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Summary

  1. Zimbabwe politician Morgan Tsvangirai's health under the spotlight
  2. Russian dancer under investigation after video goes viral
  3. Lassa fever has killed 31 in Nigeria since the year began
  4. Somalia court sentences man to death for deadliest Mogadishu blast
  5. Treason-related charge for Raila Odinga supporter Miguna Miguna
  6. Mandela foundation calls on South Africa's Jacob Zuma to stand down
  7. Sierra Leone brings in election FGM ban amid bribery fears

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Hippo on the loose in South Africa

A submerged Hippo is seen a the Joburg Zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 January 2018
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A hippo hunt has been launched in South Africa after one did a runner from a game reserve, TimesLive is reporting.

The hippo made his break for freedom from the Tala Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

However, this was not some act of teenage rebellion on the part of the hippo, but what is believed to be the result of a fight with the area's alpha male.

Tala’s general manager Greg Allan told TimesLive: “He was pushed toward the fence line and then broke through.”

Mr Allan said the runaway had since been spotted in a dam nearby, but efforts to retrieve him were being hampered by the long reeds.

Pope Francis warns against anti-migrant violence

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas Urbi Et Orbi blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican
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Pope Francis has spoken out about violence against migrants, following a racially motivated attack against African migrants in Italy last week.

On Saturday, a neo-Nazi shot and injured six migrants in the coastal city of Macerata.

A copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf was later found at his home.

Speaking during an address at the Vatican, the Pope asked Catholics to reflect on the causes of violence towards migrants, especially as the season of Lent approaches.

During Lent, Catholics are required to carry out extra charitable duties, and Pope Francis warned his congregation against allowing charity to turn "cold within [them]", prompting "violence against anyone we think is a threat to our own certainties: the unborn child, the elderly and infirm, the migrant, the alien among us".

The Pope did not directly refer to the attack in Macerata.

Nigeria defends relationship with Cameroon

Nigeria has promised to "intensify" its military cooperation with Cameroon, amid increasing criticism of its role in the return of 47 asylum seekers, including an anglophone separatist leader.

Retired General Mohammed Monguno, President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman, told reporters Nigeria would "counter" any threat to their neighbour coming from within their own borders.

However, he did not refer directly to the 47 Cameroonian asylum seekers, nor the reasons they were sent back to Cameroon.

The United Nations has expressed concerns over the repatriation, while Heather Nauert, the US State Department's spokeswoman, called on both governments to "adhere to their obligations under international law", which urges countries to refrain from the forcible return of asylum seekers.

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As yet no Nigerian official appears willing to speak to the BBC on why the government repatriated the asylum seekers. Attempts to get the officials have not been successful.

Nigeria hosts more than 30,000 Cameroonian refugees following the ongoing violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions.

31 dead of Lassa fever in Nigeria

The Lassa Virus is the causative agent of Lassa Fever, an important hemorrhagic disease of West Africa.
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Lassa fever is in the same viral family as Ebola

Thirty-one people have died of Lassa fever in Nigeria since the start of the year, the country's health minister has said.

The outbreak has spread to 15 states with "105 laboratory-confirmed cases", Isaac Adewole told reporters on Monday.

Of the 31 dead, 10 were health workers, Mr Adewole said.

On Tuesday, Ivory Coast warned its citizens against the disease, with Health and Public Hygiene Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie saying the country had increased its vigilance, particularly with regards to travellers to the country.

Lassa fever is spread through contact with items contaminated by rat faeces or urine. In the same family as Ebola, the disease's symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea and, in the worst cases, bleeding.

In 2016, Nigeria suffered its worst outbreak of the virus in which more than 100 people died.

Opposition deny Tsvangirai is critically ill

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwean opposition and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a crowd of protesters outside the Zimbabwean parliament on November 21, 2017 in Harare
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Morgan Tsvangirai has been receiving treatment for colon cancer

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party is denying reports that its leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill.

Reports of his deteriorating condition emerged this morning, with sources within Mr Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) telling people to brace for the worst.

Mr Tsvangirai has been in and out of South African hospitals after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

But the MDC have now said reports about its leader’s health are exaggerated.

A senior member of the party who refused to be identified told the BBC that Mr Tsvangirai is in poor health but that he is conscious and speaking. The party is waiting further updates from Johannesburg.

The reports come at a particularly difficult time for the MDC.

Last year it agreed to form an alliance along with six other opposition parties, in a significant move to try to unseat the ruling Zanu PF party.

With elections now less than five months away it’s not clear whether the alliance will be able to regroup and identify a new leader, if Mr Tsvangirai is not well enough to lead.

  • Read Africa Live's earlier post about Morgan Tsvangirai here.

Analysis: Why spend millions on jets to combat 'defeated' Boko Haram?

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

According to Nigerian officials, over the years Boko Haram has been defeated “technically”, “decisively”, “virtually” and now “completely” – that last word declared triumphantly this week by Major General Roger Nicholas, who leads operations in the northeast.

Just days later, the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali also pointed out that Nigeria had spent nearly $500m (£360m) on military aircraft in the fight against the same jihadis who have been repeatedly defeated.

It is a blunder that the Nigerian public has seen repeatedly.

The government has frequently issued promises about Boko Haram’s demise, despite the group remaining active in the Lake Chad Basin.

Nearly a decade into its counter-insurgency operations, the Nigerian authorities appear not to have learnt lessons about effective communication in warfare. The repeated gaffes only further dent their credibility.

Malawians accused of robbing Mozambican neighbours

Jose Tembe

BBC Africa, Maputo

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Mozambican authorities have accused people from neighbouring Malawi of crossing the border in order to terrorise local villages.

The most recent case saw Malawians accused of being behind the robbery of two shops in Ngauma district, in Mozambique's northern Niassa province.

They are alleged to have got away with $8,300 (£6,00) worth of goods.

Augusto Assique, the area's district administrator, said that those behind the robberies and attacks carefully monitored their victims beforehand.

For instance, they follow pensioners when they get their pay. They do likewise in the case of traders. They are followed and robbed in the process of buying and selling products. By the end of the day, the Malawian criminals have figured out who to assault.

Sometimes, they use blunt instruments to carry out their assaults. In the latest robbery in the two villages of Ngauma, they also used firearms."

He added that it was the police who had suggested the culprits were Malawian.

Four dead after fuel tanker crash on Nigerian highway

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Four people were killed when a loaded fuel tanker struck a container truck and burst into flames on a main highway northeast of Lagos, Nigeria's Punch online newspaper is reporting.

The truck hit the tanker's side, bursting it open, with the fuel gushing out and catching fire, an Ogun State official said.

"Four persons have been confirmed dead in the inferno, as the truck was conveying some passengers. The tanker is still burning and there is gridlock on that axis of the expressway," he added.

The accident happened near Ajebo on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Punch reported.

US sanctions DR Congo general

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

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The conflict in eastern DR Congo is ongoing

The United States has issued sanctions against a general for being a key contributor to the conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

General Muhindo Akili Mundos, an ally of President Joseph Kabila, was among three men sanctioned by the US.

He spent two years in charge of the Congolese army's operations against a Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The United Nations (UN) found during that period General Mundos was involved in the killing of at least 400 civilians.

The US has also placed three rebel commanders on the sanctions list for recruiting child soldiers and committing human rights abuses.

The UN and France have taken similar action against the three men.

Kenya opposition strategist's passport suspended

A Kenyan economist - who attended the mock swearing in of opposition politician Raila Odinga last week - has had his passport suspended.

David Ndii shared a picture of the letter he received informing him of the government's decision on Twitter:

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A government official confirmed its authenticity to news agency Reuters.

Mr Ndii is the latest of the group at the heart of last week's "inauguration" to find themselves in trouble with the authorities.

As Africa Live reported earlier, Miguna Miguna - who took Mr Odinga's "oath" at the ceremony - has been held on treason-related charges.

However, Mr Odinga has not yet faced any consequences himself.

DR Congo militia leader hands himself in

Young Congolese boys play around broken building on October 26, 2017 in Kasala, in the restive region of Kasai, central Democratic Republic of Congo
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Violence in the Kasai region has left 1.4 million people displaced

A militia leader accused of contributing to the violence in Dr Congo's southwestern Kasai region has handed himself in to the authorities, news agency AFP reports.

Kalamba Dilondo allegedly came to officials "on his own accord", according to Jacopo Pembe Longo, administrator of Mweka territory in Kasai.

"He was received by the governor of the province, who handed him over to the regional sector commander" of the Congolese army, he added.

Violence broke out in the Kasai region in September 2016, a month after the army killed a local chief, Kamwina Nsapu, who was opposed to the government.

On 30 January, men loyal to Nsapu joined Mr Kalamba's troops in an operation.

Nsapu's forces are believed to have killed nine people in the attack, and burned down a local hospital and some homes.

Mr Kalamba's group is accused of operating in the region since last November.

Violence in the area has resulted in the deaths of more than 3,000 people, while 1.4 million others have been displaced.

Egypt investigating Russian belly-dancer for 'inciting debauchery'

A Tunisian dancer attends a lesson at a belly dancing school in the Egyptian capital Cairo on December 12, 2012.
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Egyptian officials are investigating a Russian belly dancer for allegedly "inciting debauchery".

The charges against Ekaterina Andreeva include "wearing a dancing outfit that violates permitted standards".

Videos of Ms Andreeva, who goes by the name Johara, were circulated on social media, according to the Youm7 news site.

In the videos, Ms Andreeva is seen dancing in a night club in Giza, northern Egypt.

Last year, Egyptian officials sentenced a singer to two years in prison over a suggestive music video.

Laila Amer was found guilty of inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film.

South Sudan's president condemns child abductions

South Sudanese children fleeing from recent fighting in Lasu in South Sudan stand in a church after crossing the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, near Aba, on December 23, 2017
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South Sudanese children are at an increased risk of kidnapping

South Sudan's president, Salvia Kiir Mayardit, has condemned child abductions in South Sudan.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed regional governors, he warned the Murle community against kidnappings.

"People whose children you take, don't they love their children," Mr Kiir Mayardit asked.

Addressing the newly appointed governor of Bomo State, the president added: "You must stop child abduction by all means."

Mr Kiir Mayardit likened the practice to slavery, saying it didn't matter whether it was black people carrying out the crime.

BBC Newsday spoke to a journalist in South Sudan about the rise in child kidnappings, which see children traded for cattle or used as wives and servants.

Human Rights Watch urges Morocco to change activist sentence

Teargas from security forces enshrouds protesters from the Rif movement during clashes after a demonstration against the government in al-Hoceima on June 8, 2017.
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Mortada Iamrachen protested conditions in Morocco's Rif region, where demonstrations are frequent

Human Rights Watch has urged Morocco to reconsider a five-year sentence it handed down to political activist Mortada Iamrachen in November.

The organisation warned the judgement was based on a confession which may have been coerced.

Mr Iamrachen, 31, was a member of Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or "Popular Movement", which called for jobs and an end to corruption in Morocco's northern Rif region.

He was convicted in November of "defending terrorism" and inciting violence in posts about the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey in December 2016.

He also wrote a post claiming he'd told a journalist that al-Qaeda's leader had asked him to import weapons into the Rif region - something he later said was sarcastic.

Mr Iamrachen has subsequently said his confession was forced by police who threatened to publish private photos of his wife.

The court rejected this claim but are due to hear an appeal against his sentencing on Wednesday.

Analysis: Pressure piles on Zuma to quit

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, addresses the UN General Assembly in New York City. Photo: September 2017
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Pressure is mounting on President Jacob Zuma to step down before Thursday.

In an unprecedented announcement, South Africa's speaker of the house said that the State of the Nation address which Mr Zuma was due to deliver on Thursday had been postponed.

No new date was given.

The governing African National Congress' highest decision-making body, the National Executive Committee, has called a special meeting for tomorrow.

Mr Zuma chaired a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning - but his future as head of state was not discussed.

Opposition parties are demanding that a vote of no-confidence be held to remove him from office.

But Mr Zuma is standing firm despite six senior officials paying him a visit on Sunday night asking him to resign.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation called for him to stand down sooner rather than later.

In a statement the office of the former president accused Mr Zuma of abusing the trust of South Africans.

Read more: Speech postponement will create 'better atmosphere'

  • Africa Live will be keeping an eye on this developing story throughout the day, so keep checking back for all the latest updates and analysis. In the meantime, read our earlier posts by scrolling down, or clicking here:Mandela Foundation calls for Zuma to go

Is Cape Town's weather heralding a swift exit for Zuma?

South African Twitter users have been joking that embattled president, Jacob Zuma, will step down when it rains in Cape Town.

One opposition leader was even cheeky enough to suggest the idea came from Mr Zuma:

He now says he will resign the day it rains in Capetown.  This guy is not serious & is defying his political party.

He now says he will resign the day it rains in Capetown. This guy is not serious & is defying his political party.

It would have been a dangerous bet to make, even in a city which has been beset by drought for years and is at risk of running out of water entirely.

Because, as everyone knows, the weather in Cape Town is not always predictable.

And now, rain is predicted in Cape Town as early as Friday:

Zuma: 'Ill step down when it rains in Cape Town' Southern Africa Climate Pattern: 'Hold my beer' twitter.com/tWeatherSA/sta…

@Pol_Sec_Analyst #Friday it is 🌧 ☔️

@Pol_Sec_Analyst #Friday it is 🌧 ☔️

With South Africa having postponed Mr Zuma's State of the Union address amid growing calls for him to go, might the winds (and rains) of change be blowing in the country?

SONA postponement will create 'better atmosphere'

Hear what South Africa's speaker of the house Baleka Mbete had to say as she announced the postponement of Thursday's State of the Nation address:

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The decision comes as President Jacob Zuma - who has found himself mired in allegations of corruption, which he denies - fights for political survival.

  • Africa Live will be keeping an eye on this developing story throughout the day, so keep checking back for all the latest updates and analysis. In the meantime, read our earlier posts by scrolling down, or clicking here: Mandela Foundation calls for Zuma to go

BreakingSouth Africa postpones State of the Nation address

South Africa's annual State of the Nation address is set to be postponed to a later date, as pressure grows on the country's embattled president, Jacob Zuma, to step aside.

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The tweets also revealed that Mr Zuma was hoping to postpone the speech.

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What this means for Mr Zuma's future remains to be seen, there is no new date scheduled for the speech.

Scroll down for more on today's news from South Africa.

S Africa's Zuma cabinet meeting 'routine'

™s President Jacob Zuma arrives for the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 28, 2018
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A meeting of President Jacob Zuma's cabinet in Cape Town today is "routine", a government spokesman says.

The government hit back after it was suggested the meeting was out of the ordinary.

In a statement, a spokesman said the meeting had been scheduled since last year, emphasising there is "nothing unusual or extraordinary" about it.

The meeting comes as speculation over Mr Zuma's future reaches fever pitch, with opposition and many of his own party members pushing for him to stand down.

  • Africa Live will be keeping an eye on this developing story throughout the day, so keep checking back for all the latest updates and analysis. In the meantime, read our earlier post: Mandela Foundation calls for Zuma to go

12 patients stabbed in DR Congo by unknown attackers

Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni
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UN Peacekeeping troops have been trying to suppress Islamist groups in the country

Twelve patients were stabbed in their beds at a hospital in Goma, eastern DR Congo, government officials told news agency AFP on Tuesday.

The attack, which happened overnight on Sunday, occurred in two health centres in the Mbosho district, and left three people seriously hurt.

Government officials have warned the attackers might have been Islamist rebels from neighbouring Uganda.

"It is the first time we have seen patients being stabbed in health facilities in Goma," said Etienne Kambale, civil society rapporteur in North Kivu province. "We are wondering if it was the [Islamist Allied Democratic Forces] who have turned up in Goma, because this is the way they killed people in Beni."

The Islamist Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been accused of killing more than 700 civilians in Beni, northeastern DR Congo as they try to control the east of the country.

The group is also blamed for the deaths of 14 UN peacekeeping troops last month.

Kenyan footballer in Manchester to remember Munich Air Disaster

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa, Kutama

Joe Kadenge
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Joe Kadenge is at Manchester United's stadium to pay his respects to the victims of the Munich Air Disaster

Kenyan football legend, Joe Kadenge, will be among hordes of Manchester United fans who will gather at Old Trafford to remember victims of the Munich Air Disaster 60 years ago today.

Twenty-three people, including eight Manchester United players, died after European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a runway at Munich-Riem Airport in Germany.

“That accident made me very sad because I support[ed] the club and now my club had lost some players,” recalled 82-year-old Kadenge.

“I prayed for them, I said let Manchester United work hard to look for better players to replace those who have died.”

Kadenge’s visit to Manchester United is part of the recording of his documentary Kadenge na Mpira by the US-based production company Black Arrow.

To mark the Munich disaster, Manchester United will host a special service at Old Trafford this afternoon. Notable figures from the club's history, including former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, will be in attendance.

Kadenge said he’s enjoying his trip to Manchester because it has fulfilled his life long dream of visiting and watching his favourite club play a football match.

“I love England but to love England I had to love Manchester United very much. They had a beautiful team under Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. I would have loved to see that old Mzee (old man) just to say jambo (hello) personally to him,” said Kadenge with a wry smile.

Kadenge was known for his trickery and skill on the field of play. Considered one of the greatest Kenyan players, he played for the country's national and premier league teams.

Two million at risk of food shortages in Malawi

A man harvests maize in the village of Kodjan, some 60 kilometers west of Bamako, on November 6, 2015.
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Malawi is reliant on maize as a staple food crop

Two million people are at risk of food shortages in Malawi, the country's agriculture minister has said.

A drought and an infestation of armyworms have damaged Malawi's maize crops, prompting the country to ban exports of the product.

Malawi is also considering restocking its national grain reserves.

Armyworm outbreaks can be devastating for crops, and are particularly prevalent after a prolonged drought.

Tunisia's foreign currency reserves drop to 15 year low

Tunisia protests continue on the seventh Arab Spring anniversary

Tunisia's foreign currency reserves have dropped to their lowest levels in 15 years, according to central bank figures released on Tuesday.

By 5 February, reserves were down to 11.887 billion dinars ($5bn; £3.6bn) or enough to cover 84 days of imports.

Around this time last year, Tunisia had enough money to cover 101 days of imports.

The country has been affected by a widening trade deficit and a decrease in tourism following a series of terrorist attacks.

In October, Tunisia brought in restrictions on some imports to try and alleviate the situation.

The country has also been hit by anti-austerity protests that have led to the arrests of 800 people.

Read more: Tunisia announces reforms amid new protests

Sierra Leone bans FGM amid election fears

This photo taken on May 11, 2017 in Nairobi shows surgical instruments used in the process of clitoral restorative surger
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Some women have to have reconstructive surgery following FGM

Sierra Leone has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country until after its March elections amid fears candidates would pay for cutting ceremonies to woo voters, news agency Reuters reports.

In Sierra Leone, FGM is practised on young women to initiate them into all-female groups which have significant political power.

"So many politicians use [FGM] during campaigns to gain votes, especially those of women," said the anti-FGM campaigner Rugiatu Neneh Turay.

Paying for the FGM ceremonies can cost up to $200 (£145) for entertainment and the cutting itself.

In Sierra Leone, 90% of all girls undergo FGM, one of the highest rates in Africa.

The country is also in the minority in not completely outlawing the practice.

G5 countries meet in Niger for counter terrorism talks

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

(From L) President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Chad's president Idriss Deby Itno and Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou poses during the G5 Sahel summit, in Bamako, on July 2, 2017.
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The five African leaders of the G5 met last year with French President Emmanuel Macron (third left)

Heads of state from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Niger are meeting at this year’s G5 Sahel Summit in Niamey, Niger's capital.

While the operation of their joint regional counter terrorism force will be top of the agenda, they’ll also discuss other issues including regional development and the rotational presidency of the grouping, which is currently held by Niger.

The $500m (£360m) budget target for the G5 Sahel Force has nearly been met, although it is still not clear how this will be spent.

The force carried out its first operation last October and its second last month.

It is expected to collaborate with French and UN forces in the region to try and bring stability in the wake of instability from jihadi militants in the Sahel.

Nelson Mandela Foundation: Zuma must go

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has accused President Jacob Zuma of abusing the trust of South Africans - calling for him to stand down "sooner rather than later".

The foundation, which promotes the "values, vision and work" of South Africa's first black leader, waded into the row over Mr Zuma's continued leadership with a statement on Tuesday morning.

It said Mr Zuma had "betrayed the country Nelson Mandela dreamed of as he took his first steps of freedom 28 years ago" as it called on the state of "hold him accountable for his actions".

But, the statement added, "some things cannot be pardoned".

Earlier, the foundation - which first asked Mr Zuma to resign more than a year ago - tweeted a quote of Mr Mandela, which could be seen as a dig at the president:

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Mr Zuma has come under increasing pressure to stand down in recent days, amid numerous corruption allegations, which he strongly denies.

  • Africa Live will be keeping an eye on this developing story throughout the day, so keep checking back for all the latest updates and analysis. In the meantime, read our earlier post: Zuma calls early cabinet meeting

Child kidnappings on the rise in South Sudan

Stealing and trafficking children is spreading across the country

Child abductions are on the rise in South Sudan after five years of civil war.

The children may be traded for cattle or used as servants and wives.

Kidnapping between tribes appears to have increased as people become more desperate because of the widespread hunger and the devastated economy.

Newsday spoke to Sam Mednick, a journalist in the country.

Kenya's Miguna Miguna on treason-related charge

Miguna Miguna and Raila Odinga on 30 January 2018
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Miguna Miguna (left) played a key role in January's mock inauguration

The Kenyan opposition supporter Miguna Miguna has been charged with a treason-related offence over his involvement in the "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga last month.

Mr Miguna was charged with "being present and consenting to the administration of an oath" which resulted in "treason", as well as "taking part in an unlawful assembly" and "engaging in organised criminal activity".

He was brought before the court in Kajiado County, some 50 miles (80km) south of Nairobi, where he had been expected to appear.

"Once again the state is willfully violating Mr. Miguna's rights by moving him without any notice to his lawyers or his family... to a court stationed outside Nairobi," his lawyer, Isaac Okero, said.

Mr Miguna remains in police custody with his exact whereabouts currently unknown, despite the fact a court in Nairobi had granted him bail of 50,000 Kenyan shillings ($500; £360) on Friday.

On 30 January, Mr Miguna played a prominent role in the "swearing-in" of Mr Odinga as "the people's president" in Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

A few days later, on 2 February, he was arrested in a dawn raid on his home, after he goaded police officers to come and arrest him.

Two other opposition supporters have also been detained.

Mr Odinga and his supporters dispute the results of Kenya's election last year, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win a second term in an election run-off last October.

Mr Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98% of the vote on 26 October but just under 39% of voters turned out. He was inaugurated in November.

S Africa's Zuma calls cabinet meeting as pressure grows

President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, November 2, 2017
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Jacob Zuma - pictured in November 2017 - is under pressure to resign

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma has called his cabinet members to a meeting in Cape Town, local media reports.

Unusually, the meeting will be held on Tuesday; cabinet meetings are normally held on Wednesdays.

However, this Wednesday will see a special meeting of the ruling African National Congress's (ANC) decision making executive, which follows on from two previous meetings reportedly held to discuss Mr Zuma's future.

In a statement, the ANC said that the meeting was called to discuss the "management of the transition" between the Zuma and Ramaphosa administrations.

Pressure has been growing on Mr Zuma, whose leadership has become embroiled in a series of scandals, to make way for a new president ever since Cyril Ramaphosa was voted in as head of the ANC last December.

The president, in power since 2009, is due to make a state of the nation address on Thursday, and some in the party want Mr Zuma to leave office ahead of that speech.

However, Mr Zuma has apparently so far resisted all calls to stand down.

  • Africa Live will be keeping an eye on this developing story throughout the day, so keep checking back for all the latest updates and analysis.
  • You can read the website's story from yesterday's in South Africa events here.

Somalia sentences man to death over 'deadliest bombing'

Tomi Oladipo

BBC Africa security correspondent

Somali security officers patrol on the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 15, 2017.
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The truck bomb killed at least 500 people, making it the country's worst attack.

A military court in Somalia has sentenced a man to death for his involvement in the country’s deadliest-ever bombing last October.

At least 500 people died when a truck bomb exploded in the capital Mogadishu.

Although no group claimed to have carried out the attack, the government believes al-Shabab jihadi militants were behind it.

It's rare for such attacks to lead to convictions in Somalia.

Hassan Adan Isaq, 23, has been accused of being a member of al-Shabab, specifically in charge of a unit that carried out bomb attacks.

Another suspect, who is believed to be on the run, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison, while a third man was also found guilty and will serve three years.

Two other suspects initially named were freed for a lack of evidence against them.

The bombing prompted outrage from the Somali public at al-Shabab for its perceived role in the attack, and at the government for failing to prevent it.

This pressure is being seen to be paying off following the progress in the trial of the suspects.

Tsvangirai 'critically ill' in South Africa

Zimbabwe"s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaks during a press conference
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Morgan Tsvangirai, pictured in November, is understood to be critically ill

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition leader, are "bracing for the worst", Reuters news agency has been told.

Mr Tsvangirai, 65, has been in South Africa receiving treatment for colon cancer since January.

However, a source close to the politician has told Reuters "the situation is not looking good".

They added: "He is critically ill and we should brace for the worst."

Family sources told local news outlets he is suffering from exhaustion, weight loss and muscle thinning.

Mr Tsvangirai became the symbol of resistance to long-time leader Robert Mugabe's ageing, repressive regime in the mid-2000s, leading the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

During his long political struggle against Mr Mugabe - who finally lost power in November last year - he has been badly beaten and imprisoned numerous times.

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