10 July 2022

South Africa: One year age, shortly after the imprisonment of ex-president Jacob Zuma, the Durban riots, “a near week-long frenzy of arson, looting, and murder”, cost more than 300 lives and caused destruction estimated to have amounted to 3.4bn USD. Elements of the ruling ANC faithful to Zuma had apparently managed to stage a “popular insurrection”. But nothing much has happened since: “not a single prominent politician has been charged in connection with last year's violence”. The country’s overall situation seems bleak. With many doubting the ability of the ANC to reform, the possibility of the former freedom movement losing its absolute majority at the next elections (2024) could offer a way out, forcing the ANC to enter coalitions. But who is likely to gain in this? With its huge gap between rich and poor, the economy in dire straits, electric power scarce, xenophobia rife… there is no lack of problems. “Bold new movements, backed by an active civil society and private sector could re-energise South African politics.” They certainly should, but is it likely that they will?

Uganda/GB: “Uprooted 50 Years Ago” is an exhibition about the Asian refugees expelled by Idi Amin who arrived in Britain in 1972. Most of those of the 27,000 expelled who held British passports arrived went to London Heathrow. More than 1,600 of them spent a year living in barrack blocks on the RAF (Royal Air Force) Greenham Common (west of Reading) turned into a resettlement centre. The exhibition, which runs until October at the Greenham Common Control Tower “features photographs and testimonies of those who stayed at the base as well as films of some who returned to visit Uganda in later years”.

09 July 2022

Rwanda: 64-year-old Kagame has announced that he’ll again be candidate at the presidential elections of 2024. The constitution – changed in 2015 – allows him to be president until 2034.
BBC Africa Latest Updates 09 July 2022. 9:41

Kenya/Netherlands/UK: Unseeded Kenyan Angella Okutoyi and Dutch Rose Marie Nijkamp defeated 4th seeded Canadians Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 in Wimbledon to win the girls’ doubles title.