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ConCourt upholds ruling of invalidity of law preventing African women from owning property

In a victory for African women, the Constitutional Court has confirmed a High Court order declaring a section of the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act (the “Upgrade Act”) unconstitutional. The law indirectly prevented many women from becoming property owners.

This was as a result of apartheid era legislation which didn’t recognise African women as holders of property rights. The law recognised African men as holders of these rights, which were converted into formal ownership rights by the act in the 1990s.

In a unanimous judgment written by Acting Judge Patricia Goliath, the court said the case was about an applicant who “seeks to vindicate her right to access to housing – a right which is intrinsically linked to her dignity,” by challenging a piece of legislation which she said prevented…

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Opinion poll gives ruling party significant edge to win next election in St Kitts

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris (left) and Leader of the Opposition Dr Denzil Douglas.

The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services Inc. (CARDES) Monday said if an election were called now in St. Kitts-Nevis, the ruling Team Unity government would be a comfortable winner.

CADRES said it had conducted an opinion poll in the twin island federation given that the Timothy Harris government that came to power on February, 16, 2015 has passed its half-way mark in office.

“As a result, there is considerable public interest in the extent to which the government has gained or lost support, as well as the comparative popularity of the PM (Prime Minister), Leader of the Opposition and other persons of interest.”

CADRES said it is against this background that it…

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Gabon ruling party claims poll landslide

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo’s ruling party won a legislative election by a landslide in the first round, the presidency said on Sunday.

“We have observed what looks like… a landslide in favour of the (ruling) majority,” said presidential spokesman Ike Ngouoni, citing results posted publicly at voting stations.

He said President Bongo’s Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) had won 80 of the 143 seats in the national parliament.

The oil-rich West African country voted Saturday in long-delayed legislative and municipal polls.

They were the first polls first since a presidential election two years ago that was marred by deadly violence and fraud allegations.

Gabon has been ruled by the same political dynasty for nearly half a century.

President Bongo’s key rival, Dr Jean Ping,…

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Bathabile Dlamini ruling ‘a victory for the South African public’‚ says Black Sash Trust

The Black Sash rights group approached the court after Sassa acknowledged it would not be able to pay millions of social grants from April 1 2017‚ despite promising the court in November 2015 it would do so.

In a joint statement with the Centre for Applied Legal Services (CALS)‚ the Black Sash Trust welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment.

“This is a victory for the South African public‚” said Lynette Maart‚ the national director of the Black Sash Trust.

“The judgment sets an important precedent for holding public officials accountable for their reckless and negligent actions in executing their duties‚” CALS acting deputy director Wandisa Phama said.

“This is a step towards ensuring that a similar crisis never happens again‚” she…

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Trinidad and Tobago to appeal High Court ruling that makes consensual sex between people in same-sex unions legal

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(CARIBBEAN NEWS SERVICE) — Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi Thursday said that the state intends filing an appeal against a High Court judge ruling that consensual sex between people in same-sex unions should not be criminalised as the court partly struck down the sodomy laws in Trinidad and Tobago.

Al-Rawi said that the case is a matter of importance that must be settled before the London-based Privy Council, the country’s highest and final court.

“Our attorneys have already indicated to the court that the Attorney General Office will be appealing the judgement simply because it is a matter of importance that must be settled by the highest Court of Appeal.

In our jurisdiction, the Privy Council is the highest Court of Appeal and the Privy Council is best suited to settle this…

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S. African ruling party refutes alleged plot to oust president – Xinhua

CAPE TOWN, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) — The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday refuted a newspaper report that its leadership is involved in an alleged plot to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“The ANC will not dignify these blatant lies and fabrications with a detailed response,” the party said in a statement emailed to Xinhua. “However we would like to point out that we refute this shameless gossip.”

The local Sunday Times newspaper claimed this weekend that former president Jacob Zuma held a secret meeting in Durban with key ANC officials, including the party’s Secretary-General Ace Magashule, to plot the downfall of Ramaphosa.

Besides Magashule, those at the meeting also included former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, ANC Women’s League Secretary General Meokgo Matuba and ANC…

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