South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, spoke about the need for men to organise themselves in a sustained campaign against gender-based violence.
He also advised men to stop objectifying women and resist the practice of prostituting young women.
Speaking at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg during a special sermon on no violence against women and children‚ Ramaphosa said that just as had been done during the apartheid struggle all sectors of society needed to be mobilised against this scourge. Read more
Kenyan police say they have shot dead an attacker who forced his way into the rural home of Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto, ending a siege that lasted several hours.
Mr Ruto and his family were not at the compound near the western city of Eldoret at the time.
The man had entered the residence after injuring a police guard with a machete and stealing his gun, police said. The incident comes days before Kenya holds presidential elections.
Police chief Joseph Boinnet told local media the situation was now “under control”.
“There is no threat now because he was the only one.”
Mr Ruto had left his home hours before the attack. Earlier reports suggested a number of gunmen had entered Mr Ruto’s home, but police later clarified there was only one attacker. Read more
Harare – The Zimbawean government is reportedly looking to export grain following a bumper harvest that saw most farmers surpassing the targeted yield per hectare under the country’s command agriculture programme.
According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, several farmers surpassed the government benchmark target of five tons per hectare.
Most farmers in Mashonaland Central province, for example, harvested at least 9–11 tons of grain per hectare. Read more
Edward Makayi, a 35-year-old Zambian who is studying engineering at a privately-owned university has been arrested for allegedly insulting President Edgar Lungu and some of his government officials on Facebook.
According to Zambian police spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo, Makayi is accused of creating a Facebook account under fake names and defaming the president. Read more
A new book detailing Nelson Mandela’s last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow, publisher Penguin Random House said Monday.
The book by Mandela’s physician Vejay Ramlakan was released last week to coincide with the late anti-apartheid leader’s birthday, July 18, which is marked each year as Mandela Day.
It revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela’s life as well as bitter family squabbles over his care and legacy, prompting fury from his widow Graca Machel who threatened legal action. Read more