Archive for December 16th, 2007

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)

15 December 2007
Posted to the web 15 December 2007

Aileen Kwa
Cape Town

“We succumbed,” lamented a diplomat from Namibia. “We signed on the 12th of December. The pressure was too much. The private sector felt that they would be disproportionately affected. In terms of markets, they would be losing access for beef, grapes, fish and fish products.”

“The political and economic strength of the European Commission (EC) is in itself a threat and a pressure in the negotiations,” he explained on condition of anonymity to IPS.

“When negotiating with a stronger partner, you end up only being on the receiving end. Bully tactics are used with the threat ‘you either sign or you don’t have the market’,” he said.

Up to the last moment, Namibia’s government had tried to [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at a ZANU-PF congress in Harare, 14 December 2007
Mr Mugabe will decide whether the law officer should keep his job
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has suspended his attorney general over allegations he abused his office, state media has reported.

A three-member tribunal has been appointed to investigate claims Sobusa Gula-Ndebele helped a fugitive banker, the state Herald newspaper said.

He was briefly detained last month accused of corruption and could face a maximum 15 years in jail if convicted.

Local media claimed the charges against the law chief were politically driven.

Mr Mugabe’s cabinet secretary said [continue reading]

source: IOL
December 15 2007 at 01:46PM

Polokwane – Voting delegates to the African National Congress’ Polokwane conference, some of them weary after driving through the night from other parts of the country, began registering shortly after 10am on Saturday.

Registration is taking place in a cavernous and hot aircraft hangar at the Gateway airport north of Polokwane.

After registering, the over 4000 delegates have to drive another 40km to the University of Limpopo, east of the town, where the conference is taking place.

Among the early arrivals at the registration venue on Saturday was a group of delegates from [continue reading]