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Mugabe: Europe shouldn’t tell Africans about women

29 January 2015 14:40

Zimbabwe president and soon-to-be-elected African Union chairperson, Robert Mugabe, said the representation of women in European Parliaments isn’t good enough to warrant them advising Africans about the issue.

Arrest SA ‘mercenaries’ on Boko Haram mission – Mapisa-Nqakula

28 January 2015 17:30

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the “mercenaries” from South Africa helping to train Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram should be arrested on arrival back in South Africa.

Mugabe to be AU chairperson, but there are questions

28 January 2015 12:38

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s election as African Union chairperson is inevitable, but the continental body will have to think about how the 90-year-old president would represent the continent on the international stage.

Nkoana-Mashabane slams SA soldiers’ role in Nigeria

27 January 2015 15:57

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has expressed her “dismay” about South African ex-soldiers who have been contracted as experts to help the Nigerian army fight the Boko Haram scourge.

What will be on the lips of AU leaders next week?

25 January 2015 15:00

The empowerment of women is the official theme of next week’s African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but the various crises and conflicts on the continent are likely to enjoy more airtime.