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Ugandan activists praise Zuma’s incarceration, say ruling shows strength of rule of law in SA
9 July 2021, 9:33 PM

Activists in Uganda have heaped praise on South Africa’s judicial system following the start of Jacob Zuma’s jail term. They say the case demonstrates the rule of law.

There’s been both applause and admiration for the South African justice system for the landmark court decision. The civil activists SABC News spoke to say Zuma’s incarceration shows the strength of the rule of law in the southern African country and the kind Uganda itself should learn from.

The former South African president started his 15 months sentence for contempt of court this week.

Zuma had earlier launched an appeal against his imprisonment.

“South Africa’s Constitutional Court is the most powerful constitutional court in Africa. It was set-up by ANC. So you abuse your own institutions! Once its your time to appear to them then they become incompetent, biased. Questions of bias are raised within courts. So he denied himself a chance to be heard,” says the Executive Director at the Centre for Constitutional Governance, Sarah Bireete.

Uganda’s Anti-Coalition’s Executive Director, Cissy Kagaba, is also impressed.

“The reason I say they are dealing with these matters better than us is because the institutions have tried to be independent. It’s always very difficult to draw a line. We always talk about the doctrine of separation of powers but again the line is very narrow and I think they have tried,” explains Kagaba.

SA’s judicial system praised:

Activists in Uganda say, the key lesson is the creation of an independent judicial structure; something that’s still a challenge for many African governments. – Report by Leon Ssenyange 

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KZN police working with NPA to formulate charges following Friday’s chaotic scenes
9 July 2021, 8:55 PM

KwaZulu-Natal police say they are working closely with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to formulate charges related to the protest action that took place across several areas in the province on Friday.

The protests are believed to be linked to former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters who are angry over his arrest.

In a statement, spokesperson Vish Naidoo says some of the charges they are formulating include malicious damage to property, arson, looting and the blocking and damage of national roads in and around Durban.

Protesters used burning tyres, rubble and abandoned vehicles to barricade a number of key roads.

A wrap of pro-Zuma protests in KZN:

Naidoo says the actions arose from calls made by certain prominent persons and it is these individuals who will most likely face charges.

Earlier, police arrested 13 protesters in eMpangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal. They are also believed to be Zuma’s supporters.

Law enforcement authorities are expected to continue monitoring hotspots across the province as the former president’s Constitutional Court hearing for a rescission of his 15-month sentence approaches on Monday.

In a statement, the provincial government warned against unlawful violent protests and called for calm.

Senegal to build COVID-19 vaccine plant in bid to expand African access
9 July 2021, 7:25 PM

Construction of a new plant in Senegal to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines is expected to begin later this year, and the facility should produce 25 million doses per month by the end of 2022, the financers of the project said on Friday. The Institut Pasteur in Senegal’s capital Dakar, which will run the plant, and various European development partners said the facility would help Africa reduce its dependence on vaccine imports, which currently account for 99% of its needs.

That reliance on outside manufacturing has proved costly during the pandemic. Only a little more than 1% of the continent’s population has been fully vaccinated, and many African countries are now seeing fresh spikes in cases.

European countries and institutions, including the European Commission, European Investment Bank, France and Germany, committed 6.75 million euros ($8.01 million) in grants to support construction of the plant during a ceremony in Dakar. The investment comes on top of previous commitments by Germany and France and is part of a 1 billion euro ($1.19billion) initiative announced by the European Commission in May to bolster access to vaccines and other medicines in Africa.

“With today’s agreement, Team Europe is helping Senegal move one important step closer to producing its own vaccines and protecting Africans from COVID-19 and other diseases,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in the statement. The statement did not say which vaccines would be produced in Senegal.

There are currently fewer than 10 African manufacturers that produce vaccines in Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare produces the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Senegal’s Institut Pasteur is the only facility in Africa currently producing a vaccine – a yellow fever shot – that is pre-qualified by the World Health Organisation, which requires manufacturers to meet strict international standards.

Discussion on the access to COVID-19 vaccine in southern Africa:

Rwanda begins deploying 1 000 security officers to Mozambique
9 July 2021, 3:59 PM

Rwanda has begun deploying a thousand security officers to Mozambique.

The contingent consists of members of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and Rwanda National Police (RNP). The officers will be deployed to Cabo Delgado Province, which is currently affected by terrorism and insecurity, a statement from the government indicated.

The statement issued on Friday indicated that the deployment followed a request from the Mozambique government to Rwanda. Images on various Rwandan social media sites showed uniformed security officers boarding a Rwanda Air flight.

It further indicated that the security forces will work closely with the Mozambican Armed Defence Forces as well as forces from the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

SADC has indicated that beginning Thursday next week, member countries of the regional economic bloc will begin deploying troops to Mozambique to help combat the insurgent for a period of three months.

Thousands of people have been killed and thousands more have been displaced since 2017 in attacks linked to an insurgent group operating in the north of Mozambique.

Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province could become the next target for militant insurgency:

Last month, SADC agreed to send troops to combat to the GAR rich region.

Magashule to appeal high court ruling on his suspension
9 July 2021, 2:49 PM

Suspended ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, says he will appeal the High Court’s ruling on his suspension.

Earlier on Friday, the high court in Johannesburg dismissed Magashule’s application to overturn his suspension from the governing ANC.

The Johannesburg court ruled that his two months suspension was lawful and valid.

It also rejected Magashule’s suspension of ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa in a letter that was written to him on May 3. It found that the grounds on which Magashule sought to suspend Ramaphosa were not aligned to the requirements.

Angelo Fick dissects the outcome of the case:

In a statement, Magashule describes Friday’s ruling as incorrect. He says he will continue his bid to have the ANC’s step-aside rule and the clause in the party’s constitution used to suspend him declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

The ANC SG is among ANC leaders who were required to step-aside until criminal cases against them are finalised. When he didn’t temporarily vacate his office within the stipulated period, he was suspended.

Magashule is facing fraud and corruption charges in the Bloemfontein Regional Court relating to a R250 million asbestos project, which the Free State government undertook while he was premier.

 

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