South Africa: Traditional Circumcision Deaths Prompt Bans, Debate

[VOA] For hundreds of years, teenage boys and young men from South Africa’s Xhosa and Ndebele groups have followed a sacred, secret coming-of-age ritual that culminates in ritual circumcision by a traditional surgeon. Initiation, as the practice is called, is part of the rich fabric of South African society.

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Zimbabwe: ‘Cricketer Swindled Us of Life Savings’

[Zimbabwe Independent] To Johannesburg couple Stephen and Thandiwe Moyo, fellow Zimbabwean Dumisani Mankunzini was a rich sports star living the dream life. He had presented himself to them as a high-flyer, a much-sought-after cricket player who had been signed for a whopping R16 million (US$1,1 million) by a South African team, a respected world cricket media personality, an extensively networked sports agent who got paid handsomely by big organisations like the International Cricket Council (ICC) — and hobnobbed with wealthy

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South Africa: Main Opposition Party Shows Signs of Serious Strain

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, elected a new chairperson of its federal council this past weekend. Its choice – Helen Zille, former leader of the party, and former Premier of the Western Cape province – has sent shock waves through the party.

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South Africa’s president promises big results—eventually

SOUTH AFRICANS are growing impatient with Cyril Ramaphosa, the former union boss, anti-apartheid activist and tycoon who is now their president. In his 20 months in office, no one has been prosecuted for the looting of the state that took place under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma

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Tanzania: Bobi Wine Supporters Detained Over Wearing Banned Red Berets

[Citizen] Kampala -Ugandan security personnel on Thursday detained six supporters of pop star and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine for wearing red berets, a banned symbol of his “People Power” pressure group, a spokesman for the movement said.

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