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Violence: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 2:33 pm
South African president Jacob Zuma discourages the use of the “X” word. “I think we love using phrases in South Africa that … cause unnecessary perceptions about us,” he said. “I think we are not (xenophobic).” A planned demonstration against immigrants and foreign-born South Africans turned violent Friday as police tried to control the crowd with rubber bullets, water cannons and stun grenades. Some South Africans say immigrants are taking their jobs, or are dealing in drugs and prostitution. Some migrants had their businesses and homes and robbed and looted in the past week.
Kurt Davis Jr., 11:03 am AFKI Original
Presidential term limits are a slippery thing. Occasionally they can seem like a good idea. Most of the time, not so much. That’s what makes these five upcoming African elections so riveting. Everyone is watching to see who replaces Liberia’s popular Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — Africa’s first female president. Will it be a former soccer player, or the ex wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor? He was convicted of aiding crimes against humanity. She’s one of the most powerful woman in Liberian politics. Or it may be a former Coca-Cola executive, a former central bank governor or an attorney.
Dana Sanchez, 3:12 pm
Ethiopian authorities say the Oct. 8 state of emergency is helping restore stability after a year of protests. Many investments and factories are back in business. But rights groups and the opposition say a government ban on mobile internet and social media stops people from getting the information they need to keep safe. Thirty days of Internet disruption between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, cost Ethiopia’s economy over $8.5 million, according to a recent Brookings Institution report.
Dana Sanchez, 5:28 pm
The cost of university education is prohibitive for many black students, highlighting frustration with inequality in South Africa more than 20 years after apartheid ended. Protesters want free university education to help close the inequality gap. Economists of higher education funding agree that government subsidies favor the rich. Free higher education in South Africa will widen, not reduce, inequality.
Dana Sanchez, 3:38 pm
We’ve all seen the media reports about UberEverything coming to Africa — but what does that really mean? In a nutshell, it means Uber needs more drivers and more managers. Metered taxi drivers regularly protest perceived unfair advantages Uber enjoys. A protest of 100 drivers turned violent today in Cape Town. One of the most disruptive technologies ever created, Uber is expanding to new markets in Africa and advertising for a South African manager for a restaurant food delivery service. The San Francisco-based tech company is also working to bring UberPool and UberRush to SA.
Dana Sanchez, 11:57 am
A jailer described Oscar Pistorius as violent. A psychologist said he is depressed, broken and unfit to stand trial. His victim’s grieving father said Pistorius has to pay for what he did. And a prosecutor said Pistorius just feels sorry for himself. The judge who initially acquitted Pistorius of murder will now decide his new sentence at a hearing scheduled to run through Friday.
Keren Mikva, 2:26 pm AFKI Original
Kenya’s economy benefited in recent months from low oil prices and a stable exchange rate, but tourism — a key sector of the economy — historically decreases in election years. Protests and a legacy of electoral strife like deadly violence after the 2007 election scares away tourists. The current conflict is forcing businesses to close on a weekly basis. In Nairobi, many businesses close each week on what is now known as “Teargas Monday,” costing an estimated $5 million in lost profits each day.
Dana Sanchez, 3:37 pm
Illegal miners in Ghana have taken over several mines. The century-old Obuasi mine in Ghana hasn’t been profitable for more than a decade and needs heavy investment during a commodity price slump. Africa’s biggest gold producer, AngloGold Ashanti, laid off thousands of workers and the mine has been idle since 2014. Illegal mining isn’t limited to Ghana. South Africa has about 6,000 mines that companies have abandoned as profits nosedive.
Dana Sanchez, 9:51 am
The Vatican has released the schedule for the Pope Francis’ visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic Nov. 25-30. Violence and instability in the CAR have played heavily in reports about the upcoming trip to Africa — his first as pope. While he’s there, he’ll visit Muslims in a mosque in Bangui. You can check out the pope’s schedule here.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:19 am
Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana player Teko Modise has spoken out against the xenophobic attacks that have been taking place in parts of South Africa. The country has seen a number of xenophobic attacks grip Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days, with violence against African immigrants in South Africa
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