Category Archives: South Africa

Malawi attackers of ‘vampires’ arrested

Deadly mob attacks on people suspected to be “vampires” have led to 140 arrests in Malawi, police said.

The situation had spun out of control, the inspector general of police, Lexon Kachama, told. More arrests were expected.

Nine people have been killed in the attacks that began last month after rumors of “blood-suckers” spread. In the latest case, a man with epilepsy was burned to death in Blantyre, the southern African nation’s second-largest city, Kachama said. Another person there was stoned to death.

President Peter Mutharika has appealed for calm in the four districts where the mob attacks have taken place, saying this week that “my government will offer protection from these alleged blood-suckers.”

“The biggest challenge is that thieves and robbers have now taken advantage of the situation and are mounting illegal roadblocks at night in order to harass people,” Kachama said.

The United Nations and US Embassy have blacklisted some of the areas as dangerous zones for staffers.

Europe stands by Angola in reforms

“As President of Angola João Lourenço officially takes office today in Angola, I look forward to co-operating with him and the new government to strengthen further our relationship and intensify our existing dialogue,” – announced EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini in her statement.

“The general elections’ process,  leading to a peaceful political transition, was a clear sign of Angolan people’s commitment to democracy”, – Mogherini continued.

“The European Union stands ready to support future electoral processes, including in ensuring equal access and treatment in media and the reform of the electoral legislation in line with international principles of inclusiveness and transparency,” – EU diplomat ensures.

“The EU will continue to support all efforts to build strong, democratic, and inclusive institutions that are dedicated to ensuring a peaceful and prosperous future for all Angolans, and to responding effectively to evolving regional and global challenges.”

EU on Angola elections

On 23 august 2017, the people of Angola elected their representatives to the National Assembly and consequently to the Presidency, in the country’s third general election since peace was re-established in 2002.

“The election marks an important moment of political transition in the country. Voters went to the polls in large numbers in a peaceful atmosphere, demonstrating their commitment to democracy. Moreover, this highly contested election was marked by an efficient organisation of the voting process.” – says the statement issued by the European External Action Service (EEAS).

“At this moment in time, it is important that the electoral process is completed in full transparency and any complaint addressed through legal means. In view of future elections, efforts should continue to strengthen a level playing field.” – the statement continues.

“The EU will continue to follow the process and stands ready to enhance bilateral relations with Angola in this new chapter of its history.”

 

 

 

Lions killed in South African sanctuary

The killing of the male lions named Jose and Liso occurred at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa. Two lions freed from circuses were brutally poached in spite of the protection. The incursion highlighted how brazen poachers can infiltrate places like Emoya, which said it has 24-hour security and armed patrols and has taken additional measures to protect its property in Vaalwater, in northern South Africa. The skinned and mutilated corpses of lions indicate the poachers took heads, tails and paws to sell to witch-doctors.

Forensic experts have visited the sanctuary, which is currently closed to visitors and volunteers.

“Everyone at Animal Defenders International and Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is heartbroken and devastated that two ADI family members, two of our rescued lions, have been murdered in an evil attack.

“This cowardly killing of two innocent souls, sweet, elderly lions, one of whom had suffered brain damage from blows to the head in the circus, must not be left unpunished,” – says the issued press-realise of ADI.

Kevin Richardson – lion’s buddy

 

Kevin Richardson (42) manages a wildlife area with 31 lions within the Dinokeng reserve north of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria. Many of the lions, which were captive-bred and cannot be released into the wild, were rescued from being transferred to operations that would let customers shoot them, he said.

 Richardson insists that he does not breed lions and that those on his 1,300-hectare (3,200-acre) property feed on donated carcasses of cattle and antelope.

“I have been accepted as part of the pride,” said Richardson, scratching the lion Bayetsi’s chin. “But I have to be very careful. They are large animals and are very good at telling you how they feel.”

South Africa: Zuma hasted to exit

Zuma May Day

South African President Jacob Zuma made a hasty exit from a May Day rally on Monday after the crowd of workers that he was due to address became rowdy, with some booing and chanting slogans against him.

The labour federation Cosatu abruptly cancelled Zuma’s speech and other addresses at the rally it had organised, as TV footage showed scuffles breaking out in the crowd, apparently between supporters who voiced their backing of Zuma and opponents of the president.

Zuma and his entourage could be seen on live TV leaving the podium and being whisked away from the rally, in the central city of Bloemfontein, in a motorcade. PHOTO: illustration