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S. Africa's ex-president Zuma asks state capture commission chair to recuse himself

JOHANNESBURG, Sep.28 (Xinhua) -- Former South African President Jacob Zuma's legal team on Monday wrote to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, demanding he recuse himself as the chair of the state capture commission because of his bias against Zuma.

"For the reasons to be fully set out in the application to be made, we are instructed to seek your recusal as Chairperson of the commission on the ground that our client (Zuma) reasonably apprehended that you have already adopted a biased disposition against him," the letter from Zuma's legal representative Eric Mabuza said.

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will: South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will.

With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in Greenland and Canada sliding into the sea, countries are acutely aware there’s no vaccine for global warming.

UNICEF Urges Re-Opening Of Schools In Eastern, Southern Africa

CAPE TOWN, Sept 23 (NNN-BUANEWS) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), called on governments, parents, and teachers across Eastern and Southern Africa, to urgently and safely re-open schools, as the costs of continued school closures escalate across the region.

Across this region of the nearly 65 million children remaining out of school, around one in two are not reached by any form of learning, while millions continue to miss what was their one nutritious meal of the day, according to UNICEF.

South Africa did not know about Iran’s plans to assassinate US envoy

15 Sep 2020; MEMO: Authorities in South Africa were unaware that Iran was plotting to assassinate US Ambassador to the country, Lana Marks.

According to Bloomberg, a spokesman for the South African Foreign Ministry described the American reports on the case as “surprising”. The official said: “We knew about this report only this morning.”

South Africa: Lawyers allege ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero faces risk of torture

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legal team for “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina has filed a complaint with the United Nations special rapporteur on torture asserting that Rusesabagina faces an “immediate risk” of cruel treatment as he remains cut off from lawyers, consular officials and his family more than a week after he appeared in handcuffs in Rwanda.

The complaint filed Monday with Nils Melzer asks for an immediate investigation to make sure Rusesabagina, long an outspoken critic of Rwanda’s government, “is still alive.”

South Africa: Protest in Mauritius over oil spill, dozens of dead dolphins

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Honking and drumming, thousands of people protested Saturday in the capital of Mauritius over the government’s handling of an oil spill from a grounded Japanese ship and the alarming discovery of dozens of dead dolphins in recent days.

The protesters waved the country’s flag and held up signs with messages such as “You have no shame” and “I’ve seen better Cabinets at IKEA.”

South African court allows sheep exports to Middle East, rejects cruelty concerns

CAPE TOWN, Aug 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A South African court ruled that a Kuwaiti firm could ship thousands of sheep to the Middle East, dealing a blow to animal welfare activists seeking to ban such exports on concerns that extreme heat could kill the animals en route.

In the high court case, South Africa’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) sought an interim injunction to prevent Kuwaiti livestock exporter Al Mawashi from sailing a vessel loaded with sheep out of South Africa’s East London port.

South Africa: COVID-19 lockdowns blocked flu in some places but fall looms

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Winter is ending in the Southern Hemisphere and country after country -- South Africa, Australia, Argentina -- had a surprise: Their steps against COVID-19 also apparently blocked the flu.

But there’s no guarantee the Northern Hemisphere will avoid twin epidemics as its own flu season looms while the coronavirus still rages.

Mali’s military urges state officials to return to work

PRETORIA, August 20. /TASS/: Mali’s military leaders who seized power have called on citizens to stop "the acts of vandalism" in the country and asked state officials to return to work, Nigerian newspaper Vanguard reported on Thursday.

"We are inviting all staff of state agencies to come to work and start working," a representative of the self-proclaimed National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) Col. Ismael Wague told the national television.

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