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Updated 11 June, 2017
Psa 74:20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

Nelson Mandela - father-in-law of suspectKing Mswati III Frans MaelaBlack 'astronaut' - file photoMugabe"Traditional Healer"Coco the Chimp - file photo


 

    Darkest Africa: Young South African student was 'raped, stabbed and strangled to death' after carjacking
Hannah Cornelius Hannah Cornelius Vernon Witbooi, 32, and/or Geraldo Parsens, 26.black rape-killerblack rape-killerFour men have been arrested after a young student was allegedly raped, stabbed and then strangled to death in a brutal carjacking in South Africa's Western Cape province. Hannah Cornelius was with a friend, Cheslin Marsh, when they were attacked in the leafy university town of Stellenbosch. Two men were arrested by police the next day, following a high speed car chase involving the Volkswagen Golf which police said was stolen from Miss Cornelius. Two more suspects have since been arrested. Stellenbosch University students Miss Cornelius, 21, and Mr Marsh, were together in her car in the early hours of Friday morning when they were hijacked by four men. Mr Marsh was forced into the boot of the car and Miss Cornelius was put in the back seat and the attackers drove them 11 miles to the Kraaifontein suburb of Cape Town. There, Mr Marsh was allegedly pelted with bricks but managed to escape over a wall. He was found by resident Averal Fortuin, who told News24 “he was barefoot and covered in blood”. Mr Fortuin said Mr Marsh told him: “If I hadn’t jumped over the wall, I would have been dead.” Mr Marsh suffered head injuries and a broken arm and remains in a Cape Town hospital. Miss Cornelius was driven to another location and raped, stabbed and strangled, according to reports. Her body was found on a road outside of Kraaifontein. The car was allegedly used to conduct a robbery in another town. Video footage captured the police chase which led to the arrest of two of the suspects, Vernon Witbooi, 32, and Geraldo Parsens, 26. “It's inexplicable; flippin' animals,” her uncle, Dries Cornelius said. - (Black-on-white) - (Africa)
   

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  • For 2 Experts Killed in Congo, U.N. Provided Little Training and No Protection - Demand return of White woman's head
    Zaida Catalan (L) and UN American researcher Michael SharpCongo suspectsA grainy cellphone video shows what happened next: A cluster of men with rifles and red bandannas lead Zaida Catalán, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean, into a grove with her American colleague, Michael J. Sharp, 34. The two investigators are barefoot. Mr. Sharp starts arguing. He and Ms. Catalán are forced onto the ground. Suddenly, shots are fired, hitting Mr. Sharp first. Ms. Catalán screams and tries to run for cover. She is shot twice. Their bodies were discovered weeks later in a shallow grave, laid out carefully, side by side, in opposite directions. Ms. Catalán had been decapitated. Her head had been taken. Then, on Saturday, the Congolese said they knew who had ordered the killings and where Ms. Catalán’s head was, but gave no further details. - (Black-on-white) - (Africa)
 

    ‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate
AfricanAfricanAfricanRobert LynnSue HowarthSue HowarthLAST month, British woman Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn were woken at 2am by three men breaking into a window of their remote farm in Dullstroom, a small town in the northeast of South Africa, about 240km from the nearest capital city. The couple, who had lived in the area for 20 years, were tied up, stabbed, and tortured with a blowtorch for several hours. - (Black-on-white) - (Africa)
   

    DARKEST AFRICA: Bodies of abducted Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan discovered in DRC shallow grave
Zaida Catalan (L) and Michael Sharp (R)Congo suspectsIt has been confirmed that the two Caucasian bodies found in shallow graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive Kasaï Central province belong to two missing United Nations experts. American Michael Sharp, 34, and Swede Zaida Catalan, 36, were investigating human rights violations in the DRC for the UN and had been missing since the 12 March. - (Black-on-white) - (Africa)

    (White) South African mother found naked with her EYES gouged out after being stabbed 21 times as police arrest black beast
Tanya WiersA South African woman who was ambushed in her own home was stabbed 21 times before having her eyes gouged out before her naked body was discovered by her son who arrived home from school. Tanya Wiers, 44, was discovered by her son Rolf lying in her daughter's bedroom after suffering the gruesome attack. The brutal slaying has been described by police as the worst they have ever witnessed. The mother-of-three was attacked at her home in Polokwane, about 150 miles north of Pretoria. Police arrested 25-year-old suspect Frans Maela in connection with the killing. A family friend told the Bosveld Review said she had gone into the house after Mrs Wiers' husband Rolf Snr said he received a disturbing call from her son who was talking incoherently: 'I went into the house, thinking she might have died from a heart attack. What I saw was like something out of a horror movie. She was lying in her youngest daughter’s room covered by a duvet beside the bed. - (Africa) - (Black-on-white)

 

    Canada: Farai Chigogora deported to Zimbabwe
Farai ChigogoraHamilton’s Farai Chigogora has been deported to Zimbabwe after losing a last minute bid to stay in Canada. Chigogora, 21, was deported in connection with a 2012 home invasion in Cayuga, Ont., for which he eventually plead guilty to theft under $5,000 and served 15 months in jail. Chigogora's supporters said he left Canada on a plane Tuesday evening.  - (Canada) - (Darkest Africa)

 

    Congolese ex-VP Bemba convicted of murder, rape, pillage
Jean-Pierre BembaTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court convicted former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on Monday of murder, rape and pillage for acts by his militia in the Central African Republic in 2002-03. The judgment was hailed as a landmark in the fight against impunity for sex crimes in conflict. - (Darkest Africa)

    SOUTH AFRICA: MURDER MOST FOUL- ELDERLY WHITE MAN BRUTALLY MURDERED AND HIS FLESH RIPPED FROM HIS BODY
An elderly white businessman was found stabbed to death in his Kelvin Estate, Croydon home on Thursday morning. Aron James Hammon (76) was found naked and with his hands tied in one of the bedrooms of his home. The flesh on one of his arms was ripped from his body. Two knives were found at the scene of the crime. His son and daughter-in-law made the gruesome discovery when they went to check up on him, as they do every morning, before going to work. Hammon and his son apparently worked together in the same construction company belonging to the victim. Police estimate the murder could have taken place at about 1am. - (Black-on-white) - (Africa)

    Elderly (White) couple's desperate plea to return to England after violent attacks in (black) Zimbabwe
Sandra and Gerry De Clerk BATTERED and bruised, a pensioner who fears for her life in Zimbabwe is urging the British government to allow her and husband Gerry to move back to England. Sandra De Klerk, 75, is fighting to get her husband Gerry, 80, a UK visa after the couple were brutally assaulted during two break-ins at their home in Harare. Traumatised and living in fear, the couple are desperate to move back to Stroud, a market town in Gloucestershire. But Mr De Klerk has a Zimbabwean passport, making it difficult for the couple to secure a visa. Because of the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar in the 1990s, the pair's combined retirement savings were lost. Unable to raise the money required, the couple have found themselves stranded in Zimbabwe. - (Africa)

    Darkest Africa: South Africa: 3 men charged with the murder and suspected rape of a (White) 87-year-old nun
Gertrud TiefenbacherJOHANNESBURG – Nuns at a rural convent in South Africa say they feel safer after the arrest of three men accused of killing an elderly colleague. Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said the three will appear in court on Wednesday, charged with murder, robbery and rape. Zwane said they were arrested on Apr. 27, about week after the attack. A police statement said Austrian Gertrud Tiefenbacher was found dead in her room, her hands bound with a cord from an electric typewriter. Her face was covered with a towel, which suffocated her. Police also suspect she was raped. Sister Gerald Frye of the Sacred Heart Home said the 87-year-old, known as Sister Stefanie, was buried on Monday in the KwaZulu-Natal province at the convent where she worked for more than 50 years. - (Africa)
   
  • Three held for KZN nun’s rape, murder
  • Nun, 86, gang-raped, killed in South African convent
  • Zuma Blasts Press for “Making South Africa Look Bad”
    It is a bit more difficult to find an acceptable motive for the murder of 74-year-old Scottish-born Sandra Malcolm. She was found on April 20th hacked to death and mutilated in her flat but nothing was stolen. There is also the April 21st case of 62-year-old Allan Clarke who was stripped naked and bludgeoned to death so viciously that parts of his scalp with hair attached to it and pieces of his teeth were found in his blood-splattered vehicle. His tongue was also ripped out. Not a day goes by that these senseless, horrific attacks take place and the leadership’s only response is to keep quiet and promote the myth of the peaceful “Rainbow Nation”. The world should be horrified at the pictures depicting the xenophobic murder of Emmanuel Sithole but simply typing into Google Images “south african whites murdered” will tell a graphic story that will make the average horror movie look like a picnic.

    Expat Scottish grandmother murdered in her home in Cape Town
Sandra Malcolm 74-year-old Scottish-born Sandra Malcolm was due to fly home to see relatives next month after living in the Cape Town area for 35 years. But the body of the 74-year-old, originally from Angus, was discovered by her grandson on Sunday morning, sparking a massive manhunt for her killers. Ms Malcolm’s nephew, Colin Chalmers, last night said the family had been left distraught by the murder. He said: “I’ve never had to deal with anything like this before. "It’s completely shocking. “All I know is that my auntie has been murdered. "I don’t want to court any of the rumours around it because we know very little at this stage.” The killing took place in Marina da Gama, around half-an-hour’s drive from the centre of Cape Town and located near the stunning False Bay. Details are still emerging of how the pensioner came to be found in her flat at Capri Mews complex. South African news networks reported that her body had been mutilated by her attackers, although police would not confirm this. - (Africa)

    South Africa: CAPE TOWN - An Eastern Cape teacher whose lifeless body was found abandoned
Jayde Panayiotoublack suspectin Uitenhage last week will be laid to rest at 2pm today. Twenty eight-year-old Jayde Panayiotou was abducted from outside her residence in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday last week. The next day, police found her body just outside the Kwanobuhle township in Uitenhage. She was apparently shot dead. Police have released the identity kit of a possible suspect as the investigation into her murder enters its second week. - (Africa)
   

    Darkest Africa: Zulu man allowed HYENA to eat his genitals because a witch doctor told him it would make him rich
Chamangeni ZuluA man has been left without genitals and with three missing toes after a witch doctor told him that losing his body parts would make him rich. Chamangeni Zulu, from Malawi, has been hospitalised at Chipata General Hospital in Zambia, near the Malawi border, after he allowed the hyena to eat his manhood. Mr Zulu told the Times of Zambia yesterday that he was promised by a witch doctor that by sacrificing his body parts he would become rich. - (Africa)

   

Zimbabwe: Pastor Martin Gumbura convicted on four counts of rape - (Africa)
Robert Martin Gumbura Pastor Robert Martin Gumbura who has 11 wives and 30 children, had denied allegations of multiple rape, claiming the women were fabricating stories against him under the influence of Spoken Word Ministries pastor Godwin Chitsinde.

Zimbabwean pastor jailed 50 years for rape
"You were a real wolf in sheepskin," said magistrate Hoseah Mujaya.


   

Headlines from 'Darkest Africa' - (Africa) - (Well, from 'Modern Ghana')

   

   

Mandela's passing and the looming threat of a race war against South Africa's whites.
As a widow mourns the latest murdered Afrikaner farmer, a chilling dispatch from a nation holding its breath.

   
  • Roelof du Plessis, 46 shot on his farm outside Pretoria by gang of black intruders
  • Fears rise that killings are part of a systematic bid to drive white people out of South Africa
  • President Jacob Zuma known to sing 'struggle song' about killing white Afrikaners
    Roelof du PlessisMandela gives communist fist saluteThe horror started just before midnight on Wednesday this week. After listening to the latest television news about the health of Nelson Mandela, a South African family living not far from the former President’s hospital unit turned in for the night. But Roelof and Laura du Plessis, a married couple with four children who live on a heavily fortified farm outside Pretoria, did not have a peaceful night’s rest. In fact they were about to become the latest victims of what white pressure groups in this troubled nation say is nothing less than a savage war against them. Hearing noises outside their home, Mr du Plessis, 46, got out of bed and ran outside. To his horror, he found his 19-year-old son being held with a gun to his head by a gang of five armed black attackers. Father and son were ordered to lie on the ground. The invaders did not ask for money or the keys to the expensive vehicles in the drive. They were there only to terrorise and kill. Hearing voices outside, Laura, 44, came out of her bedroom to investigate — and her torch illuminated an awful scene as the gang pointed guns at her husband. Her son managed to get up and sprint off into the darkness when the men were confused by the flashlight. But Du Plessis was not so lucky. The intruders opened fire at once, shooting him six times through the throat, lungs and abdomen. As he writhed on the ground in agony, the men ran off into the night leaving empty bullet cartridges littering the yard. In the darkness, Laura attempted heart massage on her husband, who could still talk despite his appalling injuries, but to no avail. - (Black-on-white)

    South Africa: Two blacks drowned white child in boiling water - July 25, 2012
accused Viana familyTwo young black males gagged a crying 12-year old white boy and afterwards drowned him in a bath filled with boiling water. The accused yesterday admitted guilt to the murder with smiles as they appeared in the Vereeniging regional court, reports the Johannesburg Afrikaans daily, Beeld. In a typical South African black-on-white atrocity, the boy and his entire family were massacred on 1 October 2011 in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg. Amaro Jose Viana, of Portuguese descent, his mother Geraldine (42) and father Tony (53) were killed in an attack by the family’s gardener Petrus Radebe (24), Sipho Mbele (21) and Sphiwe David Motaung (20). A fourth black person, a minor whose name was not published and appartently the son of Petrus Radebe, also participated in the attack. All four admitted their guilt on all charges against them. According to the accused, “we mutually raped Geraldine Viana”. Sipho Mbele raped her first while Petrus Radebe helped to restrain her by standing on her face. Afterwards Radebe raped her too. Beeld reports that Charmaine Castleman, an attorney appearing for the accused, read a statement in court explaining that the three men burgled the Viana residence to rob them of their possessions and “to get Geraldine Viana back” for the way she had treated them. The white family’s dog apparently barked tremendously during the burglary. The animal was killed by disembowelling him. - (Black-on-white) - (Africa)

   

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    Africa: Kwaku Amable Jailed for Bonking 7 Sheep
Kwaku AmableA Kumasi Circuit Court has thrown behind bars a 36-year-old carpenter for 36 months for having sexual intercourse with a sheep. Kwaku Amable, who is married with two children, was found guilty of bestiality, the act of having sex with an animal. He committed the act despite excessive bleating by the sheep at about 12 midnight on March 25, 2011. - (Newsroom) - (Black rapes) - (Africa)

    Ghana: Hip-hop musician Asem Dragged To Police Over Rape and impregnation of a minor
Asem Hip-hop musician Asem has been invited to report to the Ministries Police Station today to help in investigations into allegations that he had drugged, defiled and impregnated a minor in her first year at an Accra-based Senior High School. - (Newsroom) - (Black rapes) - (Africa)

 

 
  • Somali pirates hijack yet another cargo ship
    Saturday's hijacking brings to 25 the vessels held by Somali pirates, the EU force said. The pirates are also holding about 601 crew members. Somali pirates are able to operate because of Somalia's lawlessness. The Horn of Africa nation has been without an effective government for 19 years. - (Africa)

    Former president Nelson Mandela's son-in-law, Isaac Amuah, wanted in the US on rape charges
Isaac AmuahThe US wants Isaac Amuah to be extradited to stand trial. He was an assistant professor at the Manchester Technical Community College, in Hartford, Connecticut, at the time of the alleged rape. Amuah is accused of sexually assaulting an algebra student in April 1993. He has denied the charge. The US intends charging him with seven counts, including three of sexual assault, three of kidnapping and one of failing to appear in a Connecticut court on three occasions after he was granted bail. The first warrant for his arrest was issued by the US in January 1994, a month after he left America for South Africa. - (Newsroom) - (Black rapes) - (Africa)

    Africa: Court hears of Congo 'war crimes'
Jean-Pierre BembaWar crimes judges have begun hearing evidence against a militia commanded by former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba. His Movement for the Liberation of Congo intervened in a power struggle in neighbouring Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003. The International Criminal Court pre-trial hearings involve claims of murder and rape. Mr Bemba denies all charges. One man who said he had been raped in front of his family, then forced to watch his wife and children abused. - (Newsroom) - (Africa)

    South African Stanley Tirizai Mabona kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old American tourist girl
A Johannesburg High Court judge said Stanley Tirizai Mabona, 22, of Pimville, Soweto, had shamed his country - and then sentenced him to an effective 18 years in jail for the multiple rape and robbery of a 14-year-old American girl.

The girl was in the country for only three days with her mother and other Americans to teach about the dangers of HIV and Aids when Mabona kidnapped her from a group of friends on June 20 last year. They were returning from a party that night when Mabona and his friend Derrick Mabaso pounced.

Mabaso later turned state witness. Mabona, who was carrying an object resembling a firearm, then took the girl to a disused golf course in Pimville where he raped her. Afterwards, he took her to his family's house where he raped her again in the presence of his retarded brother.

He was found guilty on May 6 of two rapes, two robberies, kidnapping and illegal possession of an object resembling a firearm. - (Newsroom) - (Africa)

 

 

 

 

    How secret camera in Catholic archbishop's 'love nest' silenced vocal Mugabe critic
The pictures are as grainy and blurry as you might expect from a tiny camera hidden in the ceiling of what Zimbabwe's government press is calling "the archbishop's love nest". But there is little doubt that the man perched on the edge of the bed is Pius Ncube, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo and furious opponent of Robert Mugabe. Behind the cleric, as he takes his shirt off, is a shape that a worker on Zimbabwe railways, Onesimus Sibanda, says is his wife, Rosemary, a secretary in the cathedral.
The video, showing a full frontal shot of a naked man who appears to be the archbishop as he climbs on to a woman whose breasts are also visible, is the basis of a lawsuit against the archbishop that is ostensibly about Mr Sibanda's honour but which the government has seized on - and almost certainly engineered - to silence one of Mr Mugabe's most persistent and effective critics. - (Africa)

    Witness Testifies She Was Raped 4 Times * Rwandans focus on war crimes trial in Montreal
Desire MunyanezaMONTREAL -- A woman testified Tuesday she was raped four times by a man on trial in Canada for war crimes during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The witness, known as C17 under a court order protecting her identity, is the first person to testify that she was a victim of violence at the hands of Desire Munyaneza, who is accused of leading attacks on members of the Tutsi ethnic minority at the National University of Rwanda and south of the capital, Kigali. More than a half million Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were slain during the genocide. Munyaneza is the first person charged under Canada's War Crimes Act, which permits the trial of suspects for crimes that occurred abroad. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The woman told the court Tuesday that after days on the run she was taken with several other women to a local government office where she was kept for days before being turned over to Munyaneza. "He undressed me, made me lie on the ground, and then he had his way," the woman recalled during emotional testimony. "Desire raped me." The woman added that Munyaneza raped several other women and hacked Tutsi men to death. - (Newsroom) - (Africa)

    Liberian lawmaker wanted on child rape charges in US
Kettehkumuehn Earl Murray The Child Abuse Unit of the Law Enforcement Division of Long Island in New York has published a bulletin containing full description and detailed personal information of Mr. Kettehkumuehn Earl Murray, a lawmaker representing District number 3 of Montserrado County under the Banner of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, alleging he sexually abused a minor in the state of North Carolina, USA in 1996. The bulletin said " Murray was charged with indecent liberties with a child, and attempted rape, and a state arrest warrant was issued on April 15, 1997, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. A federal arrest warrant was issued on April 7, 1999, by the United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, after Murray was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution". - (Newsroom) - (crime) - (Africa)

    Zimbabwe Leader: Dissent to Be Crushed
Monkey MugabePresident Robert Mugabe said Wednesday his government will not tolerate dissent created "under the guise of freedom of expression." Mugabe, in his annual state of the nation address to parliament, said law enforcement agencies will continue to crush dissent in the troubled southern African nation. He said government opponents were bent on creating anarchy and pushing what he has described as a British attempt to topple his government. - (Africa)

 

 
  • Gun-Toting Gangs Force Johannesburg Citizens to Cower Behind Barbed Wire
    A security guard meets Lawrence Rae and his fiancée, Nola Malan, at the gate of their home in a Johannesburg suburb every time they return home from a night out, part of a service for which he pays about 400 rand ($56) a month. ``The cost is small compared to getting raped or losing your life,'' said Rae, a 39-year-old manager at Dimension Data Holdings Plc in Johannesburg, who was shot at and robbed in his driveway in June. ``We live in fear.'' South Africa's largest city, where crime rates had gradually declined since the end of apartheid in 1994, is grappling with a surge in violence triggered by gangs armed with AK-47s. Armored car heists in Gauteng province, whose main urban center is Johannesburg, rose 72 percent in the 12 months through March, police say. Violent business robberies jumped 48 percent.
  • Circumcision Halves H.I.V. Risk, U.S. Agency Finds
    The announcement was made by officials of the National Institutes of Health as they halted two clinical trials, in Kenya and Uganda, on the ground that not offering circumcision to all the men taking part would be unethical. The success of the trials confirmed a study done last year in South Africa.
    - If circumcision halves H.I.V. risk then castration might further reduce risk

  • Court: Botswana Bushmen Wrongly Evicted


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  • Zimbabwe may let whites farm again
    Robert MugabeZimbabwe, facing food shortages blamed partly on its large-scale seizures of white-owned farms, is considering allowing some interested whites to return to farming, a minister said. President Robert Mugabe's government has received more than 200 applications from whites to take up farming again, land minister Flora Buka said on Saturday during an agriculture conference in South Africa. "As regards white commercial farmers, there are some who have indicated that they would want to continue farming," Buka told Reuters. "Their applications are being considered. If they are willing to stay, that is also going to be considered. Also, the amount of land they have is also going to be considered." Asked if the government was still confiscating land from whites to redistribute to blacks, Buka said: "Yes, we are still resettling our people on the land that is state land." Many of Zimbabwe's white farmers have gone overseas or to other African countries after often violent land grabs backed by Mugabe, who initiated the redistribution program six years ago. - (Africa)

  • Captors Free 2 Italians Seized in Niger
  • 'Both sides' violate Uganda truce

  • South Africa: Anti-rape condom aims to stop sexual assaults
    A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker’s penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.

 

 

    African wife of a missing British pensioner burned him alive
Kate and William West
The 26-year-old African wife of a missing British pensioner is to be charged with murdering him after he was found to have been burned alive. Cops said the charred remains of tycoon William West, 76, were close to the couple’s luxury holiday beach home in Gambia. He vanished on July 3 while on a vacation with wife Kate. She claimed he disappeared after popping into a cigar store on a day trip to neighbouring Senegal. Mrs West was originally from Ghana but lived in Gambia with her Nigerian parents. She married Mr West six years ago — when she was 20 — after they met while he was on holiday in Gambia. Police are holding her in custody, along with a West African man. - (Newsroom) - (crime) - (Black-on-white) - (Burned Alive!) - (UK)

 
  • Senegal suspends deal to take back illegal migrants
    Senegalese men board a boat near Saint Louis, a popular departure point for illegal immigrants headed to the Canary Islands.DAKAR, Senegal (Reuters) -- Senegal has suspended the repatriation of Senegalese illegal migrants from Spain's Canary Islands because it said they were mistreated and lied to by Spanish authorities, a government official said on Thursday. Repatriation flights were halted a day after the two governments announced the start of an operation to return more than 600 Senegalese migrants from the Canaries, where nearly 9,000 sub-Saharan Africans have come ashore in boats this year. - (EU)


  • Sweden OKs Law to Take Liberia's War-Criminal Taylor
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish lawmakers have approved a law that makes it possible for the Scandinavian country to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if a U.N.-backed tribunal convicts him of war crimes, government officials said Thursday.

  • Kenyan boy mauled by dogs has operation
  • At least four people, including a Kenyan policeman, have died in clashes between police and street hawkers in the capital, Nairobi.
    Nairobi riotThe trouble started when police tried to arrest illegal street traders. The BBC's Anne Mawathe says when one of the vendors tried to escape the police opened fire, infuriating the traders. They rioted and set fire to power transformers, which the police had to put out with piles of earth. Local television reports that some of demonstrators have serious bullet wounds. Our correspondent says confrontations between hawkers and the police are not unusual in Nairobi as the traders are not allowed to trade in the central business areas of the capital.

 
  • After expropriating White farmers Mugabe now takes control of farms owned by blacks
    Robert MugabeZimbabwe -- For years, Zimbabwe's white farmers have felt the wrath of President Robert Mugabe as they have been thrown off their land to make way for soldiers and ruling party cronies.  Now, longstanding black farmers have also become the focus of Mr. Mugabe's unwelcome attentions. The soldiers plowed up the vegetables, which he grew to earn cash to pay school fees for his children, and told him to plant corn.   Neighboring farmers -- some of them women -- who refused to uproot their own vegetables and fruit trees were beaten until they submitted.  Now Mr. Dube, and other farmers like him, have been told that they must sell most of their harvest to Zimbabwe's Grain Marketing Board, for a price yet to be determined, as part of Mr. Mugabe's drive to boost the nation's supply of the basic food. - (Africa)

  • Darkest Africa: Mauritanian Leader Calls for Abolishment of Slavery
    The military ruler of Mauritania called Friday for his countrymen to stamp out slavery — a rare official acknowledgment that the long-outlawed practice continues in the northwest African country. "Yes to the abolition of slavery, of all slaveries," said Col. Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, adding that he will be the first to back anti-slavery groups working in Mauritania. Mauritania outlawed slavery in 1981, and the official government stance has been that the practice no longer exists within its borders. Slavery in the Muslim country has traditionally followed ethnic lines, with lighter-skinned maurs owning darker Africans and ownership passing down through generations. - (Africa) - (Reparations for Slavery)

  • 3 Americans held in Congo released

    South African poletics: Zulu Zuma: Not using condom was mistake
Jacob Zuma
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) -- South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma apologized on Tuesday for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman and said he was resuming his duties at the ruling ANC party after his acquittal on rape charges. South Africa has the biggest HIV caseload in the world, with nearly 5 million people infected.   Zuma, an ethnic Zulu, was hit with the rape charge following a separate graft scandal last year which prompted Mbeki to sack him as the country's second-highest official. He faces trial on the corruption case in July.. - (Africa)

   

Police search for killer chimps
Coco the Chimp - file photoFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Police hunted for chimpanzees that escaped from a Sierra Leone preserve and mauled a group of local and American sightseers -- a rare attack that left one local man dead and at least four other people hospitalized. The U.S. Embassy warned Americans against traveling to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, from where the chimps escaped before the attack on a taxicab filled with Americans and others. The Sierra Leonean driver died as the chimps ripped his body apart and the three Americans were treated at a local hospital. - (Newsroom) - (Africa)


 
  • France's Ties With African Leaders Fading

  • Robert Mugabe invites whites to lease back farmland
    MugabeZimbabwe's dispossessed white farmers have been invited to lease farms back from the government, a tacit admission of the failure of Robert Mugabe's land seizures. If the applications are granted, it would be a reversal of Mr Mugabe's vows not to return land to white farmers. Didymus Mutasa, the security minister, who also holds the land reform portfolio, said this week that the country's land belonged to black people and "there is definitely no going back on our policy on land". - (Newsroom)  

 
  • Liberia's Charles Taylor denies atrocities before tribunal - Former warlord is first African president to face war crimes charges
    Charles TaylorFREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday before an international war crimes tribunal, denying 11 counts of helping destabilize West Africa through killings, sexual slavery and sending children into combat.  



  • South Africa: Zuma takes stand in rape trial
    Jacob ZumaSouth Africa (AP) -- The man once groomed to be South Africa's next president defended himself Monday against charges that he raped an HIV-positive family friend.   Jacob Zuma, who was sacked as deputy president under a cloud of corruption last June, told a packed courtroom that he had caressed, kissed, massaged and then had sex with the woman, who at no stage tried to resist him.

    Warlord is sent to international court as first case
Thomas Lubanga The International Criminal Court is preparing to receive its first prisoner, a Congolese warlord accused of ordering the killing of nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers last year, according to sources at the court. Thomas Lubanga, the leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), was arrested in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), last March, weeks after the peacekeepers were killed in the lawless Ituri region in the east of the country.  

 
  • Uganda opposition leader cleared of rape

  • Mandela's heir accused of rape
    He was Mandela's heir. Now he's accused of raping woman who called him Uncle
    Jacob ZumaHE ASPIRED to be South Africa’s next leader and considered himself the rightful heir to Nelson Mandela’s legacy, a black man ready to lead his people to peace and prosperity. But yesterday Jacob Zuma stood in the dock in a Johannesburg courtroom accused of rape, his quest for the presidency apparently in ruins. As political demises go, it could hardly have been more dramatic.
    A hushed courtroom listened as an HIV-positive Aids activist recounted in graphic detail on the first day of his trial how she had been raped by the trusted friend of her family.



    South Africa: King's brother jailed for rape of 9-year-old girl, his own niece
Mbuyisa DlaminiKing Mswati III of SwazilandPrince Mbuyisa Dlamini, elder brother of King Mswati III of Swaziland and a senior member of the Swazi royal household, has been sent to jail for seven years because he raped a nine year-old girl.   In his finding Justice Joe Gumede on Thursday strongly condemned Dlamini's act in the Mbabane magistrate's court. "Those who commit this type of crime have to receive heavy sentences because they really do not deserve to be part of the community. "What you did, has brought shame on your own head and also on the heads of your children. 'Won't mention the royal family' "I will not even dare to mention the royal family," Gumede said.  The victim was Dlamini's niece, his sister's grandchild. Dlamini caused "pain and suffering when he penetrated her and tore her vagina without any qualms about her rights and dignity, the worst aspect being that she was in no position to defend herself".  
Ref: King Mswati's Time is Up
To many on the outside, King Mswati III is just a curiosity - a youngster with an overcharged libido and the political power to feed it. The world laughs at his quirks and his extravagances. When the Western press reports on his excesses, they blithely refer to him as "Africa's last absolute monarch". Mswati's security forces rounded up pro-democracy activists. Unable to solve a string of petrol bomb attacks on government properties, the Swazi authorities are alleged to have tortured the activists in a bid to extract confessions.

    Rwandan rebel convicted of butchering 9 English-speaking gorilla tourists to death with clubs and machetes
Jean-Paul Bizimana, alias Xavier Van DameA former Rwandan soldier has been given a 15-year jail term for the murder of eight western "gorilla tourists" and a game warden in a Ugandan park in 1999.  The judge spared Jean Paul Bizimana, 32, the death sentence, saying some of the tourists' home-countries view capital punishment as "abhorrent". He was among Rwandan rebels who abducted 14 tourists and their guide as they tracked rare mountain gorillas. The tourists were from the US, the UK and New Zealand.  Four Britons as well as two Americans, two New Zealanders and a Ugandan game warden, were bludgeoned to death with axes and machetes in the attack.  The victims were Americans Rob Haubner and his wife, Susan Miller, of Portland, Ore.; Rhonda Avis, 27, and Michelle Strathern, 26, from New Zealand; Britons Martin Friend, 24, Steven Robert, 27 and Mark Lindgren, 23, and Joanne Cotton, a driver for the London-based outfitter that organized trips to Africa, and Ugandan guide Ross Wagaba. During the march, eight people were killed with machetes and axes. Susan Miller also was allegedly raped by one of the suspects, the indictment said. - (UK) - (Black-on-White)

    South Africa: Son of UK’s High Commissioner to South Africa accused of rape
Benjamin Boateng, now 21Paul Boateng
A son of former Cabinet minister Paul Boateng has been accused of rape. Benjamin Boateng, 21, has been investigated over claims by an 18-year-old girl in Cape Town, South Africa. He has not been arrested and strongly protests his innocence. He says the girl consented to sex. Benjamin’s father — a friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair — has been the UK’s High Commissioner to South Africa since last year.  Mr Boateng — who became Britain’s first black minister after Labour’s 1997 election triumph — is said to be shellshocked by the girl’s claims of a double assault.  - (NNN Newsroom) - (Africa) - (UK)


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    UK: Reward offered in sex gang case - Black South African migrant pack rapists on the loose
Females Be Alert!Women of BritainDetectives investigating a series of rapes in Northampton have issued a reward for information leading to the arrest of the sex attackers. Over the last two weeks there have been three rapes and two attempted abductions which Northamptonshire Police believe could be linked. The attacks have led police to warn women and girls not to go out alone in the town after dark. The offenders are described as black, in their 20s, with very dark skin, about 6ft tall and spoke with South African accents. The latest victim, a 30-year-old woman, was found with head injuries early on Monday morning. She had been hit on the head before being raped. On 1 August attempts were made to abduct a 15-year-old in the early hours of the morning. Less than an hour later an 18-year-old was forced into a car, driven to Duston and raped. After police released details of these attacks an 18-year-old woman reported being raped. - (Svejk) - (UK)

    Darkest Africa: South Africa, Cape Town - Cops ask for help in finding baby killers
Jordan Leigh Nortonbaby killer sketchPolice have remained tight-lipped after the murder of a six-month-old baby in Rondebosch East two days ago. On Thursday they released an identikit of one of the four intruders responsible for the murder that has shocked the community. Jordan-Leigh Norton was stabbed when four intruders gained entry to her Scout Road home, held up her nanny and uncle and ransacked the house of valuables. Baby's murder puzzles cops
- (African Crusader) - (black on white)

    Mandela son-in-law seeking to resolve rape charge in Connecticut
Isaac AmuahThe son-in-law of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who left Connecticut 12-years ago while facing rape charges, is trying to resolve that case, his attorney said Friday. Isaac Amuah, a former professor at Manchester Community Technical College, was accused of sexually assaulting a 34-year-old student from his algebra class inside Amuah's Manchester apartment. Amuah was charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He was given permission to travel to South Africa for the holidays in 1993 and never returned. - (crime)



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