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Malawi Prosecutor Bruno Kalemba says accused Osward Lutepo not key witness in Sithole’s prosecution

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)--Malawi's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Bruno Kalemba has classified that Lutepo CashGate Suspectcashgate suspect Osward Lutepo is not key state witness in the case against fellow suspect Victor Sithole.

The 27-year-old Sithole was arrested in September last year after being found with K112 million in two separate vehicles, $ 31900 and 121 000 South African rand in his house in Area 47 in Lilongwe.

Swazi civil society denounce re-arrest of editor and lawyer and call for judicial reforms

Swazi Legal systemJohannesburg – Swaziland’s long-running judicial crisis has taken a serious turn for the worse in the past few weeks with the baseless arrest and detention – and now re-arrest – of human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and editor of the Nation, Bheki Makhubu. The case was back in the Swazi High Court today when the two men were remanded in custody until April 14th. 

The spurious charges and abuse of judicial powers, particularly by Chief Justice Ramodibedi (who is simultaneously facing impeachment proceedings in his native Lesotho), have underlined the complete loss of respect for the rule of law in Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy. 

Zimbabwe Supreme Court to rule on access to lawful abortion

Zimbabwe Legal SystemHarare, 24 March – On Tuesday 25th March, the Zimbabwe Supreme Court will deliver its judgment in a landmark sexual and reproductive rights case brought by the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA). 

The ZWLA argued that the government should pay maintenance for a child who was born because the authorities failed to provide the mother – a rape survivor – with access to lawful abortion services, which she had requested. 

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Zimbabwe court rules against government in sexual and reproductive rights case

Zimbabwe CourtsHarare, 25 March – In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ruled today that the State was liable for failing to provide a rape survivor with emergency contraception and ordered the government to pay damages. 

“The Supreme Court judgment is a significant victory for women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Zimbabwe,” said Nyasha Chingore, project lawyer at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which supported the case. “This ruling sends a clear signal that it is time for the Zimbabwean government to prioritise the rights of women, particularly the survivors of sexual and gender based violence – it has failed them too many times in the past.” 

African legal bodies condemn arrest and detention of Swazi lawyer and journalist

Justice in Swaziland Johannesburg, 20 March - The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), SADC Lawyers Association (SADC LA) and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) express their deepest concern at the irregular arrests and detentions of prominent Swazi human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and editor-in-chief of The Nation magazine, Bheki Makhubu.


Maseko and Makhubu were arrested on Monday and charged with scandalising the judiciary and contempt of court in relation to an article written by Maseko and published by The Nation earlier this year. The two were detained at the Mbabane Police Station and, on the orders of Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi, were denied access to their legal representatives.

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