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Congo Opposition Leader in South Africa for Treatment

DRC’s opposition leader Katumbi enters South Africa for medical treatment. Democratic Republic of Congo presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi, who has a warrant issued for his arrest, has arrived in South Africa for medical treatment, according to an AFP report published on the website of News 24. Katumbi left Lubumbashi on a plane on Friday evening, after an ambulance drove him to the waiting aircraft, AFP reported, citing an aide. A medical plane from Lubumbashi arrived in Johannesburg on Friday night, News 24 reported, citing Peter Botha, an operations controller at the city’s Lanseria airport. He didn’t say who was on...

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South Africa delayed and denied Karegeya justice

It is now 2years since the former Rwandan intelligence Chief Col. Patrick Karegeya was murdered in a Johannesburg hotel room.  After falling out with his former ally, Rwandan President Paul Kagame in 2006 he fled to South Africa, he was later accused by Kigali regime of involvement in terrorist attacks in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The Great Lakes Human Rights Link is seriously concerned with the delay by the South African legal system to bring to book the murders of Col. Patrick Karegeya.Its an open secret that the Government of Rwanda had a hand in the murder of Col. Karegeya. According...

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South African special forces commander appointed to lead UN troops in DR Congo

Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi of South Africa. UN Photo/Mario Rizzolio (file) 29 December 2015 – A former South African special forces commander with previous United Nations peacekeeping experience has been appointed to lead the troops serving with the world body’s mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it was announced today. Lieutenant General Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, who has over 35 years of national and international military experience and served as Force Commander of the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil as Force Commander of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). The Mission, with nearly 20,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, is mandated to use all necessary means to protect civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts. The vast country has suffered from factional fighting for decades, although the conflict is now mainly limited to the...

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South Africa recalls troops from Congo for misconduct

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 25 (Reuters) – South Africa is recalling 50 soldiers from United Nations peacekeeping duties in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of misconduct, the Defence Department said on Friday. The troops had broken curfew and been off-base and were being investigated by military police, defence spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said. He did not provide further details. Almost 1,400 South Africans form the backbone of a Force Intervention Brigade acting under the umbrella of U.N. peacekeeping operations in the region, home to rebel militias linked to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The South African contingent’s involvement was extended this year to the end of March 2016. Those accused of misconduct will be replaced as soon as they are withdrawn so as to keep the South African deployment at the agreed level, Mabanga said. “We are awaiting approval from the U.N.,” he said. Part of the investigation will be to find out where the troops went and what they did when they were not on the base, he added. Allegations of misconduct by U.N. troops are not new. The U.N. cannot itself punish soldiers and rights groups complain that troop-contributing countries rarely take action, creating an atmosphere of impunity in peacekeeping missions. A U.N. operation in Central African Republic has been dogged by allegations of misconduct, including rape and excessive use of force by its personnel. (Reporting by...

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Oscar Pistorius ‘will not be released on parole on Friday’ in South Africa

© Mirrorpix / Splash News Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa Oscar Pistorius’s release from prison was delayed on Wednesday night after the South African justice minister made a surprise last-minute intervention in the controversial case. The 28-year-old had been expected to walk free from a prison in Pretoria on Friday, to see out the rest of his sentence for manslaughter under house arrest. The early release caused widespread anger – including from the family of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by the sprinter on Valentine’s Day 2013. But Michael Masutha, the justice minister, said his decision had “nothing to do with the fact that it’s a high-profile matter”. He said that he was seeking legal advice on whether the parole board was right to release Pistorius on house arrest after 10 months – or one sixth of his five-year sentence. Mr Masutha said that a request for his release was considered and approved in June – only eight months into the sentence. “It is apparent therefore that the decision to release him on 21 August 2015 was made prematurely on 5 June 2015, when the offender was not eligible to be considered at all,” the justice department said in a statement. Mr Masutha later defended his decision on television. “I’ll tell you what concerns...

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