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General elections in South Africa: “Jacob Zuma could”

Thirty years after its first free elections, South Africa is preparing for legislative and provincial elections on May 29, just before the presidential election. Polls suggest that the ANC might lose its absolute majority in the Assembly for the first time. Plagued by allegations of corruption and poor governance, the party that fought against Apartheid is now challenged by dissent from former President Jacob Zuma, who will represent another party. Marianne Séverin, research associate at the Les Afriques dans le monde…

South Africa: Pastor and Congolese exile’s residence

The home of Congolese pastor Joseph Mukungubila was attacked on the night of Saturday, April 7. The unsuccessful candidate in the 2006 presidential election and opponent of Joseph Kabila fled to Johannesburg after being sentenced to death in 2015 for attacks that resulted in dozens of deaths. He has since had his execution suspended and currently resides in the southern part of the South African metropolis, awaiting the possibility of returning to his home country one day.

Houthi attacks in the Red Sea divert the flow

Since three months, maritime traffic in the Red Sea has been disrupted by Houthi attacks. On Sunday, April 7th, the rebels claimed several more attacks. This has led cargo ships that usually pass through the Suez Canal - where nearly 30% of global container maritime traffic flows - to redirect massively through the African southern route via the Cape of Good Hope. Approximately 80% of traffic through the Suez Canal has thus declined, redirecting flows towards the western coast of Africa. A longer route on average by 40%,…

South Africa apprehends murder suspect who ignited concealment

Law enforcement officials in South Africa apprehended a murder suspect who inadvertently caused a fatal fire, resulting in the deaths of 77 individuals in Johannesburg last year. An unidentified 29-year-old confessed to beating and strangling a man in the building's basement before setting the body ablaze with gasoline and a match. This startling revelation occurred during his testimony at the investigation into the tragic fire that occurred in Johannesburg, one of the worst disasters in South Africa. The suspect admitted…

South Africa poised to bring Israel to the ICJ in historic case

South Africa is bringing Israel to the U.N.'s top court over "genocide" in Gaza, seeking to halt military operations. Pretoria sends top lawyers to The Hague for an ICJ showdown with expertise in international law and court arguments. A legal 'A-team' led by John Dugard and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi urges Israel to suspend military operations in Gaza. Israel's government calls the case an "absurd blood libel" and selects expert lawyer Malcolm Shaw to represent them at the ICJ. Shaw is known for advising on various…

South Africa pursues legal action against Israel

South Africa has initiated legal action against Israel by submitting a case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the mistreatment of Palestinians during ongoing attacks in Gaza. The ICJ confirmed that the application was lodged due to Israel allegedly violating its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide concerning Palestinians in Gaza. In their statement, South Africa accused Israel of genocidal acts with the specific intent to destroy Palestinians in Gaza as…

South Africa withdraws its diplomats from Israel in response to recent events.

South Africa made the decision on Monday to bring back its diplomats from Tel Aviv in order to reassess the bilateral relationship due to the increased violence and civilian casualties in Gaza. Cape Town has a history of advocating for peace in the Middle East and supporting Palestinians, drawing parallels between their struggle and South Africa's own fight against apartheid until 1994. Naledi Pandor referred to the recall of diplomats as a routine procedure, stating that it was necessary to evaluate the potential for…

“Developing regional value chains in Africa”

How can African companies be helped in the context of an international crisis? How to promote investment and trade on the continent despite the disorganization of the value chains on the continent? These are some of the assignments for International Finance Corporation (IFC), the leading development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Its CEO, Makhtar Diop, gave an interview to RFI to describe his actions and his…

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