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Minister Nzimande to Give Update On Plans for Tertiary Institutions

Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande will hold a briefing on Saturday on further measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, ahead of the country's expected shift to Level 3 of the national lockdown on 1 June. Nzimande is expected to speak on plans for higher education, as well as concerns raised by the public on funding, and the return of medical students to campus. He will also speak about research being car..

Lockdown Level 3 – EFF Says No to Booze Sales and Opening of Schools

The EFF says that liquor sales, along with schools, should not reopen until more scientific data is available to ensure they will not lead to the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement on Thursday, the party said there was "currently no creditable scientific data that illustrates that the easing of the lockdown regulations, even with precautionary measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and constantly using hands sanitisers will not lea..

Informal Traders Alliance Pleads With Authorities to Lift Tobacco Ban

The South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) has written to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), calling for the ban on tobacco products to be lifted. In an open letter, dated 18 May, SAITA stated that it understood the need for extraordinary measures to be put in place to fight Covid-19, but that its sector had been hit the hardest by the regulations. "Our spaza shops and traders, according to statistics provided by them, de..

Nigeria: Mass Trials of Boko Haram Suspects Test Criminal Justice System

Nigeria is expected to conduct a fourth phase of mass trials for Boko Haram suspects currently in military detention. A start date for these proceedings hasn't yet been fixed. The country's mass trials of terrorism offences in 2017 and 2018 show a positive inclination to use the courts rather than just the military to deal with terrorism. Criminal justice responses based on the rule of law are key as they strengthen the legitimacy of t..

Africa: How African Countries Are Dealing With Elections During COVID-19

Five countries have gone ahead with elections. Nine have postponed. A dozen more are up in the air. Despite the risks posed by the coronavirus, Burundi goes to the polls today for general elections. In the run up to this vote, the country has not taken drastic measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Since late-April, there have been large-scale campaign events throughout the country with little social distancing. After the World Health Org..

Africa: Let’s Prepare for a Marathon Struggle Against COVID-19

African health practitioners should own the narrative of the coronavirus pandemic and take advantage of Africa's experience of other outbreaks of disease in order to mount a tailored response, says the writer in a guest column for AllAfrica. It has been close to three months now since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Africa. The infection curves are today much flatter than those seen in France, Italy or the United States. Contrar..

Tanzania: Kenya Shuts Borders With Tanzania, Somalia Over COVID-19

Kenya has shut its borders with Somalia and Tanzania as the country strives to stem further spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address to the nation on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he was imposing more measures after it emerged that some of the cases had crossed the border from Tanzania and Somalia. "If we do not take additional precautionary measures and get even more serious in implementing existing guidelines, the number of..

East Africa: Death and Destruction as Floods Rain Havoc Across East Africa

East Africa continues to suffer the effects of flooding and landslides as more than 481,000 people are currently displaced and over 360 people have died. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs has warned of more rainfall this month. Already, Lake Victoria, which is shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, has hit the highest water levels in over 50 years, at 13.45 metres, causing widespread flooding in many areas. "With the o..

Rwanda: Rwandan Genocide Fugitive Arrested After 25 Years On the Run

French police arrested one of the last key suspects sought over the Rwandan genocide on Saturday, prosecutors and police said. Felicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda's richest men and accused of financing the genocide, was living under a false identity in the French capital's suburbs, the public prosecutor's office and the police said in a joint statement. The operation, carried out at dawn, resulted in the arrest of a fugitive "who..

Rwanda: Rwanda’s Most Wanted Genocide Fugitive Arrested in France

Rwanda genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga was on Saturday arrested in Paris region, the French justice ministry and the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals announced. Kabuga, 84, has been living under a false identity in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, near Paris. He had evaded justice for 25 years as Rwanda relentlessly pursued his arrest, listing him among the biggest suspects. "The arrest of Felicien Kabuga today is a remi..

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