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Sasfin CEO Michael Sassoon says it is unjust for banks to be held liable ‘for taxes that their clients have failed to pay’. Image: Moneyweb

SARS targets Sasfin over dealings with alleged ‘Gold Mafia’ clients

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has a R4.87 billion target on Sasfin Bank’s back. This week it issued summons against the bank for two damages claims of R1.97 billion and R2.9 billion, arguing that several of its clients were assisted by bank staff in unlawfully shipping billions of rands offshore. Sasfin responded on Tuesday,

9 killed in South Africa crash after attending ANC election rally

AP Nine people were killed in a road crash in South Africa on Sunday after attending an election rally by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ruling African National Congress party. The ANC supporters were traveling on a bus back to their home province of Mpumalanga the morning after Saturday’s rally in the eastern city of

Supporters of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) attend the 112th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the party in January 2024 [File: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

South Africa to hold general election on May 29

Al Jazeera South Africa will hold national and provincial elections on May 29, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office has said. Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is expected to face a tough challenge to retain its parliamentary majority in the country’s seventh democratic election since the end of the apartheid system in 1994. “The 2024

Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rule on emergency measures against Israel following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, January 26, 2024. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo

South Africa asks World Court to find Israeli occupation illegal

Reuters South Africa on Tuesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue a non-binding legal opinion that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal, arguing it would help efforts to reach a settlement. Representatives of South Africa opened the second day of hearings at the ICJ, also known as the World Court,

GETTY IMAGES Image caption, Critics have targeted both Kenyan President William Ruto (L) and Nigerian President Bola Tinubu (R) for the number of trips they have made

William Ruto and Bola Tinubu: Africa’s ‘flying presidents’ under fire

BBC News Africa Since Kenya’s William Ruto and Nigeria’s Bola Tinubu became presidents, they have faced similar criticism over their frequent trips abroad. The two men have been the subject of unflattering descriptions – the costs associated with their alleged penchant for air travel often contrasted with tough economic conditions at home. A Kenyan newspaper,

AU summit calls for international solidarity to Palestine

Xinhua African leaders on Saturday urged for an “immediate end” to the Palestine-Israel conflict, calling for international solidarity with Palestine during the 37th African Union (AU) summit. The current situation in Gaza is “an evident illustration of the imperative for reform” within the international system “marked by considerable injustice and varying standards,” said Mohamed Ould

An opposition supporter reacts in front of a burning barricade during demonstrations called by the opposition parties in Dakar on February 4, 2024 [Seyllou/AFP]

Protest over election delay postponed in Senegal after government ban

Al Jazeera A protest march scheduled for Tuesday against Senegalese President Macky Sall’s controversial move to delay this month’s presidential poll to December has been postponed after authorities banned it, organisers said. Elymane Haby Kane, one of the organisers of the march, told AFP news agency he received an official letter from local authorities in

South Africa’s Ramaphosa touts ANC history in state of nation address

Reuters South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa used a major speech in parliament on Thursday to play up his party’s achievements over the last 30 years, but gave little detail about his plans to address the country’s current major challenges. Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) party, which has governed since Nelson Mandela led it to victory

Five Key Things to Watch for in South African President’s Keynote Speech

Bloomberg South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his last state-of-the-nation address before the country holds national elections that are gearing up to be the most hotly contested since apartheid ended three decades ago. The president will likely take stock of the work his administration has done, leaving the announcement of new initiatives to another keynote speech

Paul Mackenzie: Kenyan cult leader charged with 191 murders

BBC A cult leader in Kenya has been charged with murder after more than 400 bodies were found buried in shallow graves in a remote forest in the east of the country. Survivors and victims’ families have said Paul Mackenzie urged followers to fast in order to “go see Jesus”. He and 29 others pleaded

This photo taken on Feb. 4, 2024 shows Nangolo Mbumba during a swearing-in ceremony in Windhoek, Namibia. Nangolo Mbumba, the former vice president of Namibia, took the oath of office on Sunday in the capital Windhoek, officially becoming the nation's 4th president after former President Hage Geingob passed away on Feb. 4 at the age of 82. (Photo by Sharon Kavhu/Xinhua)

Nangolo Mbumba sworn in as Namibia’s 4th president following passing of Hage Geingob

Xinhua Nangolo Mbumba, the former vice president of Namibia, took the oath of office on Sunday in the capital Windhoek, officially becoming the nation’s 4th president after former President Hage Geingob passed away earlier this morning at the age of 82. The swearing-in ceremony extended beyond the presidency, as Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the former deputy prime

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob dies aged 82

Al Jazeera Namibian President Hage Geingob has died at the age of 82, his office has said, less than three weeks after it was announced he would undergo treatment for cancer. Geingob died on Sunday at Lady Pohamba Hospital in the capital Windhoek with his wife and his children at his side, acting president Nangolo

South Africa’s ruling ANC suspends membership of ex-leader Zuma

Reuters South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday it had suspended the membership of former president Jacob Zuma after he announced he would vote for another party in this year’s general election. Zuma, whose nine years in office from 2009 were marked by corruption scandals and sluggish economic growth, said last month

FILE - National flags of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states fly at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on September 15, 2020.

Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso break from ECOWAS

AP The West African nations of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso announced Sunday they are leaving regional bloc ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, that has been pressing them to return to democratic rule. The junta leaders of the three Sahel nations said in a joint statement that it was a “sovereign decision”

South African president hails ruling against Israel as step toward justice

Reuters South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed the World Court ruling on Friday imposing emergency measures against Israel over the war in Gaza as a step towards justice and said he expected Israel to abide by it. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to take all measures within its power to prevent its troops from committing

Namibian President to undergo medical treatment in Los Angeles

VOA Namibian President Hage Geingob is set to undergo medical treatment in the United States after an exam found the possible return of cancerous cells in his body, according to a news release from his office Wednesday. Having been diagnosed, treated and cleared of prostate cancer, Geingob was again found to have cancerous cells after

Liberia President Boakai resumes duties after heat exhaustion -presidency

Reuters Liberia’s new president, Joseph Boakai, has recovered from an episode of heat exhaustion that caused him to cut short his inauguration speech on Monday and has resumed his normal activities, the presidency said. The 79-year-old, who defeated George Weah in a runoff election in November, was sworn in during an outdoor ceremony in sweltering

UN concerned by spread of cholera to 10 African countries

VOA The U.N.’s Children’s Fund expressed alarm this week about a cholera outbreak in Africa that has spread to at least 10 countries, with the situation in Zambia and Zimbabwe “very serious.” Dr. Paul Ngwakum, the regional health adviser for UNICEF in East and Southern Africa, said about 200,000 cases have been reported and more

DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi sworn in for second term amid disputes

Al Jazeera The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has been sworn in for a second five-year term following highly contested elections in December. “I am taking back the baton of command that you entrusted to me. We want a more united, stronger and prosperous Congo,” Tshisekedi, 60, said during the inauguration ceremony in