South African President Jacob Zuma says the world needs political will to change the structure of the global economy In order to achieve sustainable development and inclusive growth. He was addressing the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York last night. The president also reiterated South Africa's call for the UN member states to dismantle their nuclear weapons and instead to use them for peaceful means. Ntebo Mokobo has more.
The African Union says Africa has its own judicial mechanism to try cases involving African nations. This, in response to the UN Security Council's decision to ask the International Criminal Court to prosecute some individuals from Burundi. The UN claims that some top government officials have continued to commit human rights violations in the country but go unpunished. Coletta Wanjohi reports..
Members of Burundi's ruling party marched in the capital Bujumbura to condemn a recent UN commission of inquiry report which said crimes against humanity, including killings and sexual violence, are being committed in the East African nation. Protesters accused the Commission of being manipulated by the European Union, and ruling CNDD-FDD party Secretary General has urged the UN to reject the report. Bernard Bankukira report from Bujumbura.
South African President Jacob Zuma will convene a Southern African Development Community double-Troika Summit to discuss political tensions in Lesotho today. The Heads of State Summit will feature a report back from the Ministerial Fact-Finding Mission which was deployed to the mountain kingdom last month - following the assassination of the head of the army. The Summit will take place in Pretoria. Noma Bolani reports..
Today it will be 40 years since South African anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Steve Biko died. A full calendar of events has been planned at various venues throughout the country this month to celebrate the legacy of Biko. King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape Province hosted a sporting event in his name much to the delight of scholars from the area. Over 30 schools took part. The Steve Biko Foundation believes sport is one of the best tools to encourage unity. Yanga Funani has more.
South African President Jacob Zuma has condemned the continuing political killings in KwaZulu-Natal Province. This follows the death of former ANC Youth League secretary general, Sindiso Magaqa, on Monday. He succumbed to multiple wounds sustained when he was shot during an ambush in July this year. Speaking during a visit to the family, ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said political killings in the province would only end when party members acted in accordance with their consciences. Dlamini-Zuma and the party's provincial chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, led a delegation to pay their respects to Magaqa's family. Vusi Makhosini reports....
The reopening of the 2017, 2018 school year has been very timid in Cameroon's English speaking regions with millions of school children failing to show up in educational establishments after 9 months of absence during which they were pressing for the unconditional release of all English speakers arrested in connection with the strike over the overbearing use of French. Last week, president Biya released 3 Anglophone leaders and 52 others, but activists insisted that 20 others should be released and those on exile called back before children will be allowed to go to school. Moki Kindzeka reports from Bamenda, north western Cameroon.
Millions of Kenyans are still celebrating the historical verdict delivered last Friday by the country's Supreme Court, which officially nullified re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The nullification followed a petition filed by Kenya's veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga challenging Kenyatta's victory on allegations of election malpractices, and irregularities. James Shimanyula prepared this special report..
Cameroon's president Paul Biya has ordered a military court to drop its prosecution of three Anglophone activists and some of their supporters in a bid to ease tensions in the central African nation's minority English-speaking regions. The activists were arrested following mass protests late last year by English speakers demanding equal treatment in the majority Francophone country. Human Rights group Amnesty International which has been campaigning for the release of detained activists has welcomed the Presidential decision, but the group is also urging the authorities to release many others that are still in detention on what it says are trumped-up charges. Samira Daoud, Amnesty International's deputy regional director for West and Central Africa has more.
Despite a new administration in Washington, the commitment of the United States to Africa's development remains unwavering. That's the assurance from the new USAID/Southern Africa Mission Director, John Groarke, who will be responsible for all USAID programming in the SADeC region for the next 4 years. USAID's programs in the region promote trade and investment, combat gender-based violence, increase basic literacy and support the South African government to fight the duel epidemics of HIV/AIDS and TB, amongst others. Mr Groarke paid a visit to Channel Africa to tell us more about his past experience on the African continent, and his future vision..
The state of Africa's medical laboratories and their ability to diagnose disease have come under the spotlight at the 67th Session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee meeting for Africa, which is taking place this week in Victoria Fall in Zimbabwe. Our reporter, Elizabeth Lediga is attending the five-day meeting and has the details....
British charity organisation, Oxfam has warned that South Africa's efforts to alleviate poverty will fail because government's policies do not put enough focus on job creation. The warning comes after Statistics South Africa released its Africa poverty trends for the period from 2006 to 2015. According to the report, 55 percent of South Africans are living in poverty, with children being the most vulnerable. Thembinkosi Dlamini of Oxfam South Africa has some advice for the government: