George Nene dies 7 April 2018, 8:46 AM

The former South African ambassador to Nigerian and Switzerland George Nene has died.

Peacekeeper shot dead in northern Mali: UN 7 April 2018, 8:31 AM

A peacekeeper from Niger was shot dead by militants in northern Mali on Friday, the UN's mission to the country said, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks on "Blue Helmets" in the conflict-torn country.

Sisulu apologises to King Letsie III 6 April 2018, 9:26 PM

International Relations Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu paid a courtesy visit to His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho on Friday. Minister Sisulu also offered a cow as an apology and a gesture of good will to the King. She visited the country to discuss among other things, the challenges at the Maseru Bridge, a border between […]

15 killed in Nigeria bank robbery, attack on police station 6 April 2018, 7:43 PM

Fifteen people were killed on Thursday when a gang of armed men attacked two banks and a police station in the Nigerian town of Offa, police told AFP Friday. The brazen assault happened in part of Nigeria’s volatile central region, where criminal gangs and cattle rustlers regularly attack security forces. “They attacked the police station […]

Grace Mugabe’s farm under invasion by illegal miners 6 April 2018, 5:16 PM

Zimbabwe's former first lady, Grace Mugabe's farm in Mazowe forty kilometers north of the capital Harare has been invaded by hundreds of illegal artisanal miners and panners commonly referred to as makorokoza.

DR Congo kidnappers release priest, kill 3 other people 6 April 2018, 4:39 PM

Kidnappers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have freed a priest in exchange for a ransom but three other people abducted in the troubled region have been killed, sources said Friday. Father Celestin Ngango was taken away by armed men on Sunday shortly after he had celebrated Easter mass in his parish, in the dioceses […]

Nigeria ex-president ‘unaware’ of Cambridge Analytica campaign role 6 April 2018, 6:57 AM

Nigerian former President Goodluck Jonathan "wasn't aware" of any use of Cambridge Analytica in his 2015 bid for re-election, says his spokesperson.

AU remembers Madikizela-Mandela 5 April 2018, 5:05 PM

The African Union (AU) commission visited the South African embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to express its condolence to the family of Winnie Madikizela Mandela and the country as a whole.

Losing candidate in Sierra Leone election plans legal challenge to result 5 April 2018, 3:35 PM

The losing candidate in Sierra Leone's presidential election, Samura Kamara, said on Wednesday (April 4) the voting was marred by fraud and he plans to launch a legal challenge to the result.

Lesothos’s BNP pays tribute to Madikizela-Mandela 5 April 2018, 7:51 AM

Lesotho's BNP and it's leader Thesele Maseribane have also paid tribute to late struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

EU tracking 65 000 migrant smugglers: Europol 5 April 2018, 6:24 AM

European law enforcement officials say they are tracking at least 65 000 migrant smugglers, twice as many as at the height of the migration crisis three years ago, as the illegal trade booms.

Kenya’s university lecturers protest demanding better salaries 4 April 2018, 7:36 PM

University lecturers in Kenya's public universities held street protests in Nairobi on Wednesday.

20 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army base 4 April 2018, 7:46 AM

Boko Haram killed at least 20 people and wounded scores of others in coordinated attacks on a military camp and villages around the flashpoint northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which they also tried to infiltrate across a defensive trench, says officials.

Madikizela-Mandela’s death saddening: Kenyatta 3 April 2018, 11:43 AM

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat have paid tribute to late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, terming the news of her death as saddening. Kenyatta described Mama Winnie as a heroine and a liberator. In a written tribute, President Kenyatta described Winnie Mandela as an icon who dedicated her […]

Amnesty calls on Mali to probe extrajudicial killings 3 April 2018, 6:18 AM

Amnesty International on Tuesday called on authorities in Mali to investigate extrajudicial killings following the discovery last week of a mass grave containing six bodies.

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 15 in Nigeria’s Maiduguri 2 April 2018, 8:33 PM

A Boko Haram attack in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed at least 15 people and wounded 83, a military spokesman said on Monday.

Mass action threat over ‘ill-treatment’ of Lesotho King 2 April 2018, 7:09 AM

A group calling itself Free Basotho Movement is organising mass action following what they consider an embarrassing ill-treatment of the Lesotho King recently and unfair handling of Basotho whose passports have been declared 'unwanted person' refused entry into South Africa for a five year period.

Ramaphosa congratulates Botswana’s new President 2 April 2018, 6:53 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, congratulated the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi on his Inauguration.

Al Shabaab attacks African Union base in Somalia – military 1 April 2018, 4:43 PM

Islamist insurgents battled for hours on Sunday with African Union troops after exploding a car bomb outside their base, Somali police, military and the militants said. Al Shabaab militants attacked the African Union (AU) peacekeepers’ base in the town Bulamarer, 130 kilometres southwest of the capital Mogadishu, around 9 a.m. local time, residents from the […]

Botswana’s new president vows to tackle unemployment 1 April 2018, 3:15 PM

Botswana's new president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, used his inauguration speech on Sunday to vow to tackle youth unemployment.

Residence corruption at CPUT can only be ended through collaborative effort: DA 1 April 2018, 11:31 AM

Corrupt practices in higher education residences draw resources and attention away from the genuine grievances of students who often do not have proper accommodation, and an urgent forensic investigation into the matter is required, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.

Mali war crimes suspect in custody: ICC 1 April 2018, 9:33 AM

The suspect, identified by the ICC as Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, was indicted for crimes allegedly committed as de-facto chief of Islamic police in Timbuktu in 2012.

Khama steps down as president after a decade at helm 31 March 2018, 9:34 PM

Ian Khama, a retired army general, stepped down as president of Botswana on Saturday, handing the diamond-rich country to his deputy after a decade at the helm.

Sierra Leone votes in delayed presidential run-off 31 March 2018, 8:19 PM

The handpicked successor of Sierra Leone’s outgoing president and a former coup leader faced off in the final round of a delayed run-off presidential election Saturday after a campaign marked by verbal sparring, sporadic violence and a last-minute legal battle. Challenger Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) held a narrow […]

Zimbabwe Miss Albinism aims to help end discrimination 31 March 2018, 4:17 PM

Sitembiso Mutukura has faced discrimination all her life.

DRC main opposition to be led by founder’s son 31 March 2018, 9:46 AM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition party on Saturday chose the son of its founder, a historic opposition figure, as its leader and presidential candidate in long delayed polls due at the end of the year.

Botwana's President Ian Khama.
Khama wraps up farewell tour 30 March 2018, 9:22 PM

President Ian Khama of Botswana this week wrapped up a national "farewell tour" before he stands down on Saturday in a power transfer designed to stress .his statesmanship and the country's stability.

Senior Senegal politician Khalifa Sall gets 5 years jail for fraud 30 March 2018, 3:00 PM

Leading Senegalese politician Khalifa Sall was handed a five-year jail term for fraud on Friday, a sentence that will rule him out of presidential elections due next February. Sall, 62, who is mayor of Dakar, had denied the charges against him as politically motivated. He had been accused of fraudulent use of public funds, for […]

Miguna claims assault before deportation 29 March 2018, 5:01 PM

A Kenyan opposition politician who government authorities deported despite a court order now says he was assaulted, drugged and then forcefully dragged onto a Dubai bound flight on Wednesday evening.

Gigaba to deploy additional staff at Maseru border post 29 March 2018, 2:20 PM

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says 30 additional staff will be deployed at the Maseru border post between Lesotho and South Africa for the Easter holidays.