The Africa Report: 5 November

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

The Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN


The South African capital, Pretoria, is host to some of African relations most important summits this week.

On Monday, Southern African Development Community (SADC) met with from the Great Lakes regions, coinciding with military success in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SADC and the Great Lakes discussed security issues in the DRC and as the summit proceeded, Congolese forces made further gains in the volatile east.

After recapturing Bunagana, DRC forces, supported by the United Nations, have reportedly all but put a stop the reign of terror M23 rebels have imposed upon the east.

Great Lakes leaders and the United Nations have called upon M23 to renounce their rebellion in order to proceed with the peace treaty.

On Tuesday, nine heads of states and 19 countries will again engage in a summit, hosted by South Africa.

This time, it is the Consultative Summit for the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).

ACIRC, at its core, will tackle the issue of the African standby force.

It will take place on Tuesday night at the OR Tambo Building.



MNLA Tuareg rebels have expressed their humiliation regarding the killing of two French journalists in Mali.

On Saturday, two Radio France Internationale journalists were killed after being abducted.

The journalists, 51-year-old Ghislaine Dupont and 58-year-old Claude Verlon were abducted in Kidal after emerging from an interview at the home of MNLA Tuareg rebel official, Ambeiry Ag Rhissa.

The journalists were driven approximately 15 km away and shot.

Kidal is the birthplace of the Tuareg uprising in 2012.

Tuareg rebels have since responded to the shooting requesting they join the hunt for the murders.

Meanwhile, official inquiries have been launched in both Bamako and Paris.

One of the questions being asked is whether a rumoured French helicopter had flown over the shooting spot, causing the terrorists to panic and kill the journalists.

French experts are being flown into Mali to investigate the car Dupont and Verlon died in.



Four alleged terrorists have been charged over the siege of the upmarket Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

The Westgate Mall was under terrorist siege for four days in September.

The four charged are the first to appear in court on charges relating to the attack, which al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for.

The suspected terrorists are Mohammed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah, Adnan Ibrahim and Hussein Hassan.

Nationalities of the four men have not been disclosed but they are believed to be Somali nationals.

Charges include offering support, shelter and false documents to the militants.