The DA’s rising blue tide THERE is precious little similarity between the liberal-leaning Democratic Alliance (DA), led by the smooth and managerial Mmusi Maimane, and its rival as standard-bearer of South Africa’s opposition, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a fiery mob of radical leftists with the bombastic Julius Malema at its helm. At a recent rally celebrating “Heritage Day” in South Africa, Mr Maimane quoted Nelson Mandela and invoked non-racism; the EFF marked the day by calling for the Afrikaans section of South Africa’s multi-tongued national anthem to be axed
[Deutsche Welle] A German court has sent two Rwandan FDLR rebel leaders to jail for masterminding massacres in the eastern DR Congo. Rwanda’s minister of justice told DW ‘justice has been done to the victims of the FDLR.’
[Ebola Deeply] There’s still much that the medical community does not know about Ebola, such as the long-term impact on survivors, and the subtleties of bodily fluid transmission. Ebola Deeply spoke with Sierra Leone’s head of laboratory services about a rare case of suspected mother-baby transmission.
[East African] Rwanda’s Supreme Court will October 8 deliver a ruling on an application by the country’s only opposition party, (which has also petitioned parliament) not to amend the Constitution to remove presidential term limits.
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -A total 15.4 kilograms of crystal meth, worth an estimated street value of R4.6 million, was found in an actress’s luggage at OR Tambo International Airport at the weekend, said the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
[The Point] The Gambia has experienced large balance of payments and fiscal imbalances, caused by persistent policy slippages in recent years and financial difficulties in public enterprises, a report published 21 September this year by the IMF has stated.
[Shabelle] Dozens of British troops are to be deployed to Somalia to help peacekeeping efforts to counter Islamic militants, David Cameron has announced.
[Addis Fortune] Among the people sitting at the Anbessa Bus Station seats at Legahar, waiting for the number 67 bus to Kaliti was Bekele Ejeta, 38, a public servant. He had been waiting for 15 minutes, when Fortune met him. He had been at the stadium with friends, and he chose the bus over the train to return home to Saris.
[Premium Times] The presidency has insisted that the Nigerian delegation to the 70th United Nations General Assembly was not invited to a meeting where countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency discussed how to tackle the refugee crisis caused by the conflict.
[Nation] A community based conservation group in Tharaka-Nithi County has raised the red flag over continuous logging of indigenous trees in the Mt Kenya Forest.