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Eswatini: South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki called in to intervene

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has been approached to help facilitate talks between government and civil society in Eswatini, following ... four days of violent protests in the absolute monarchy. It is understood that Eswatini's King Mswati III and prime minister Themba Masuku approached the former statesman; but Mbeki told them he would only agree if the process is led by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a source close to the process said.

South Africa: Zuma’s imprisonment marks important milestone for country’s constitutional democracy

South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma went to jail in his state-funded VIP convoy just before midnight on Wednesday 7 July. His convoy sped ... out of the gate of his rural homestead in Nkandla without as much as a greeting to his inebriated son, Edward, who had been standing guard outside with a wooden stick in his hand, flanked by journalists and a small group of Zuma's supporters.