Botswana: Ex-President Khama Plays Kingmaker in Key Botswana Elections

[RFI] President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana’s ruling party is facing a daunting challenge from three candidates in the upcoming general election: Duma Boko, of the Umbrella for Democratic Change’s, Ndaba Gaolathe, from the Alliance for Progressives, and the Botswana Patriotic Front’s Biggie Butale.

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East Africa: Disputed Area of Abyei Offers New Chance to Solve Old Disputes

[African Arguments] In the excitement around Sudan’s evolving political order and the concerns around South Sudan’s challenges, less attention has been paid to some long-standing contentious issues that have the potential to create new havoc. One of those issues is the disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan known as Abyei

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South Africa: Convicted Rapist Nicholas Ninow Blames Drugs for Rape of Child

[News24Wire] Convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow, while testifying in mitigation of his sentence, shirked responsibility for his actions, arguing that if he had been sober he would have never have raped a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in 2018.

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South Africa: ‘Prevention is Always Better Because the Cost of Violence is Higher’

[allAfrica] Cape Town -In a unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that the common law defence of reasonable and moderate parental chastisement of children is unconstitutional. The court said it was of the view that there are effective ways to discipline children without the use of corporal punishment. The ruling has been met with mixed reaction, with some organisations hailing it while others saying it sets a very dangerous precedent.

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Zimbabwe: Deadly Landmines Threaten the Lives of Villagers

[New Zimbabwe] Hundreds of primary school going children at Kaitano Primary School in Mudzi, Mashonaland East province are still at risk of stepping on deadly minefields on their way to and from school 40 years after they were planted.

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