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Psa 74:20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

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  • Zimbabwe may let whites farm again
    Robert MugabeZimbabwe, facing food shortages blamed partly on its large-scale seizures of white-owned farms, is considering allowing some interested whites to return to farming, a minister said. President Robert Mugabe's government has received more than 200 applications from whites to take up farming again, land minister Flora Buka said on Saturday during an agriculture conference in South Africa. "As regards white commercial farmers, there are some who have indicated that they would want to continue farming," Buka told Reuters. "Their applications are being considered. If they are willing to stay, that is also going to be considered. Also, the amount of land they have is also going to be considered." Asked if the government was still confiscating land from whites to redistribute to blacks, Buka said: "Yes, we are still resettling our people on the land that is state land." Many of Zimbabwe's white farmers have gone overseas or to other African countries after often violent land grabs backed by Mugabe, who initiated the redistribution program six years ago. - (Africa)

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  • South Africa: Anti-rape condom aims to stop sexual assaults
    A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker’s penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.

  • 'Friendly Fire' , Rape an Epidemic in S. Africa
    According to an annual police report on crime, nearly 50 people killed every day across the country -- a figure that will likely add to South Africa's reputation as a violent society. The government is desperate to counter the country's violent image, especially in the run-up to the soccer World Cup in 2010, and point out that murder is at its lowest level for five years. Yet, the report said the number of murders over the year totaled 18,528, and four of every five victims knew their attackers. Rapes totaled a staggering 54,926. There was little decrease in the number of murder and rapes. Tutu, a leader in the anti-apartheid movement, decried the rape of children, some as young as nine months, and South Africa's staggering murder rate.. - (Africa)


  • Darkest Africa: Nigerian murder suspect accused of killing his brother with an axe
    told police investigators he actually attacked a goat, which was only later magically transformed into his sibling's corpse. Murder suspects in Nigeria, where many people believe in black magic, sometimes claim spirits tricked them into killing. In 2001, eight people were burned to death after one person in their group was accused of making a bystander's penis magically disappear.


  • South African Murders Hit Scary Rate
    Robbers kill their victims, bystanders kill criminals, family members kill each other. Gunbattles erupt on streets and in shopping malls. Passers-by whip out pistols and join in firefights between criminals and police or security guards. A recent flurry in high profile bloodshed even has police suggesting they are losing the fight with violent crime.

  • US journalist on Sudan spy charge


    African wife of a missing British pensioner burned him alive
Kate and William West
The 26-year-old African wife of a missing British pensioner is to be charged with murdering him after he was found to have been burned alive. Cops said the charred remains of tycoon William West, 76, were close to the couple’s luxury holiday beach home in Gambia. He vanished on July 3 while on a vacation with wife Kate. She claimed he disappeared after popping into a cigar store on a day trip to neighbouring Senegal. Mrs West was originally from Ghana but lived in Gambia with her Nigerian parents. She married Mr West six years ago — when she was 20 — after they met while he was on holiday in Gambia. Police are holding her in custody, along with a West African man. - (Newsroom) - (crime) - (Black-on-white) - (Burned Alive!) - (UK)

  • Two female Mormon missionaries gang-raped in South Africa
    The LDS Church has confirmed a disturbing report out of South Africa involving two female missionaries. The sister missionaries were raped, robbed, and one was shot in an attack that lasted more than two hours.  The women were attacked and left next to a busy road on the coast of South Africa in Port Shepstone. According to news reports, 22-year old woman from Kenya was shot in the upper abdomen, then her attackers grabbed her bags searching for valuables. Her 21-year old companion from California was also victimized by the group of four men. The news report out of South Africa says the attack lasted more than two hours.  - (Newsroom)

  • Morocco: African migrant death toll rises in migrant clash
    The death toll from the latest mass attempt by African migrants to storm into a Spanish enclave in north Africa has risen to three, a Moroccan official said on Tuesday. The official quoted a hospital report as saying the third person was a 28-year-old Cameroonian who died in a hospital from injuries following the incident, in which up to 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa tried to stampede into Spain's African enclave of Melilla. Two other men were killed in Monday's incident, officials have said, when the migrants rushed a 20-foot (6-meter) fence with makeshift ladders. Moroccan guards fired warning shots to keep them from entering, those officials said.


  • Senegal suspends deal to take back illegal migrants
    Senegalese men board a boat near Saint Louis, a popular departure point for illegal immigrants headed to the Canary Islands.DAKAR, Senegal (Reuters) -- Senegal has suspended the repatriation of Senegalese illegal migrants from Spain's Canary Islands because it said they were mistreated and lied to by Spanish authorities, a government official said on Thursday. Repatriation flights were halted a day after the two governments announced the start of an operation to return more than 600 Senegalese migrants from the Canaries, where nearly 9,000 sub-Saharan Africans have come ashore in boats this year. - (EU)

  • Sweden OKs Law to Take Liberia's War-Criminal Taylor
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish lawmakers have approved a law that makes it possible for the Scandinavian country to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if a U.N.-backed tribunal convicts him of war crimes, government officials said Thursday.

  • Kenyan boy mauled by dogs has operation
  • At least four people, including a Kenyan policeman, have died in clashes between police and street hawkers in the capital, Nairobi.
    Nairobi riotThe trouble started when police tried to arrest illegal street traders. The BBC's Anne Mawathe says when one of the vendors tried to escape the police opened fire, infuriating the traders. They rioted and set fire to power transformers, which the police had to put out with piles of earth. Local television reports that some of demonstrators have serious bullet wounds. Our correspondent says confrontations between hawkers and the police are not unusual in Nairobi as the traders are not allowed to trade in the central business areas of the capital.

  • After expropriating White farmers Mugabe now takes control of farms owned by blacks
    Robert MugabeZimbabwe -- For years, Zimbabwe's white farmers have felt the wrath of President Robert Mugabe as they have been thrown off their land to make way for soldiers and ruling party cronies.  Now, longstanding black farmers have also become the focus of Mr. Mugabe's unwelcome attentions. The soldiers plowed up the vegetables, which he grew to earn cash to pay school fees for his children, and told him to plant corn.   Neighboring farmers -- some of them women -- who refused to uproot their own vegetables and fruit trees were beaten until they submitted.  Now Mr. Dube, and other farmers like him, have been told that they must sell most of their harvest to Zimbabwe's Grain Marketing Board, for a price yet to be determined, as part of Mr. Mugabe's drive to boost the nation's supply of the basic food. - (Africa)

  • Darkest Africa: Mauritanian Leader Calls for Abolishment of Slavery
    The military ruler of Mauritania called Friday for his countrymen to stamp out slavery — a rare official acknowledgment that the long-outlawed practice continues in the northwest African country. "Yes to the abolition of slavery, of all slaveries," said Col. Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, adding that he will be the first to back anti-slavery groups working in Mauritania. Mauritania outlawed slavery in 1981, and the official government stance has been that the practice no longer exists within its borders. Slavery in the Muslim country has traditionally followed ethnic lines, with lighter-skinned maurs owning darker Africans and ownership passing down through generations. - (Africa) - (Reparations for Slavery)

  • 3 Americans held in Congo released


    South African poletics: Zulu Zuma: Not using condom was mistake
Jacob Zuma
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) -- South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma apologized on Tuesday for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman and said he was resuming his duties at the ruling ANC party after his acquittal on rape charges. South Africa has the biggest HIV caseload in the world, with nearly 5 million people infected.   Zuma, an ethnic Zulu, was hit with the rape charge following a separate graft scandal last year which prompted Mbeki to sack him as the country's second-highest official. He faces trial on the corruption case in July.. - (Africa)



Police search for killer chimps
Coco the Chimp - file photoFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Police hunted for chimpanzees that escaped from a Sierra Leone preserve and mauled a group of local and American sightseers -- a rare attack that left one local man dead and at least four other people hospitalized. The U.S. Embassy warned Americans against traveling to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, from where the chimps escaped before the attack on a taxicab filled with Americans and others. The Sierra Leonean driver died as the chimps ripped his body apart and the three Americans were treated at a local hospital. - (Newsroom) - (Africa)

  • France's Ties With African Leaders Fading

  • Robert Mugabe invites whites to lease back farmland
    MugabeZimbabwe's dispossessed white farmers have been invited to lease farms back from the government, a tacit admission of the failure of Robert Mugabe's land seizures. If the applications are granted, it would be a reversal of Mr Mugabe's vows not to return land to white farmers. Didymus Mutasa, the security minister, who also holds the land reform portfolio, said this week that the country's land belonged to black people and "there is definitely no going back on our policy on land". - (Newsroom)  

  • Liberia's Charles Taylor denies atrocities before tribunal - Former warlord is first African president to face war crimes charges
    Charles TaylorFREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday before an international war crimes tribunal, denying 11 counts of helping destabilize West Africa through killings, sexual slavery and sending children into combat.  

  • South Africa: Zuma takes stand in rape trial
    Jacob ZumaSouth Africa (AP) -- The man once groomed to be South Africa's next president defended himself Monday against charges that he raped an HIV-positive family friend.   Jacob Zuma, who was sacked as deputy president under a cloud of corruption last June, told a packed courtroom that he had caressed, kissed, massaged and then had sex with the woman, who at no stage tried to resist him.

    Warlord is sent to international court as first case
Thomas Lubanga The International Criminal Court is preparing to receive its first prisoner, a Congolese warlord accused of ordering the killing of nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers last year, according to sources at the court. Thomas Lubanga, the leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), was arrested in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), last March, weeks after the peacekeepers were killed in the lawless Ituri region in the east of the country.  


  • South Africa's child rape shame
    More children are being murdered and raped in South Africa than in previous years, according to police statistics, which reveal that more than three children are killed every day. Equally shocking is that statistics released by the Safety and Security Ministry also show that more than 60 children are raped daily.  

  • Uganda opposition leader cleared of rape

  • Mandela's heir accused of rape
    He was Mandela's heir. Now he's accused of raping woman who called him Uncle
    Jacob ZumaHE ASPIRED to be South Africa’s next leader and considered himself the rightful heir to Nelson Mandela’s legacy, a black man ready to lead his people to peace and prosperity. But yesterday Jacob Zuma stood in the dock in a Johannesburg courtroom accused of rape, his quest for the presidency apparently in ruins. As political demises go, it could hardly have been more dramatic.
    A hushed courtroom listened as an HIV-positive Aids activist recounted in graphic detail on the first day of his trial how she had been raped by the trusted friend of her family.



    South Africa: King's brother jailed for rape of 9-year-old girl, his own niece
Mbuyisa DlaminiKing Mswati III of SwazilandPrince Mbuyisa Dlamini, elder brother of King Mswati III of Swaziland and a senior member of the Swazi royal household, has been sent to jail for seven years because he raped a nine year-old girl.   In his finding Justice Joe Gumede on Thursday strongly condemned Dlamini's act in the Mbabane magistrate's court. "Those who commit this type of crime have to receive heavy sentences because they really do not deserve to be part of the community. "What you did, has brought shame on your own head and also on the heads of your children. 'Won't mention the royal family' "I will not even dare to mention the royal family," Gumede said.  The victim was Dlamini's niece, his sister's grandchild. Dlamini caused "pain and suffering when he penetrated her and tore her vagina without any qualms about her rights and dignity, the worst aspect being that she was in no position to defend herself".  
Ref: King Mswati's Time is Up
To many on the outside, King Mswati III is just a curiosity - a youngster with an overcharged libido and the political power to feed it. The world laughs at his quirks and his extravagances. When the Western press reports on his excesses, they blithely refer to him as "Africa's last absolute monarch". Mswati's security forces rounded up pro-democracy activists. Unable to solve a string of petrol bomb attacks on government properties, the Swazi authorities are alleged to have tortured the activists in a bid to extract confessions.

    Rwandan rebel convicted of butchering 9 English-speaking gorilla tourists to death with clubs and machetes
Jean-Paul Bizimana, alias Xavier Van DameA former Rwandan soldier has been given a 15-year jail term for the murder of eight western "gorilla tourists" and a game warden in a Ugandan park in 1999.  The judge spared Jean Paul Bizimana, 32, the death sentence, saying some of the tourists' home-countries view capital punishment as "abhorrent". He was among Rwandan rebels who abducted 14 tourists and their guide as they tracked rare mountain gorillas. The tourists were from the US, the UK and New Zealand.  Four Britons as well as two Americans, two New Zealanders and a Ugandan game warden, were bludgeoned to death with axes and machetes in the attack.  The victims were Americans Rob Haubner and his wife, Susan Miller, of Portland, Ore.; Rhonda Avis, 27, and Michelle Strathern, 26, from New Zealand; Britons Martin Friend, 24, Steven Robert, 27 and Mark Lindgren, 23, and Joanne Cotton, a driver for the London-based outfitter that organized trips to Africa, and Ugandan guide Ross Wagaba. During the march, eight people were killed with machetes and axes. Susan Miller also was allegedly raped by one of the suspects, the indictment said. - (UK) - (Black-on-White)

    New Orleans-Based Tidewater Employee Kidnapped In Nigeria
Gunmen stormed an offshore oil platform run by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria and kidnapped four foreign workers, including an American. Joe Bennett, a senior vice president for New Orleans-based Tidewater, confirms the identity of the American as Patrick Landry, a Tidewater employee. Bennett did not know his age or his hometown.  - (Newsroom) - (Africa)

    South Africa: Son of UK’s High Commissioner to South Africa accused of rape
Benjamin Boateng, now 21Paul Boateng
A son of former Cabinet minister Paul Boateng has been accused of rape. Benjamin Boateng, 21, has been investigated over claims by an 18-year-old girl in Cape Town, South Africa. He has not been arrested and strongly protests his innocence. He says the girl consented to sex. Benjamin’s father — a friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair — has been the UK’s High Commissioner to South Africa since last year.  Mr Boateng — who became Britain’s first black minister after Labour’s 1997 election triumph — is said to be shellshocked by the girl’s claims of a double assault.  - (NNN Newsroom) - (Africa) - (UK)

    Darkest Africa; Grandfather suspected of witchcraft killed
Five people are to appear in the Eshowe magistrate's court on Tuesday for the murder of their elderly grandfather, police said on Monday. Captain Tienkie van Vuuren said the five stabbed and stoned John Mtuleni Zungu, 73, to death at Mvusana near Mbongolwane, near Eshowe, earlier this month, after accusing him of practising witchcraft. They then hid his body under sticks and stones in a pit latrine. - (Madkins)

    South Africa: Belgian student ready to face alleged gang rapists
A 17-year-old Belgian exchange student says she will return to Soweto to testify against five men who allegedly gang-raped, robbed and assaulted her. The five accused - Sibusiso Mkhize, 19, Wandile Dondolo, 25, Moeketsie Mokoena, 25, Mandla Dlamini, 25 and Xolani Liduke, 24, - have not denied that the teen was raped in the house that night. A medical report has revealed that the girl suffered "traumatic penetration" during the assault. Nel said the teenager also had severe gynaecological and physical injuries. - (-88-) 



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    UK: Reward offered in sex gang case - Black South African migrant pack rapists on the loose
Females Be Alert!Women of BritainDetectives investigating a series of rapes in Northampton have issued a reward for information leading to the arrest of the sex attackers. Over the last two weeks there have been three rapes and two attempted abductions which Northamptonshire Police believe could be linked. The attacks have led police to warn women and girls not to go out alone in the town after dark. The offenders are described as black, in their 20s, with very dark skin, about 6ft tall and spoke with South African accents. The latest victim, a 30-year-old woman, was found with head injuries early on Monday morning. She had been hit on the head before being raped. On 1 August attempts were made to abduct a 15-year-old in the early hours of the morning. Less than an hour later an 18-year-old was forced into a car, driven to Duston and raped. After police released details of these attacks an 18-year-old woman reported being raped. - (Svejk) - (UK)

    Darkest Africa: South Africa, Cape Town - Cops ask for help in finding baby killers
Jordan Leigh Nortonbaby killer sketchPolice have remained tight-lipped after the murder of a six-month-old baby in Rondebosch East two days ago. On Thursday they released an identikit of one of the four intruders responsible for the murder that has shocked the community. Jordan-Leigh Norton was stabbed when four intruders gained entry to her Scout Road home, held up her nanny and uncle and ransacked the house of valuables. Baby's murder puzzles cops
- (African Crusader) - (black on white)

    Mandela son-in-law seeking to resolve rape charge in Connecticut
Isaac AmuahThe son-in-law of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who left Connecticut 12-years ago while facing rape charges, is trying to resolve that case, his attorney said Friday. Isaac Amuah, a former professor at Manchester Community Technical College, was accused of sexually assaulting a 34-year-old student from his algebra class inside Amuah's Manchester apartment. Amuah was charged with first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He was given permission to travel to South Africa for the holidays in 1993 and never returned. - (crime)

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