The Africa Report: 04 April

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on Africa's daily headlines

Rebel soldiers. Picture: AFP

SA GOVT INSULTED AT FRENCH MEDIA REPORTS

New reports have emerged of an increased death toll of South African National Defence Force soldiers who were killed during battle in the Central African Republic (CAR)

Official French radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI), stated that the death toll of South African soldiers was somewhere between 39 and 50, a far cry from the reported 13.

A French commander was reported as saying he had seen 39 South African bodies post-battle, whilst a reliable source at the French airbase said he saw 50 body bags being loaded onto a South African aircraft, the Hercules.

The knock-on effect of the coup d'état in the CAR is becoming increasingly worrying.

The spillover is affecting every one of the countries around the CAR including Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congo, Sudan and Chad.

It seems that self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia has gone to the "rebel supermarket" linking him and Seleka rebels with Ugandan rebels, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Uganda, meanwhile, is saying that it cannot continue searching for the LRA, including the notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony, in the CAR because of hostility there.

Additionally, there are links between Seleka and rebels in the DRC and certainly links with the rebels in Nigeria.

Cameroon, a country that was an island of stability in the Central African area, is increasingly feeling the effects of insurgency operations and terrorism.

POST N'DJAMENA

With the initial N'Djamena Summit in Chad concluded, Chadian president, Idriss Déby, stated that, "President Zuma has decided to withdraw the South African forces which are deployed in Bangui."

He added that Zuma was ready to provide troops in the future if necessary.

African leaders present at Wednesday's summit gave a "thumbs down" to the rebel-led CAR and said they would not recognise CAR's new self-proclaimed leader.

The order was made that a transitional president should be elected in place of Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia.

PANIC IN THE ANC

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) seems to be in a splenetic state, recognising that the next general election is just a few Tweets away.

With the vast criticism from both South Africa and the international world, the ANC has moved from trying to explain what happened to trying to defend what happened.

Although getting into the CAR wasn't the worst thing the ANC has ever done, the absolute mind-boggling lack of intelligence and poor judgement that South Africa has shown has dented South Africa's reputation on the continent and is what is most irksome to the ANC at this point.

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MADONNA RECEIVES A WARM MALAWIAN WELCOME

Madonna and her four children, David, 8, Lourdes, 16, Mercy, 8, and Rocco, 12 received a warm welcome from hundreds of orphans in Malawi on Wednesday.

The singer-songwriter, director and actress, along with her family, visited the orphanage where Madonna adopted David Banda in 2006.

Madge, as she is affectionately known, is quoted in an AP report as saying, "I'm happy that David is back to see his brothers and sisters."

They also went to see his former crib, which has been preserved in his honour.

It is not yet known if Madonna planned to also visit the Kondanani Children's Village, where she adopted Mercy in 2009 after a protracted court battle.

But Madonna and her children are expected to visit a paediatrics hospital on Thursday and another orphanage on Friday.