South Africa:Marijuana Use in South Africa – What Next After Landmark Court Ruling?

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa’s Constitutional Court has delivered a unanimous judgment that certain parts of the country’s drug laws are inconsistent with the right to privacy. Adults are now allowed to use, possess or cultivate cannabis in private for their own personal consumption.

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Africa:South Africa Is Paying a Heavy Price for Dysfunctional Local Government

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, recently painted a bleak picture about the state of local government. It should worry all South Africans, not only those suffering as a consequence of dysfunctional municipalities.

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South Africa:Let Us Resolve Our Own Problems, ANC Secretary General Tells Trump

[News24Wire] The ANC is appalled by “those forces opposed to the transformation of our country” and is asking US President Donald Trump to let South Africans resolve their own problems, ANC secretary general Ace Magashule says.

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Uganda:Diplomats ‘Disturbed’ By Brutality Meted Out to Arua Suspects

[Observer] Foreign missions in the country are “deeply concerned” and “disturbed” by government’s brutal treatment of arrested members of parliament, journalists and citizens following clashes between opposition supporters and presidential guards in Arua district.

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A crackdown in Zimbabwe exposes the instability of the Mnangagwa regime

Who ordered this? IN THE early hours of August 5th four men broke into a house in eastern Zimbabwe known to be home to activists for the MDC Alliance, the country’s main opposition bloc. They dragged the husband and wife outside before beating them with sticks on their back and buttocks.

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South Africa:Explainer – What’s Involved in Changing South Africa’s Constitution

[The Conversation Africa] South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC), has announced that his party will spearhead an amendment to section 25 of the country’s Constitution to outline more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected.

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