimbabwe: EU reduces number on list of targeted measures/sanctions

    Friday, February 17th, 2012

    European Union lifts more Zimbabwe sanctions BBC News The European Union has lifted some more of its sanctions against top officials and institutions in Zimbabwe. An EU diplomat said the bloc was ending measures against 20 entities and 51 people – including the justice and foreign ministers.

    Zimbabwe: European Union statement 17 February 2012

    Friday, February 17th, 2012

    European Union Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on Zimbabwe “The European Union is committed to supporting the peaceful progress and democratic development of the people of Zimbabwe. It reaffirms its support for the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which allowed the creation of the [...]

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