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Jacob Zuma’s Detention Sparks Violent Protests, Looting




South Africa is under tension caused by massive protests triggered by the detention of the country’s former head of State who has battling state capture charges.

Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma blocked the N3 highway in Peacevale in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday as protesters continued to demand his release from the Estcourt prison, where he is serving his 15-month jail term for contempt of court.

Police in the KwaZulu-Natal province has said they were still dealing with sporadic incidents of looting and violence overnight in areas affected by the pro-Zuma protests.

Meanwhile, allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting have said the president would not interfere with the conviction and sentence of former president Jacob Zuma.

Protests are rapidly spreading to other parts of the country and there are reports of vandalism and looting.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s Wayne Minnaar said, “Maboneng has been affected by the violence. Anderson Street and Berea Road are closed off to traffic, and the M2 freeway is still blocked off in the east and west direction because of a very tense situation there where there are still tyres and rocks on the road. It’s not safe for motorists to drive.”

In piecing together this judicial affair, a legal expert has said former President Jacob Zuma should anticipate another loss as he prepares to appear before the Constitutional Court on Monday.

On Friday, the former president was dealt a blow when his bid before the Pietermaritzburg High Court to stay his arrest warrant and prison sentence were dismissed with the costs.

Zuma had approached the court after he was found guilty of being in contempt of an apex court judgment that directed him to appear and participate at the state capture commission.

The commission and the Helen Suzman Foundation opposed Zuma’s legal bid before the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

They argued that the court did not have jurisdiction to rule on the matter and Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni agreed with them – saying Zuma had invoked an incorrect and unprecedented procedure.

Legal expert Tyrone Mnguni said the former president’s rescission application – which will be heard on Monday – was also likely to fail.

“His own lawyers told the courts that ‘we are not coming,’ they cannot say that they did not know. They knew and had the opportunity, they refused to go. So you cannot wait until judgment is then given against you then you decide: ‘Actually, I don’t like the judgment so I am going to rescind it’. So rescinding is not applicable in this matter, and you will see it on Monday,” Mnguni said.

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UK Sanctions Two Wealth Africans Linked To State Corruption



The Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and a Zimbabwean business tycoon have been slammed with sanctions for enriching themselves at the expence of Citizens.

Early this week, the UK goverment said it had imposed sanctions on five foreign people who had been implicated in graft in their host countries.

The UK government said Teodoro Obiang Mangue, Equatorial Guinea’s vice president and the son of the nation’s incumbent leader, who was alleged to have the misappropriated state funds, entered into corrupt contracts and solicited bribes to fund a lavish lifestyle that was inconsistent with his official salary.

Extra details indicate that Teodoro Obiang is accused of buying a U$100 million mansion in Paris, France, a U$38 million private jet and a crystal-covered glove previously worn by pop singer Michael Jackson.

Meanwhile Zimbabwean Business tycoon, Kudakwashe Tagwirei, is accused of illicitly profiting when his company, Sakunda Holdings, redeemed Zimbabwean Treasury Bills for up to 10 times their official value.

The UK Government argues that Kudakwashe’s actions accelerated the deflation of Zimbabwe’s currency, increasing the price of food and other essentials, Raab’s office said. Kudakwashe has been linked to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

As part of punishment, the UK government has ordered asset freezes and travel bans “targeting individuals who have lined their own pockets at the expense of their citizens,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Thursday.

“The U.K. is committed to fighting the blight of corruption and holding those responsible for its corrosive effect to account,” the statement reads in part.

Targets Outside Africa

Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran, an ally of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, and his partner Alvaro Pulido Vargas, who allegedly benefitted from programs set up to provide affordable food and housing to poor Venezuelans.

The two profited from “improperly awarded contracts,” where goods were supplied at highly inflated prices, Raab’s office said.

The Venezuelan government vowed to keep denouncing the sanctions, saying in a statement late Thursday that they were immoral.

Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan the former governor of Iraq’s Nineveh province, who was accused of misappropriating public funds intended for reconstruction and support for civilians, and improperly awarding contracts and other state property.

He’s currently serving a five-year prison sentence in Iraq for wasting money on fictitious public works programs and other offenses.

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Congolese Journalist Stabbed, Severely Beaten



The media fraternity in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are currently in panic after their colleague, a Radio Moto Butembo-beni journalist Evariste Mwenge Kalite was targeted by bandits carrying knives on Friday evening.

According to reliable sources on Friday at around 8:30 p.m. local time. The event happened at the ITAV stadium when this journalist was returning to its home in the same area.

According to Philippe Makomera, Director of this radio station, Mwenge was severely beaten and cut with a machete before these executioners took his cell phone from him.

The severely injured journalist was quickly transported to a health facility in Vutsundo but was bleeding profusely and was transferred to Matanda General Hospital for proper treatment.

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Rwanda Police Arrests Five In Operations Against Motorcycle Theft



Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested five people belonging to the same racket suspected to be behind series of violent motorcycle theft in City of Kigali.

They were showed to the media on Wednesday, July 21, at the Police metropolitan headquarters in Remera, Gasabo District.

The ring include the trio of Claude Dusabimana alias Eric, 25, Alphonse Biziyaremye also known as Micheal, 37, and Jean Claude Rusigariye guising as Tuyizere; whose role was to identify and to steal motorcycles.

Others include Jean Claude Bitondeyiki, a broker, who was charged with searching for buyers, and Oscar Hagenimana, one of those who were buying stolen motorcycles.

One of the thieves, Alphonse Biziyaremye, a resident of Kanyinya Sector, Nyarugenge District, narrated that they would lure a taxi-moto operator to an ambush, assault him before disappearing with the motorcycle.

The theft operation, he added, would be executed either late in the evening or in the wee morning hours.

“We had different roles; Tuyizere Rusigariye was responsible for identifying luring the taxi-moto operator from Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo to an ambush near Metafoam factory in Kigali Sector Nyarugenge District. Me and Dusabimana, would mount the ambush,” Biziyaremye explained.

He added that as soon as the motorcylist stopped at the agreed spot, Tuyizere would hit him on the head with an object.

Biziyaremye and Dusabimana would also jump out of the bush to help him in the assault before disappearing with the motorcycle leaving the victim unconcious.

This was also corroborated by Dusabimana, who added that after hitting the motorcyclist with an object and falling down, he would be shielded by Biziyaremye and Dusabimana to grab the moto and ride away.

According to Hagenimana, a motorcycle mechanic, he bought three motos from the trio. He added that they were connected to him by Bitondeyiki.

“I bought the first one from them for Frw270, 000, the second one at Frw280, 000 and paid them Frw290, 000 for the third moto. I was disassembling all the motorcycles, sell spare parts or use them to fix other motorcycles,” said Hagenimana.

The suspects were handed over to RIB for further investigations and legal process.

One of the victims identified as Jean Pierre Sayinzoga, a resident of Mageragere Sector in Nyarugenge District, narrated the ordeal.

“On May 29, I picked a passenger (Tuyizere) at Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo, who told me that he was going to a place near Metafoam factory. As we approached the factory about 100 metres away, he told me to stop and at that moment he grabbed me and tried to strangle me,” Sayinzoga narrated.

“Two other people appeared from the bush and also started assaulting me targeting mainly the upper part of the body until I was unconcious and they left, probably thinking that I was dead.”

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that this was a two-month operation to identify and arrest people behind the series of violent motorcycle theft in Kigali.

“There has been several cases of motorcycle theft in Kigali as reported by victims. In response to these series of theft, Police arrested these five suspects, who were playing different roles, and recovered three out of the five motorcycles that were stolen through the same scenario,” CP Kabera said

He warned people, who think that Rwanda National Police is much taken by the current Covid-19 period and enforcement of the directives, and perceive this as an opportunity to commit crimes.

“Police enforces all laws and directives; if you think that there is a window for you to implement your evil plans, think twice and think wisely,” CP Kabera warned.

Real time information sharing on the theft or crime, he added, facilitates early response and timely successful operations.

Theft under article 166 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, attracts an imprisonment of between one and two years and a fine of not less than Frw1 million but not more than Frw2 million, a community service of six months or one of these penalties.

However, in article 167, the penalty doubles if the crime was committed at night or by more than one person.

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