Zuma Graft Trial To Resume Despite Deadly South Africa Protests


Former South African President Jacob Zuma arrives ahead of his corruption trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on May 26, 2021. PHILL MAGAKOE / POOL / AFP


The dragging corruption trial of South Africa’s jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma resumes on Monday despite deadly violence that swept the nation after his imprisonment in an unrelated case.

Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, graft, and racketeering related to a 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats, and military gear from five European arms firms when he was South Africa’s deputy president.

He is accused of pocketing four million rand ($277,000) in bribes from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales, which has been charged with corruption and money laundering.

The trial started in May after numerous postponements and delays, as Zuma’s legal team worked fervently to have the charges dropped.

The 79-year-old Zuma appeared in person for the opening and said he was innocent.

Thales also pleaded not guilty, and the next hearing was set for July 19.

But things took a nasty turn when on June 29, Zuma was found guilty of contempt of South Africa’s top court for snubbing graft investigators probing his tenure as president. He was jailed a week later.

The incarceration sparked protests in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which snowballed into a week of deadly outbreak of looting and arson that spread to the economic hub Johannesburg, claiming over 200 lives.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who came to office promising to curb graft, said the riots were a “coordinated and well-planned attack” on the country’s young democracy.

“Using the pretext of a political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection,” Ramaphosa said on Friday night.

Monday’s hearing could reignite tensions that had eased late last week, analysts warn.

Stability at stake

“People will be watching the behaviour of judges,” said Sipho Seepe, a fellow of the University of Zululand in KZN.

“If they feel justice is not done, they will protest,” he said.

Monday’s hearing will focus on an application by Zuma’s legal team to recuse chief prosecutor Billy Downer for allegedly leaking information to the media.

“We will argue vigorously for the application to be dismissed,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga told AFP.

The trial will be heard virtually to “avoid disruption”, said Mhaga.

Zuma and his supporters have repeatedly decried all these probes as politically motivated and warned his jailing would spark unrest.

But they deny being behind the recent turmoil.

Carl Niehaus, a close friend of Zuma, told reporters this week that there was no “coordinated campaign to lead to looting and violence”.

“There is however an uprising of people who are deeply concerned and angered by [his] imprisonment.”

‘Ride the storm’

Zuma, once dubbed the “Teflon president”, is meanwhile seeking to reverse his 15-month jail sentence.

He was arrested for disobeying a Constitutional Court order to testify before a judicial panel probing the plunder of state coffers during his nine-year rule.

Most of the transgressions investigated by the commission involve three brothers from a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, who won lucrative government contracts and were allegedly allowed to choose cabinet ministers.

Zuma only testified once in July 2019.

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party forced Zuma — who is a member of the country’s dominant Zulu ethnic group — to resign in 2018 after mounting graft scandals.

But Zuma has retained a fervent support base within the ANC and among the general public, viewed by many as a “people’s man” and a defender of the poor.

Ralph Mathekga, author of “When Zuma Goes”, says judges in the graft case will not bow to “political pressure”.

“Not prosecuting Mr Zuma will have serious implications for the rule of law,” he told AFP. “The judiciary is going to have to ride the storm.”


Shaken South Africans Clean Up After Deadly Unrest

Local women use brooms while a man sorts the rubble while volunteering to clean the inside a clothing store at Diepkloof Square following looting and vandalism in Soweto, Johannesburg on July 14, 2021. 
Phill Magakoe / AFP



South Africans on Saturday cleaned up shopping centres and stores looted during a week of shocking violence that rocked the country and left more than 200 dead. 

Aid organisations also handed out food in communities that had been cut off from main roads or where food shops were ransacked in the unrest.

The violence — the worst in post-apartheid South Africa — erupted after former president Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in jail for snubbing a corruption inquiry.

His successor President Cyril Ramaphosa, who came to office promising to curb graft, said the riots were a “coordinated and well-planned attack” on the country’s young democracy.

“Using the pretext of a political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Friday night.

The rioting caused widespread destruction, leaving thousands of businesses trashed, including many retail shops that were specifically targeted.

As an uneasy calm set in Saturday, residents in the hard-hit KwaZulu-Natal province swept up debris at the Dube Village Mall in the township of Inanda, north of Durban, shovelling it into refuse bags.

Behind them walls topped with spikes and razor wire had been spray painted with the words “Free Zuma”.

Zuma, whose home province is KwaZulu-Natal, commands support among loyalists in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), who portray him as a champion of the poor.

Walking across a charred shop, Sikhumukani Hongwane, a private security guard was on duty when the mall was attacked last Sunday, just after Ramaphosa had addressed the nation.

He saw a mob of people starting to burn a nearby garage and he fled. He is still haunted.

“We are scared, even now. All the memories…are coming back.” he told AFP. “We can’t sleep”.

Many in the province are now going hungry after food stores were looted and burned, or cut off from suppliers as roads closed.

The government, humanitarian aid agencies, charities and churches have started moving food to people in need, including hospital patients and families.

“We are loading bread for staff for five hospitals,” Imtiaz Sooliman, leader of Gift of the Givers, told AFP.

Sooliman said that his food convoys were being escorted by armed security. AFP journalists saw a supermarket delivery vehicles escorted by police.

“Yesterday we sent food for patients in private hospitals — they had no food to feed patients. They have all the money but they can’t buy anything, they called us saying patients haven’t eaten,” he said.

The organisation was also delivering food parcels door-to-door after a government minister told him Friday that dozens of Durban areas had no access to food, Sooliman added.

The few shops that were spared are opening for a few hours and in some places price of bread has almost doubled.

“It is mayhem because the few shops that are here cannot accommodate the whole community. The few stores we’ve got, (have) got snaking queues like people are going there to vote,” said Siyanda Nxumalo, a community activist in Inanda.

– ‘Poorly prepared’ –
Traffic was back to normal along a main highway linking the north to the port city of Durban after it had been closed for much of the week.

Ramaphosa said the instigators had “sought to exploit the social and economic conditions under which many South Africans live — conditions that have worsened since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic”.

He said that business owners told him it would take “a few months” to restore normal operations following the destruction, interrupting supply chains and raising the spectre of shortages.

Of the 212 people killed, 180 died in KwaZulu-Natal, according to government figures. Some of the fatalities were shot and others died in looting stampedes.

More than 2,500 people have been arrested for various offences linked to the violence, including theft.

The government said all but one of the suspected masterminds are at large.

Ramaphosa admitted that his government was “poorly prepared for an orchestrated campaign of public violence, destruction and sabotage of this nature”.

He has called up army reserves and ordered the deployment of 25,000 troops — 10 times the number that he initially deployed.

Opposition politicians have condemned the government’s handling of the crisis, calling on Ramaphosa to ensure the suspected masterminds are arrested and charged.

South Africa’s Top Court To Review Zuma Jail Term

In this file photo taken on July 27, 2018, former South African president Jacob Zuma stands in the dock of the High Court of Pietermaritzburg during his hearing over 16 corruption charges. Former South African president Jacob Zuma must pay back state funds and cover his own costs, a court ruled on December 13, 2018, leaving him facing massive legal bills as he fights graft charges.



South African ex-president Jacob Zuma will on Monday ask the nation’s top court to let him out of jail by rescinding its 15-month sentence for snubbing anti-graft investigators.

The Constitutional Court on June 29 slapped Zuma with the prison stretch for refusing to appear before a probe into the corruption that mired his nine years in power.

Zuma is seeking to have that ruling set aside on the grounds that it was made in his absence.

Should the bid fail, Zuma’s team will seek to convince the judges that jail time is not the appropriate punishment for this instance of contempt, due to reasons including the implications for Zuma’s health, according to an information handout for media from the court on Saturday.

Zuma, 79, is also asking to be released from the Estcourt prison in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province on the grounds of his age and ailing health, adding that the ongoing pandemic means he is not a flight risk.

The man once dubbed the “Teflon president”, spent his first night in jail on Thursday after handing himself in to authorities following hours of drama and suspense.

His lawyers had also petitioned the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal to stave off imprisonment. But on Friday it rejected the case, saying it lacked jurisdiction over the matter and Zuma’s claims about his health were “not supported by any evidence.”

The former president testified to the commission once in July 2019, but then swiftly withdrew his cooperation, saying he was offended by being treated as an “accused” and not as a witness.

He returned in November 2020, without uttering a word, and missed several subsequent appointments by evading his summonses on various grounds, including medical reasons, lack of funds and his request to have the chairman of the commission, then-deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, recuse himself.

If Zuma is to serve the full term, he could still see himself back home long before year-end as he would be eligible for parole in less than four months.

Meanwhile, sporadic violence has erupted in the country, with dozens arrested after looting in KwaZulu-Natal and in the economic capital Johannesburg.


South Africa Bids Farewell To ‘Hero’ George Bizos, Mandela’s Lawyer

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 14, 2018, former apartheid struggle stalwart and human rights lawyer George Bizos looks on at the inaugural George Bizos Human Rights Award in Johannesburg. (Photo by GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)


South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the “hero” anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

Bizos, a revered, soft-spoken figure, died at his Johannesburg home last week of natural causes at the age of 92.

His flag-draped coffin was wheeled into a Greek community hall by military pall-bearers on Thursday, with President Cyril Ramaphosa in attendance, before it was driven to a cemetery on a ceremonial military gun carriage.

Speakers before a small gathering of family and other dignitaries — due to coronavirus restrictions — paid heartfelt tributes to the man who became Mandela’s personal friend and defended human rights to the end of his life.

Ramaphosa described Bizos as a “hero”, a “lover of freedom” and likened him to a “baobab tree”.

“We are here to celebrate and also to bid farewell to a titan of the legal profession whose defence of the cause of justice was as tenacious and it was lifelong,” said Ramaphosa.

At the height of the apartheid era, Bizos secured a life sentence for Mandela and others fighting white-minority rule at the landmark Rivonia Trial in 1964.

Against all expectations, the defendants were spared the death penalty and instead given long jail terms — a verdict that turned them into the living embodiment of the anti-apartheid struggle.

– Mandela ‘waiting to welcome you’ –

Bizos arrived in South Africa as a 13-year-old war refugee from Greece and trained as a lawyer.

In a long career, he represented a string of activists against the white-minority regime and later helped draw up the constitution of post-apartheid South Africa.

For 30 years, he struggled to acquire South African citizenship — thanks to his activism against the white minority regime.

“The apartheid government punished him quite severely by denying him citizenship for over three decades and there he was living stateless in a country that he had adopted,” Ramaphosa said.

The regime told him “he was not fit and proper to become a South African citizen,” said the president.

Yet Bizos was a “patriot” and “the embodiment of a fit and proper South African citizen,” Ramaphosa said.

He continued working until he was past 90 years old, with one of his last major cases securing government payouts in 2014 for the families of 34 miners gunned down two years earlier.

His passing further reduces the number of surviving leaders of the apartheid struggle, whose status wields huge moral and political influence in modern-day South Africa.

Although a junior member of the defence team when he represented Mandela, Bizos was credited with the tactic of proposing that Mandela deliver a statement from the dock to present the group’s cause, rather than submit him to cross-examination.

The speech was electrifying, notably Mandela’s often-cited lines on his hope for democracy: “It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Bizos would say later that he advised Mandela to avoid challenging the court over the possibility of a death sentence by adding the words “if needs be”.

In his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994), Mandela describes Bizos as a lifelong friend and “a man who combined a sympathetic nature with an incisive mind”.

Bizos continued to represent Mandela throughout his 27-year-jail term and also acted on behalf of his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, on more than 20 occasions.

Ramaphosa concluded his eulogy saying: “Madiba your friend of 65 years is waiting to welcome you”.


South African Telecoms Giant MTN To Pull Out Of Mideast

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Africa’s largest mobile operator, South African telecoms giant MTN, announced Thursday it would pull out of the Middle East to concentrate on Africa and scrap its interim dividend under a blueprint to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

“MTN has resolved to simplify its portfolio and focus on its pan-African strategy and will, therefore, be exiting its Middle Eastern assets in an orderly manner over the medium-term,” the group’s president and CEO, Rob Shuter, said in a first-half results statement

“As a first step, we are in advanced discussions to sell our 75% stake in MTN Syria.”

The company which was founded in 1994, lists operations in Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran in its Middle East file, which also includes Afghanistan.

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The statement said that in the January to June period, MTN’s subscriber base rose by 10.6 million to 251.5 million compared to end-2019.

Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortisation (ebitda) rose 10.9 percent to 41.8 billion rand ($2.38 billion, 2.01 billion euros).

“MTN delivered strong results for the period against the backdrop of difficult trading conditions, exacerbated by the unprecedented socio and macroeconomic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Shuter said.

He singled out strong performances in Ghana and Nigeria as well as a “pleasing turnaround” in South Africa.

However, “no interim dividend (was) declared due to uncertainties resulting from COVID-19 impacts,” it said.


Without Freedom To Touch, Blind Migrants Disoriented In Virus-Hit South Africa

Jetro Gonese and his braille typewriter. South Africa's anti-coronavirus lockdown has had a devastating impact on the visually impaired Luca Sola AFP
Jetro Gonese and his braille typewriter. South Africa’s anti-coronavirus lockdown has had a devastating impact on the visually impaired. (Luca Sola /AFP)



Sheets of braille were scattered around Jetro Gonese as he sat hunched over his mattress in a dilapidated building in downtown Johannesburg, punching away at the keys of his special typewriter.

Sightless since childhood, 60-year-old Gonese, a Zimbabwean immigrant in South Africa, has been confined to the tiny room he shares with another visually-impaired man since the start of an anti-coronavirus lockdown in March.

In a new world where people must keep their distance and avoid contact with surfaces, the blind have found themselves deprived of their compass.

“Touch is what we call the queen sense,” Gonese explained.

“It enables us to recognise and identify most things… the texture of surfaces, your skin, or your hand. It is very central in our lives.”

None of the building’s 200-odd residents can afford sanitiser or face masks. Most are the families of disabled immigrants like Gonese, who scrape a living by begging on the streets.

Strict confinement measures and vulnerability to the virus have forced these sightless breadwinners to remain indoors.

“It is dangerous for us to shake hands or touch any surfaces because you might contract the disease,” Gonese said, adding that police enforcing lockdown rules had chased him home the few times he ventured outdoors.

“So communication has been very difficult for us… because we are afraid to touch things.”

– No ‘voice tune’ –
Further along the dark graffiti-filled corridor, Enok Mukanhairi occupies a cramped two-bedroom flat with his wife Angeline Tazira, 50, and four grown children.

The couple met at a school for the visually impaired in the southeastern Zimbabwean city of Masvingo and migrated to South Africa in 2007 — driven away from their home country by economic collapse blamed on ex-president Robert Mugabe.

Mukanhairi, 57, went back to his usual begging spot last week, encouraged by a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions since the start of May.

He struggled to find his bearings around people who spoke through face masks and kept a distance.

“If you are putting a mask at times we cannot hear your voice properly,” Mukanhairi said.

“Some of them cannot even release the voice tune which we are used to,” he added. “So it affects how quickly I can identify (a person).”

Mukanhairi said fewer drivers rolled down their car windows as he stood by the traffic light.

Those that extended a coin did so hastily, without exchanging a word.

“I am very worried about catching coronavirus, but not as much as getting food.”

Tazira nodded as she stared up at the ceiling, knitting a white scarf without missing a single stitch.

She has not yet dared to resume her own begging.

“Before it was easier,” Tazira said in Zimbabwe’s Shona language.

– ‘Not like anyone’ –
Another Zimbabwean immigrant, Siwachi Mavhaire, who is a volunteer for the African Diaspora Forum — a local charity, has grown close to the blind community.

“They are not like anyone,” Mavhaire noted. “Myself, even if they lock me down, I can go out and run away and come back.”

“They are the ones who observe it (lockdown) more than anybody,” he added. “They are scared.”

Gonese has used the long days indoors to type out memories from the past on his Braille writer.

Despite losing his sight to measles at the age of two, he completed his education and trained as a teacher for visually-impaired children.

None of those qualifications were recognised in South Africa, forcing him into 12 long years of street begging.

“I thought I would come up with a short story of my life,” he told AFP, as a slight breeze drifted into the stuffy room and rustled the papers on his mattress.




Mane Set To Be Crowned ‘King Of Africa’ As Troubles Rumble On



Liverpool sharpshooter Sadio Mane is expected to become the first African football headline-maker of 2020 by winning the Player of the Year award in Egypt next week.

The January 7 ceremony will set in motion a year sure to be full of drama on and off the field with 2022 World Cup and 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers in the mix.

AFP Sport looks at some of the issues facing the most popular sport in a continent where good footballers and bad administrators often share the media stage.


Consistent Liverpool scorer and Senegal talisman Mane is favoured to become the second star from his country after El Hadji Diouf to be named Player of the Year.

His rivals are Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the last two editions, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City.

The Player of the Year, and the winners of seven other male and female categories, will be announced at a ceremony in Egyptian Red Sea resort Hurghada.

World Cup

A couple of weeks after the awards banquet, Egypt will host another eagerly anticipated event, the draw in Cairo for the group stage of World Cup qualifying.

The latest FIFA rankings are expected to determine the seedings, meaning Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and DR Congo will be in pot one.

All those nations except Mali have played at the World Cup, and an Ivory Coast team that can call on the dazzling footwork of Wilfried Zaha could be the most dangerous second seeds.

Cup of Nations

Trouble lies ahead after a change from a January/February to June/July tournament this year to avoid tug of wars between clubs and countries over the services of Europe-based stars.

The first revamped Club World Cup, featuring 24 teams, is set for June 17 to July 4 2021 in China, effectively ruling out a mid-year Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Senior CAF officials say off the record that a return to January/February dates is likely, and with it the possibility that an increasing number of players will put clubs first.

Nations Championship

Tunisia have reportedly decided because of fixture congestion to withdraw from the 2020 edition in Cameroon of the tournament for footballers playing in their country of birth.

Traditionally a biennial January/February competition, it is slated for April 4 to 25 this year in three southern Cameroon cities, the capital, Yaounde, Douala and Limbe.

The 16-nation championship will test the readiness of Cameroon to stage the Cup of Nations next year after construction delays led to them being replaced by Egypt as 2019 hosts.

Champions League

Tunisian club Esperance have been erratic as they seek an unprecedented third straight title, battling to overcome a Chadian club then defying the odds to defeat Raja in Casablanca.

They have lost several 2019 title-winning stars, including Algeria winger Youcef Belaili, and the starting line-up for a group match last weekend included only four Tunisians.

Record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Casablanca clubs Raja and Wydad are potential threats.

Confederation Cup

A new name will be engraved on the trophy this year as recent winners Ahly, Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Mazembe, Raja and Zamalek of Egypt are all competing in the Champions League.

Judged by group form up to the halfway mark, Cairo outfit Pyramids could become the third Egyptian winners of a competition modelled on the UEFA Europa League.

Emirati Salem al Shamsi has invested millions in a squad dominated by Egyptians but also containing stars from Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Uganda.

Super Cup

Zamalek are threatening to boycott the February 14 match against Esperance scheduled for Qatar, a country Egypt accuses of destabilising the Middle East region.

Controversial club chairman Mortada Mansour says Zamalek will change their stance only if ordered to do so by the government.

“I do not understand why CAF want to stage the match in a country which is an enemy of Egypt. We are African clubs so why should we play in Asia?,” Mansour asked during a press conference.


The six-month secondment of FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura to crisis-plagued CAF ends on January 31 and there will be huge interest in what progress the Senegalese has made.

Her brief was to introduce reforms, notably in governance, competitions and refereeing, to an organisation World Soccer magazine labelled the “biggest basket case in football”.

Assisting Samoura is CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, who has not commented on various allegations against him, including corruption, financial misappropriation and sexual harassment.


There have been no broadcasts in sub-Saharan Africa of CAF national team and club fixtures since November after a 12-year TV deal with a French company was scrapped.

Lagardere Sports paid one million dollars (890,000 euros) in 2017 for the TV and marketing rights, but separate judgments ruled the deal illegal because there was no tender process.

Desperate football followers have resorted to streaming, but fixture options are limited and the high cost of internet data is an additional obstacle.

Nigeria Miss Out On Olympics As Faleye Wastes Great Chance


Nigeria missed out on a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games football tournament when they were held 0-0 by South Africa in Cairo on Friday.

Unmarked Sunday Faleye wasted a great chance to snatch victory for the Nigerians in the final minute by heading across wide when a goal seems inevitable.

Ivory Coast edged Zambia 1-0 through a goal from center-back Kouadio-Yves Dabila in the other Group B match of an eight-nation qualifying competition.

The final group matches were played simultaneously in the Egyptian capital with all four countries in contention for semi-finals places before the kick-offs.

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Ivory Coast (six points) topped the final standings followed by South Africa (five) and they advanced to the semi-finals next Tuesday while Nigeria (four) and Zambia (one) head home.

Impressive Group A winners Egypt will face South Africa at the penultimate stage followed by the Ivory Coast against Group A runners-up Ghana.

The semi-finals winners are guaranteed places at the Tokyo Olympics while the losers get a second chance in the third-place play-off to fill the third and last African slot.

Egypt have competed at Olympic football tournaments 11 times — a record for an African nation, but have never collected medals.

Ghana will be seeking a seventh appearance, South Africa a third and the Ivory Coast a second at a tournament where Nigeria (1996) and Cameroon (2000) have won gold.

Olympic qualifying is restricted to under-23 footballers, but three ‘over-age’ stars are permitted at the finals.

Football: Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Results

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Results of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations matchday one qualifiers on Wednesday:

Group A

At Windhoek

Namibia 2 (Adoassou 66-og, Katjiukua 77) Chad 1 (N’Douassel 68)

Group B

At Blantyre, Malawi

Malawi 1 (Mhango 68) South Sudan 0

At Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso 0 Uganda 0

Group C

At Khartoum

Sudan 4 (Agab 7, Eltetsh 44, Diogo 62-og, El Rasheed 77) Sao Tome e Principe 0

Group D

At Luanda

Angola 1 (Eduardo 3) Gambia 3 (Ceesay 17, 18, Marreh 89)

Group E

At Bangui

Central African Republic 2 (Mabide 5, Mafouta 90+2) Burundi 0

Group F

At Yaounde

Cameroon 0 Cape Verde 0

Group I

At Bissau

Guinea-Bissau 3 (Jorginho 40, Piqueti 45, Mario 73) eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) 0

At Thies, Senegal

Senegal 2 (Sarr 26, Diallo 28) Congo Brazzaville 0

Group L

At Uyo, Nigeria

Nigeria 2 (Osimhen 45-pen, Kalu 62) Benin 1 (Sessegnon 5)

At Freetown

Sierra Leone 1 (Quee 72) Lesotho 1 (Thabantso 90)

Playing Thursday (all kick-off times GMT)

Egypt v Kenya, Mozambique v Rwanda, Togo v Comoros (all 1600), Democratic Republic of Congo v Gabon, Algeria (holders) v Zambia, Ghana v South Africa, Mali v Guinea (all 1900)


Tanzania v Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe v Botswana (both 1600), Morocco v Mauritania, Tunisia v Libya (both 1900)


Madagascar v Ethiopia (1300), Ivory Coast v Niger (1900)

One Killed, Five Wounded In Fresh Johannesburg Xenophobic Violence

A partially destroyed shop is seen in Johannesburg’s Malvern suburb, on September 09, 2019, after South Africa’s financial capital was hit by a new wave of night violence. At least one person was killed and five others injured in Johannesburg on Sunday, police said, after security forces clashed with looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence. PHOTO: Michele Spatari / AFP

At least one person was killed and five others injured in Johannesburg on Sunday, police said, after security forces clashed with looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence.

South Africa’s biggest city and other areas were hit by a surge of attacks against businesses owned by migrants in the last week, leaving at least 10 people dead and prompting protests from several African countries.

Riot police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets on Sunday to break up crowds targeting shops in the city’s Central Business District (CBD), police said.

“We can confirm one person was reported dead,” police spokesperson Xlolani Fihla told AFP. “We can’t confirm the cause of death.”

Five more people were reported injured, Captain Kay Makhubele, a national police force official, told eNCA news.

Police later said on Twitter the CBD, Jeppestown and Hillbrow neighbourhoods were under control.

South Africa is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. But others come from South Asia and Nigeria looking for work in the continent’s second-largest economy.

The recent violence soured ties between South Africa and Nigeria, which summoned Pretoria’s envoy and boycotted an economic summit in Cape Town in protest.

Officials said several Nigerian businesses were attacked and burned down, though they said no Nigerians were killed.

Foreign workers often face anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, where they compete against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled industries.

In 2008, xenophobic attacks left 62 people dead, while in 2015, seven were killed in attacks in Johannesburg and Durban.


South African President Calls Mugabe A ‘Champion’ Against Colonialism

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.


South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday mourned the death of Zimbabwe’s former president and remembered him as a “champion of Africa’s cause against colonialism”.

“Under President Mugabe’s leadership, Zimbabwe’s sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.


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Mixed CAF Champions League Fortunes For Nigerian Clubs

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Enyimba triumphed and Kano Pillars were eliminated Sunday as Nigerian clubs experienced mixed fortunes in CAF Champions League preliminary round second legs.

Forced to play behind closed doors because the competition organisers were dissatisfied with some renovations to their stadium, Enyimba crushed Rahimo of Burkina Faso 5-0 in southeastern city Aba.

Enyimba qualified 5-1 on aggregate and face Al Hilal of Sudan next month for a place in the group phase, where prize money kicks in.

Reuben Bala and Stanley Dimgba bagged braces for Enyimba, the only Nigerian club to win the Champions League, and one of only four teams to achieve back-to-back titles.

Early and late goals gave Asante Kotoko of Ghana a 2-0 victory over Kano Pillars, a 4-3 overall win and a last-32 showdown with fellow former African champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.

Kelvin Andoh netted for the Kumasi outfit after just three minutes and the Porcupine Warriors struck again 10 minutes from time when Emmanuel Gyamfi completed a brilliantly executed move.

Highly ambitious Simba of Tanzania were shock preliminary round casualties, losing on away goals to UD Songo of Mozambique after a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam.

Luis Miquissone gave Songo an early lead they retained until three minutes from time when Tanzanian international Erasto Nyoni levelled from a penalty.

CAF Champions League results

CAF Champions League preliminary round, second leg results on Sunday:

Horoya (GUI) 1 (Nikiema 23) Stade Malien (MLI) 0

Horoya win 2-1 on aggregate

ASC Kara (TOG) 1 (Nane 82) Buffles Borgou (BEN) 0

Kara win 2-1 on aggregate

V Club (COD) 1 (Mumuni 54) UMS Loum (CMR) 0

V Club win 1-0 on aggregate

Al Hilal (SUD) 0 Rayon Sports (RWA) 0

Aggregate: 1-1, Hilal win on away goals

Enyimba (NGR) 5 (Bala 32, 86, Okorom 47, Dimgba 79, 89) Rahimo (BUR) 0

Enyimba win 5-1 on aggregate

USM Alger (ALG) 3 (Mahious 26, Ellafi 35-pen, Ardji 65) Sonidep (NIG) 1 (Kheiraoui 62-og)

USM win 5-2 on aggregate

Gor Mahia (KEN) 5 (Kamana 5-og, Kipkirui 16, 38, Ambudo 64, Omondi 66) Aigle Noir Makamba (BDI) 1 (Gasongo 74)

Gor win 5-1 on aggregate

Mekelle (ETH) 1 (Gebremichael 13) Cano Sport Academy (GEQ) 1 (Naone 40)

Cano win 3-2 on aggregate

Asante Kotoko (GHA) 2 (Andoh 3, Gyamfi 80) Kano Pillars (NGR) 0

Kotoko win 4-3 on aggregate

Petro Atletico (ANG) 2 (Isaac 37, Benvindo 82) Matlama (LES) 0

Petro win 4-0 on aggregate

Nouadhibou (MTN) 1 (Gaye 70-pen) SO Armee (CIV) 0

Nouadhibou win 1-0 on aggregate

Elect-Sport (CHA) 2 (Gamninga 53, Bechir 62) Cercle Mberi Sportif (GAB) 0

Elect win 2-0 on aggregate

Simba (TAN) 1 (Nyoni 87-pen) UD Songo (MOZ) 1 (Miquissone 12)

Aggregate: 1-1, Songo win on away goals

Pamplemousses (MRI) 1 (Razah 11) Fosa Juniors (MAD) 1 (Andriamamonjy 66)

Fosa win 2-1 on aggregate

Al Nasr (LBA) 3 (Al Mehdi (2), Balaam) Tempete Mocaf (CAR) 1

Nasr win 3-2 on aggregate

Note: match moved from Benghazi to Cairo for security reasons

Played Saturday

Raja Casablanca (MAR) 4 (Rahimi 15, Nanah 48, 76, Moutaouali 51) Brikama Utd (GAM) 0

Raja win 7-3 on aggregate

Al Merrikh (SUD) 3 (Abdelgadir 44, 74, Ibrahim 56) JS Kabylie (ALG) 2 (Saadou 79, Addadi 84-pen)

Aggregate: 3-3, Kabylie win on away goals

Zamalek (EGY) 6 (Mohamed 25, 52, Shikabala 66, 73, Alaa 78-pen, Abdel-Aziz 85) Dekedaha (SOM) 0

Zamalek win 13-0 on aggregate

Generation Foot (SEN) 3 (Gueye 16, Bayo 57, Diagne 83) LPRC Oilers (LBR) 0

Generation win 3-1 on aggregate

Etoile Sahel (TUN) 7 (Ben Ouannes 38-pen, Aribi 47, 52, 55, 85, Belarbi 51-pen, 62) Hafia (GUI) 1

Etoile win 8-3 on aggregate

Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) 4 (Sirino 14, 34, Lebusa 24, Zwane 39) AS Otoho (CGO) 0

Sundowns win 5-2 on aggregate

Zesco Utd (ZAM) 1 (Were 14) Green Mamba (SWZ) 0

Zesco win 3-0 on aggregate

Township Rollers (BOT) 0 Young Africans (TAN) 1 (Balinya 40)

Africans win 2-1 on aggregate

Platinum (ZIM) 3 (Chafa 4-pen, Tigere 36, Chikwende 81) Nyasa Big Bullets (MAW) 2 (Banda 29, Phiri 79)

Platinum win 3-2 on aggregate

Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 2 (Mabululo 34, 68-pen) KMKM (ZAN) 0

Primeiro win 4-0 on aggregate

Orlando Pirates (RSA) 1 (Jele 60) Green Eagles (ZAM) 1 (Shamende 61)

Eagles win 2-1 on aggregate


Al Ahly (EGY) 9 (S. Mohsen 6, 40, El Shahat 19, 46, 62, A. Fathy 45, H. Fathy 55, 67, Selim 81-og) Atlabara (SSD) 0

Ahly win 13-0 on aggregate

Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) 2 (Kizza 81, Okello 89) African Stars (NAM) 0

Kampala win 4-3 on aggregate

Cote d’Or (SEY) 1 (Kizito 90) Fomboni (COM) 1 (Mouhtare 87)

Aggregate: 3-3, Cote win on away goals

Byes: Esperance (TUN, holders), Wydad Casablanca (MAR), TP Mazembe (COD).