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18 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The chair of the African Union (AU) [official website], Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma [official website], expressed concern that Burundi's recent violence could be "catastrophic" for not only Burundi itself, but surrounding countries as well. Burundi erupted in violence in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] began his campaign for a … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] South African President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile] on Monday stated that the governing African National Congress (ANC) [party website] will not condone political violence. The statement came as 30 of his supporters [eNCA report], three minors and 27 adults, were expected to appear in the Nkandla Magistrate Court for … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize deployment of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR) following escalating violence in the nation's capital Bangui. Through Security Council Resolution 2127 [materials], the UNSC approved the existing International Support Mission (MISCA), a peacekeeping force created … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed shock and sadness [press release] on Friday concerning the brutal rape and murder [Reuters report] of 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Pillay urged South Africa to take a stronger approach to prevent the ongoing sexual violence incidents … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The North Gauteng High Court at Pretoria in South Africa on Thursday convicted of high treason the leader of an extremist group responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Mike du Toit, leader of the white supremacist group Boeremag [backgrounder], has been on trial for nine … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday was elected the first female leader of the African Union (AU) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Dlamini-Zuma, 63, is the South African Minister of Home Affairs. She was voted into office [AP report] on Sunday evening after she successfully challenged the incumbent … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] South African President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile] announced Saturday that he will be issuing pardons [text], known as "special remissions," to 35,000 offenders in order to ease prison overcrowding. The remissions were issued in honor of Freedom Day commemorating Nelson Mandela [BBC profile] winning the nation's first all-race elections … [read more]

Legal News
12 Aug 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) [official website] sent an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday expressing concerns over plans by the African National Congress (ANC) [party website] to create a special court to punish press outlets that publish sensitive … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] South African journalists on Sunday expressed disdain [statement] for proposed media regulations that they claim will inhibit freedom of expression and media freedom. A declaration by South African Press Council [official website] chairman Raymond Louw criticizing the regulation was published in every major South African newspaper. Louw said he … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US military on Thursday transferred control over Camp Cropper [JURIST news archive] to Iraqi authorities as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. Despite the transfer, the US will maintain advisers and inspectors [CNN report] in the detention facility to respond to any allegations of … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Iraq's justice minister announced Wednesday that 26 former officials in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] have been transferred from US to Iraqi custody as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. The prisoners, transferred from Camp Cropper [JURIST news archive] to Kadhimiya prison … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The African National Congress (ANC) [party website] was formally declared the winner of South African parliamentary elections Saturday, but its win fell short of the two-thirds majority [BBC report] of seats needed to change or amend the country's constitution and pass legislation on its own. The election clears the … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) [official website] leader Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday called on the Judicial Service Commission [governing statute text] to conduct a review of the country's Constitutional Court [official website], saying the court has too much power and had abused its … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) [official website] announced Monday that it is dropping all corruption charges against African National Congress (ANC) [official website] leader Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The acting director of the NPA, Mokotedi Mpshe, issued a statement [text, DOC] that called … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) [official website] on Tuesday held [judgment, PDF; media summary, PDF] that the judges of the Constitutional Court [official website] acted lawfully in filing a grievance against Cape Judge President John Hlophe alleging that Hlophe had tried to influence their decision in … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] South Africa's Pietermaritzburg High Court announced Wednesday that the corruption trial of African National Congress (ANC) [political website] leader Jacob Zuma [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and arms dealer Thint would be delayed [timetable, PDF] until after the country's presidential election. The agreement calls for Zuma to apply for … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa [official website] on Monday reinstated [judgment, PDF] charges against political leader Jacob Zuma [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive], overruling the decision of the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The court found that the lower court judge had overstepped his authority when he dismissed … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2008
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Former South African President Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday asked to be joined as amicus curiae to an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] challenging the dismissal of all fraud and corruption charges against Jacob Zuma [BBC news profile; JURIST news archive], … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The South African Constitutional Court [official website] Wednesday refused to hear an appeal brought by former president Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of a lower court ruling that dismissed corruption charges against his rival, African National Congress (ANC) [party website] president Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]

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