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Thousands hit the streets in South Africa seeking Zuma’s removal

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Thousands of South Africans have gathered on Friday in the streets of Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and other cities to march against the presidency of Jacob Zuma.

Led by the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, workers’ unions, civil society groups, students, politicians and the general public have come out in their numbers to support the call for Zuma to be impeached after the recent cabinet reshuffle that cost five ministers their jobs including the favourite finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

The DA has also tabled a motion of no-confidence against Zuma in parliament and it will be debated on April 18.

The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed its full support for Zuma who has survived many no-confidence votes.

There are reports of counter-protests organised by some youth leaders of the ANC.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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