The Late Night Recap: JACOB ZUMA’S TRIAL

ZUMA’S TRIAL

Former South African President Jacob Zuma may go to jail for two years if the country’s Constitutional Court grants an application by the State Capture Commission. The Court today reserved its judgment on the Commission’s application to charge Zuma with contempt of court. Zuma has persistently flouted the Constitutional Court’s order for him to appear before the commission in February, forcing it to approach the court for the contempt ruling. 

NOT DECENT

Still from South Africa, A video has been circulating on social media, showing Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu being told to leave the premises a shopping mall by the manager. The manager who invoked the mall’s right of admissionhas been suspended after attempting to deny entrance to Mahlangu, who was dressed in traditional Ndebele attire. The Ndebele people live in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa.

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MOZAMBIQUE INSECURITY

Staying in Southern Africa, Mozambique’s Defense Ministry has reported an attack by militants in the northern town of Palma. The attack occurred close to a multi-billion-dollar gas project run by French oil giant Total. Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Omar Saranga notes there are no reports of casualties, because the area is unreachable by telephone. The attackers had forced residents to flee the village and seek refuge in the forest, as they targeted banks, shops, a hotel and the riot police barracks. The shooting ended in the early hours of Thursday when Mozambican government troops finally regained control of the town.

TEACHERS IN MALAWI RESUME STRIKE

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has resolved to resume their strike following government’s failure to provide teachers with allowances for personal protective equipment (PPE) as agreed earlier this month. TUM president Willie Malimba says they have rejected the proposal to have teachers provided with cash equivalent to PPE for three months. The body has since given government seven days’ notice for the strike as prescribed by law.

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CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY   

A senior Libyan military commander wanted for war crimes, Mahmoud al-Werfalli has been killed. According to a security source, al-Werfali was with his cousin in his car in the eastern city of Benghazi, when they were shot. Al-Werfalli and his cousin, whose name was not given, sustained grave injuries and died on arrival at the Benghazi Medical Center, located near the scene of the shooting. The army officer had two arrest warrants pending before the International Criminal Court. He was accused by the International Criminal Court of “war crimes, torture, cruel treatment, crimes against humanity and other inhumane crimes.

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THIS RECAP WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY MOJISOLA ADEBOLA, OMOTAYO SHOBITAN AND IBIYEMI ABOYADE.

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