75,000 Nigerian Children Will Die From Starvation Due To Boko Haram, Says UNICEF

The northeastern portion of Nigeria has suffered tremendous drought and has been under political control of Boko Haram, threatening the lives of 75,000 children unless someone intervenes, a report from UNICEF said today. While other countries have offered aid to those starving and dying in the famine, Boko Haram controls what food reaches the indigenous people of that area of the African country, including the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, who have been hit the hardest with lack of rain and political instability, a situation which is resulting in a major humanitarian crisis. Arjan de Wagt, nutrition chief for UNICEF, asserts that no other place in the world has been this emergently impacted by a starvation situation. He says, simply, that tens of thousands of children will die if no help is received, according to Vibe. UNICEF spokesperson Christina Corbett said the little food that is received in this area is far from nutritious. “Many families are only able to eat once every few days and usually only watered-down porridge. They are going to bed hungry and waking up with no way to change that.” Arjan de Wagt, nutrition chief for UNICEF in Nigeria, explains that in cases of malnutrition, children usually die of secondary infections like diarrhea or respiratory infections because their bodies are so poorly nourished that they can’t fight off infections that children normally would be able to. However, in Nigeria, child are actually dying of starvation – a lengthy and painful process. “…But with famine, you actually die of hunger, and that is what is happening. Globally, you just don’t see this. You have to go back to places like Somalia five years ago to see these kinds of levels.” It has already happened to children in pockets of Nigeria, but the outlook for it to be far more widespread looms as an inevitable situation unless there is some type of major intervention, according to NBC. In Somalia, over 200,00 people perished due to famine between the years of 2010 and 2012, due to drought, political realms, and the ravages of war. [Image by Chris Hondros/Getty Images] UNICEF has appealed for $115 million dollars to be brought to the aid of the starving people, but only $24 million has been raised thus far. Most of the starving are farmers who have been displaced when Boko Haram invaded their territories, and they have been unable to plant or harvest or two years now. Boko Haram is a militant insurgent group that has kidnapped girls and impregnated them as a means of war tactic, and their onslaught now extends to hundreds of thousands of people who are going hungry without proper sanitation, housing, or means to grow food. Doctors Without Borders says the situation has reached “catastrophic levels” and that the people of Nigeria are entirely dependent on outside aid at this point to sustain their lives – and enough aid is just not coming. Time is of the essence, and for many, it is already too late, as their bodies begin to shut down due to organ failure from starvation. Children are hit hardest because their metabolism needs the most nourishment in order to grow, but others, including pregnant women and elderly, cannot withstand such malnourishment for extended periods, either. (Photo by Marle / Getty Images) UNICEF is in a difficult position to deliver the aid that is available, as the reign of Boko Haram makes their efforts treacherous for workers. They have been completely unable to reach some areas with heavy Boko Haram presence, and have stopped attempts to reach certain areas after their humanitarian aid convoy was attacked by Boko Haram in July and a UNICEF worker was injured when a rocket hit their armored car. [Photo By Sunday Alamba/AP]

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Cleared Of Charges While Prosecutor Set To Challenge Ruling

In 2009, President Jacob Zuma was charged with 783 different charges, many of those related to corruption. Those charges were later dropped, and Zuma denied all the charges. Last month, a high court judge in South Africa said that the decision in Zuma’s case was irrational. A commission led by another judge said that there was no evidence to show that Zuma had been involved in an arms deal worth billions of dollars that took place in 1999. BBC News reported that the Democratic Alliance, one of the opposition parties to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), brought a case against President Zuma for the corruption charges after Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said that the National Prosecuting Authority should consider reopening the case. Graph shows how South Africa has gone down the tubes – SA Rand declined by 120% in 5 years https://t.co/Clu33XyWFm pic.twitter.com/z02YL64743 — ToxiNews (@toxinews) May 23, 2016 National Prosecuting Authority Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said he saw no reason to reinstate the charges against Zuma because he believed that he had done his job and that no one had influenced his decisions. The Democratic Alliance accused Abrahams of being too close to South Africa’s president and that the appeal was simply a stalling tactic. Judge Ledwaba said that the previous prosecutor discontinued the investigation because he found himself under pressure after tapes by officials discussing the timing of the case suggested political interference in the investigation. “Considering the situation in which he found himself, Mr Mpshe ignored the importance of the oath of office which commanded him to act independently and without fear and favour. Mr Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment.” (8) Facebook https://t.co/4tHTQfL5t0
This graph shows how South Africa has gone down the tubes — shane van rensburg (@nubbi777) May 23, 2016 As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the ruling party of South Africa, the African National Congress, is losing support. Since assuming power in 1994 after the end of apartheid, whites in the country have been slated for genocide while farm murders have increased. The departure of the Gupta family only compounded the problems President Zuma faces, as the Guptas were accused of using cabinet positions to award political cronies. Zuma’s close ties to the Gupta family have led many to believe that this is just one more scandal the South African president is involved in. White millionaires in South Africa have continued to depart the country because of safety and security issues. Will South Africa Ever Rise Above Race? https://t.co/6PbcKk9qK1 pic.twitter.com/VNNhw06udZ — Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) May 22, 2016 The International Business Times said that the charges President Zuma originally faced were from 2009, where they had been subsequently dropped. The judge said that not only was the decision irrational, but it didn’t follow correct procedure. Chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said that he was appealing the decision by the court, which cleared Zuma of all charges, and the Democratic Alliance said that it was a decision that would deny the president his day in court. The Democrat Alliance originally brought the charges against Zuma. The problem began in 1999 with an arms deal that South Africa was involved in to rebuild its military after the end of apartheid. In 2005, Zuma was dismissed as deputy president while his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of corruption in the original case related to the arms deal. The scandal continued in 2009 when Zuma ran for president of South Africa. The so-called “spy tapes” emerged, which were recordings of phone conversations, and the indictment was once again quashed by the prosecutor at the time. As the economy of South Africa has continued to sink, murder and genocide have increased, and Zuma and the African National Congress have failed to keep their promises to reform the country after apartheid, the president has been asked to step down. He was nearly impeached in April when he failed to pay back $19 million in state funds he used to renovate one of his homes. [Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

Susan Astle: Hot Air Balloon Crash In South Africa Kills British Tourist, Leaves Others Injured

A 48-year-old British tourist has died after falling from a hot air balloon in South Africa on Tuesday. The woman, identified as Susan Astle, was reportedly on the hot air balloon ride with her husband and two sons when it was suddenly swept by a powerful wind and crashed into a tree, News24 reported. Astle and a four-year-old girl fell out of the basket after it tilted about 20 feet above the ground near the Buffelspoort Dam, North West Province. A paramedic who responded to the hot air balloon crash site told The Sun that Susan Astle’s husband and sons followed her to the hospital. However, she died overnight on Tuesday at the Mediclinic Brits hospital. The medic described the incident as “an awful tragedy.” Astle reportedly suffered head injuries. The four-year-old girl who also fell out of the basket sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to an intensive care hospital for children in Johannesburg. Although the mother of the four-year-old girl did not fall out of the basket, she suffered internal injuries and was transported to a hospital. Two men were also hospitalized with injuries. In total, there were about 14 people on the hot air balloon ride when the accident occurred. Loanne Louw, a spokesperson for the Hartbeespoort Emergency Rescue Service, said that the basket of the hot air balloon appears to have bounced off the ground a couple of times before it hit a tree, Kormorant reported. A 70-year-old survivor of the ride told News24 that she and the other passengers had to hang on for their life as the hot air balloon was swept by the wind. She said it was like being in a car that is driving backward at high speed. “I am just absolutely thankful that we are all alive. It was supposed to be one beautiful day out, but it turned into an absolute nightmare,” she said. Susan Astle and her family, who are said to be from Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, were reportedly on holiday in South Africa when the hot air balloon accident occurred. Bill Harrop, the owner of Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris, who is also British, said that there had not been any incident like this since his company was founded in 1981. While he said that he is looking into the incident and also cooperating with the authorities, Harrop vindicated the pilot of the hot air balloon flight of any culpability in the incident. A hot air balloon prepares to take off on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt. [Image by Amr Nabil/AP Images] He said that the weather was okay at the time of takeoff on Tuesday morning. However, the wind picked up speed from five knots to about 29 knots midair. “Once the wind picks up, you have to find the safest landing location, and it ended up with a fast landing. It was very well executed, with a very skilled and experienced pilot. Just before they stopped the drag, they hit some rocks, and that caused a problem,” Harrop explained. The pilot of the flight is getting counseling, the Daily Mail reported. The hot air balloon was reportedly swept off course to a remote location. The 70-year-old survivor said that a passenger had to go and ask a farmer to help in contacting paramedics to save the injured. South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Kabelo Ledwaba said that the accident is currently under investigation, OFM reported. He noted that safety recommendations for hot air balloon flights would be released after the investigation is completed. “We wish to extend our deepest condolences to those aboard our flight and their families,” Harrop said. According to its website, Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris is a family-run business. The company reportedly has a fleet of six large hot air balloons. [Featured Image by Amr Nabil/AP Images]

Acie Lumumba Tape: Former Zimbabwe Youth Council Chair Says Explicit Video Was Leaked As Form Of Political Retribution

Acie Lumumba is facing a tape controversy, with the former Zimbabwe Youth Council chair claiming that police illegally confiscated a video of him having that was then released as a form of political retribution. Lumumba claimed that the tape leak was meant as a way to punish him for his falling out with the council, which included allegations that he misappropriated funds. Acie Lumumba explained that the tape was stolen from his home during an illegal search by police, one that did not involve a warrant. He said some other personal items were confiscated, but the tape may be the most harmful. “Today it was announced by H-Metro that video recordings of private nature will soon be released to the public. The recordings are of me having ,” he told Zimbabwe News. “I am sure that curiosity and prurient interest will cause some people to watch these recordings. This cannot be helped.” Some explicit images from the Acie Lumumba tape were published on the cover of H-Metro, showing a naked Lumumba and a young woman in separate, censored photos. It is not clear if the entire explicit video has been leaked to the internet. Social media was abuzz with word of Acie Lumumba’s tape, with many defending him and others expressing shock at the news. @GagaShumba @Mathuthu The "latest" video clip by youth activist Acie Lumumba now out! Sadly, it wont be on Facebook! pic.twitter.com/jY7c4iyeyO — Larry Moyo (@larry_moyo) June 1, 2016 Even before the reported leak of his tape, Acie Lumumba has faced a great deal of controversy in Zimbabwe. In April, he was fired as chairman of the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy for Investment’s steering committee amid allegations that he was misappropriating funds, the Herald reported. The report cited sources who said Lumumba took funds meant for a youth conference and instead transferred them to his own company, Cornerstone Consulting. Patrick Zhuwao, who served as minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, said he was the one who removed Lumumba. “My decision is based on an apparent conflict of interest between the duties entrusted on him as the chairperson of the Steering Committee and representative of young people on one hand, and his personal interest in a company called Cornerstone Consulting on the other hand,” Zhuwao said. Lumumba claimed that he had sourced the money with a mandate from Zhuwao, the Herald reported. Lumumba added that his firing was actually related to disagreements with Zhuwao. “I have had long conversations with the Minister about the apparent conflict, and as far as I am concerned, the conflict has nothing to do with abuse of funds but it has everything to do with me not agreeing with the Minister’s way of doing things,” he said. Lumumba hinted at more widespread corruption and mismanagement within the council in an interview with The Independent. On Thursday, Lumumba said that he believed the tape leak was retribution for this speaking out. ZIMBABWE NOW NEEDS A REVOLUTION, we are more than a million #thereisasolution pic.twitter.com/jwzd4tCLwy — thelumumbaplaybook (@acielumumba) May 25, 2016 “When I left ZANU PF and spoke out, I knew that the less intelligent members of the party will come after me trying to silence me,” he said. “I was ready. But my family and others whose lives will be affected by the release made no such choice. I am truly sorry that your private lives will now be disclosed.” Lumumba said the tape leak would not frighten him into silence, saying instead he is determined to “make my audience wide and me more fierce.” Acie Lumumba also said his tape is nothing he is ashamed about, noting that “Single young men and single young women naturally have . That is what we do. It is God’s way.” [Image via Instagram/Acie Lumumba]

Fatim Jawara: Gambian Women's National Football Team Goalkeeper Downs In The Mediterranean Among Illegal Migrants Heading To Europe

The death of Fatim Jawara, the 19-year-old goalkeeper of Gambia’s national women’s football team, who was heading to Europe via the Mediterranean, has put the spotlight on the dangers that migrants face in their quest to reach Europe illegally through the coast of North Africa. The Gambian Football Federation (GFF) confirmed the death of Fatim Jawara on Thursday in a press statement. According to her former coach Chorro Mbenga, the athlete, who was looking to create a new life in Europe, died last month, the Guardian reported. “I received the news today and it has really shocked me. The young girl is a talent and on the move for greener pastures but the way she died is just shocking and sympathetic,” Gambia Football Federation President Lamin Kabba Bajo said. “She will be remembered for saving a penalty kick in a friendly encounter involving the national soccer team and the Glasgow Girls from Scotland.” Lamin Kabba Bajo also sent condolences to the family of the late Fatim Jawara. “Her death is untimely, but we will remember her for her great performances on the pitch,” said Mbenga, her former U-17 coach. Fatim Jawara, who had cemented her role in the Gambian national team and local club Red Scorpions FC where she played, quit both posts after deciding to travel to Europe. She is alleged to have spent several weeks in a camp in the Libyan coastal city of Misrata, RT reported. Jawara, who made her mark on the Gambian team in 2012 during the Women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, reportedly left her country in September. She is believed to have arrived in Libya after traveling through the Sahara desert, a perilous route frequently used by illegal migrants. The exact date when the doomed boat that Jawara was aboard left the Libyan coast for Europe is unknown. The exact number of migrants aboard the boat is also unclear. The deadly accident occurred after the boat ran into trouble on the Mediterranean, Bleacher reported. Fatim Jawara’s death was initially confirmed by the agent who she paid to help her travel from Libya to Europe. The amount she paid to Europe cannot be confirmed. However, migrants seeking to enter Europe via the region are known to pay people traffickers thousands of dollars, Aljazeera reported. Libya has been in a state of chaos since 2011 when Muammar Gaddafi was violently ousted from office. The ensuing unrest has exacerbated the influx of migrants and led to the rise of people trafficking gangs. About 3,500 illegal migrants mainly from Africa and the Middle East have drowned on the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The number of causalities in 2015 was reportedly around 4,000 people. African refugees and migrants react aboard a partially punctured rubber boat as they wait to be assisted by a NGO during a rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea. [Photo by Santi Palacios/AP Photo] War-torn Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Eritrea and Nigeria are among countries with the most illegal migrants in Europe. Gambia, which has a very small population of about 1.8 million, reportedly accounts for up to a fourth of the migrants in Italy. Although the Italian island of Lampedusa is the closest from Libya, the journey is particularly dangerous. The Gambian government, which recently pulled away from the International Criminal Court (ICC), cited the mass death of African youth attempting to reach Europe as part of the reasons for its withdrawal. “After several warning to the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, in particular, about the mass murder of young African migrants on European beaches and waters,” said Sheriff Bojang, Gambian Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure. Critics say poverty and political turmoil are among the main factors that push migrants to attempt the perilous journey to Europe. However, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has since dismissed a 2015 United Nations (UN) report which claimed that more than 60 percent of the West African country’s population live below the poverty line. Many reportedly earn about $ 1.25 daily. [Featured Image by Santi Palacios/AP Photo]

Acie Lumumba Tape: Former Zanu PF Youth Leader Says Video's Release Will Not Bully Him Into Silence

Acie Lumumba is finding support after his tape release, with many rallying to the support of the former Zimbabwe Youth Council leader who is being seen as the victim of a politically motivated attack. Lumumba was splashed across tabloids this week with the release of some censored images from his alleged tape. He claimed that the video was stolen during an illegal police search and released as retribution for his falling out with the council, which included allegations that he inappropriately filtered funds to his own business. Acie Lumumba did not try to deny that the tape showed him, but instead said it is of no interest to the public. “Today it was announced by H-Metro that video recordings of private nature will soon be released to the public. The recordings are of me having ,” he told Zimbabwe News. “I am sure that curiosity and prurient interest will cause some people to watch these recordings. This cannot be helped.” Your boy Lumumba about to give "Dig Deeper" a whole new meaning pic.twitter.com/kVb6VTiJEd — Phlynt Phlossy™ (@PhilChard) June 1, 2016 Lumumba had recently been fired as chairman of the Zimbabwe Youth Empowerment Strategy for Investment’s steering committee, with allegations that had misused funds, the Herald reported. Lumumba was accused of taking money meant for a youth conference and instead giving it to his own company, Cornerstone Consulting. The political conflict brought Acie Lumumba into a battle with his former ally, Patrick Zhuwao, who served as minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment. Zhuwao announced that he was the one who ultimately fired Lumumba from his position. “My decision is based on an apparent conflict of interest between the duties entrusted on him as the chairperson of the Steering Committee and representative of young people on one hand, and his personal interest in a company called Cornerstone Consulting on the other hand,” Zhuwao said. Lumumba responded with allegations that Zhuwao fired him after the two came into conflict, and told The Independent that it was actually Zhuwao leading the corrupt council. Lumumba had become a vocal critic of Zimbabwe’s political establishment, using social media to speak out about cash shortages and hunger that has swept through rural areas, New Zimbabwe reported. Acie Lumumba said the release of his tape is meant to distract from these issues. “Those who think that a disclosure of my naked body will distract the people of Zimbabwe from their every day troubles are due for a rude awakening,” he said (via New Zimbabwe). “Today people will discuss my life, but tomorrow they will again discuss the fact that they have no money, no electricity, no food and no hope.” Lumumba is starting to gain many allies. Maynard Manyowa of Nehanda Radio wrote that even though he disagrees with Lumumba politically, he decried the efforts to silence him. For all my dislike for Lumumba, it is undeniable that this ‘episode’ is meant to discredit Lumumba’s activism in the eyes of the purists mentioned prior. However, they over indulge when they slam the journalists that reported the matter and paint Lumumba as a total victim. It is disheartening, to see how Zimbabweans can be taken for such an easy and cheap ride. Others are in Lumumba’s corner, including former Sunday Mail editor Brezhnev Malaba who tweeted: “If you send your goons to search my house without a search warrant, & u “leak” my intimate pictures, that’s not journalism. Disgusting.” For all the attention it has garnered, Acie Lumumba said the tape release will not bully him into silence. [Image via Instagram/Acie Lumumba]

Schools Funded By Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Will Be Shut Down By Uganda

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have been funding schools in Uganda to help poor children get the education that they need, but a conflict in perspective with the government and some people has dampened their efforts and resulted in a shutdown of their facilities. The Bridge International Academies, otherwise known as BIA, was founded by Harvard University students Shannon May, Jay Kimmelman, and Phil Frei who were all looking for a way to solve problems with the education system in some countries in Africa. The BIA received funding from Mark Zuckerberg through his Zuckerberg Education Ventures, Bill Gates, and other high-profile investors. But their efforts may be in vain now that the Ugandan government decided to close down their schools for a number of reasons. According to CNN, the Ugandan government has deemed Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates’ schools as “unsanitary and unqualified,” which prompted them to close its doors on December 8. [Image by Andrew Harnik/AP Images] The government said that the BIA did not abide by the standards required of a school in Uganda. According to the government, not only are the BIA’s facilities dirty, but their teachers are also unqualified to instruct pupils. Huzaifa Mutazindwa, the director of Uganda’s Education Standards, told CNN that to start with, BIA’s curriculum hasn’t even been approved by their department and yet they pushed forward and opened up their schools. Mutazindwa said that the Ugandan government is deeply concerned with Zuckerberg and Gates’ schools because they are not aware of what they’re teaching the students. At least two other groups have voiced their support to close down Zuckerberg and Gates’ schools. The Global Campaign for Education is supporting Uganda’s decision to close down BIA because they too believe that the schools are inadequate and unqualified. Also, the group says that humanitarian efforts and profit-making could not go hand-in-hand because of the conflict in interest. Camilla Croso, the president of GCE, accused Zuckerberg and Gates’ schools of profiting from poverty-stricken countries. She said, “It really is incompatible to have human rights and profit making because you are motivated and act in completely different ways.” Croso also said that BIA’s method of teaching hinders students from learning because it’s so structured and scripted, leaving no room for discussion and individual reasoning. She spoke of the schools that Zuckerberg and Gates are funding and said, “You have technology — like tablets — often standing in place of teachers and you have very scripted classes that tell the teachers exactly what to do and when — so you don’t have any sort of autonomy and you can’t improvise.” According to Croso, learning through improvisation is much more important than just simply giving all the facts to the students, which is why she doesn’t believe that BIA is helping Uganda’s students. Another group agrees with Uganda’s decision to shut down BIA. The Initiative for Society and Economic Rights (ISER) said that the decision to close down the schools that Zuckerberg and Gates are funding is right because they believe that the organization was “insincere” when it came to Uganda with the intention of educating the poor. Salima Namusobya, the executive director of ISER, said that the privatization of education is technically in direct opposition to human rights principles especially when the group that is behind it is targeting poor families. Namusobya believes that the BIA is more interested in making a profit rather than helping poor children get the education they need, and with a $6 a month tuition fee it’s hard for some people to counter the director’s accusation. In most developed countries, $6 a month is a small pinch in a family’s annual budget, but according to NGOs it’s a huge deal for those living in poverty in Uganda. In light of their critics’ accusations, the schools that Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are funding is trying to fight back, although they admit it’s a tough battle to win. Andrew White, the BIA director in Uganda, said that the accusations hurled at them are unfounded and they are more than eager to set the record straight, but, unfortunately, Uganda’s government seems unwilling to hear them out. White said that they have already addressed eight allegations thrown at them and they were able to provide evidence that the schools that Zuckerberg and Gates are funding are clean and safe for children. Also, the curriculum they provide is in accordance with the Ugandan curriculum and their teachers are certified educators. Those who are not yet certified are currently undergoing training in preparation for their certification. White explained that they are under heavy fire right now because they’re in direct competition with local state-run schools and private schools. But despite their current predicament, White is hopeful that the schools that Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are funding will rise above this because he believes that they’re helping Uganda’s children look forward to a brighter future. [Image by Jean-Marc Bouju/AP Images] [Featured Image by Eric Risberg/AP Images]

South Africa Population Increases By 3 Million As Government Ineffective In Stopping Violence

As South Africa continues to struggle with farm murders, white genocide, a weakening economy and attacks against immigrants, the population of the country increased by three million since 2011. The state with the highest population is Gauteng while the Northern Cape is the least populated with 1.9 million. Times Live reported that the population of South Africa had increased by three million since the census was taken in 2011. Gauteng was followed by KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. The number of households increased from 14.5 to 16.9 million with 58.7 percent of households headed by males. South Africa’s white population is shrinking – https://t.co/Bi0C4kNaEV via BusinessTechSA — MyBroadband (@mybroadband) July 1, 2016 The burgeoning population isn’t the only problem that South Africa has. News 24 reported that South Africa is racing to nowhere. According to the reader, who is a South African expat living in Canada, South Africa is race obsessed, and South Africans waste a lot of time arguing over what racism is and then defending racism. Canada is fast becoming a diverse nation with a mixture of Asian, African and European peoples with indigenous people mixed in. The laws of Canada apply to all, and the reader’s point was that learning to blend together is how a country builds a nation, something the reader believed that South African needed to learn. As previously reported in Inquisitr, the South African government, led by the African National Congress, is continuing to point to apartheid as the reason that South Africa continues to fail. Apartheid ended in 1994, and the post apartheid inequality has led to many whites in South Africa living in squatter camps because the job market has largely been closed to whites. Black economic empowerment (BEE), a policy of giving preference to blacks in the job market, has contributed to whites being closed out of the job market. Gauteng remains South Africa’s most populous province and the Northern Cape is the least populated. #CommunitySurvey pic.twitter.com/AoF8Ey3plN — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) July 1, 2016 The Seeker reported that corruption in South Africa is a also a problem. While the country continues to flounder, President Jacob Zuma has spent millions of dollars on luxurious expenses. His critics consider him to be one of the most corrupt politicians in the world. One quarter of South Africa is unemployed while South Africa has one of the worst economies in the world. While South Africans continue to struggle, Zuma has spent $20 million in state funds in order to upgrade his homes. In May a parliamentary inquiry revealed that the South African government had spent over $500,000 on vehicles for Zuma’s four wives. The vehicles included an Audi and Range Rover. Food security: Despite enough food being produced in South Africa, about a quarter of the population may be in… https://t.co/BEbPJ6I2P2 — Monte OZ #AFRIMA3.0 (@MonteOzAfrica) June 21, 2016 Corruption also dominates the private sector as companies regularly represent themselves as being racially diverse in order to take advantage of funds available for being in compliance with BEE. Although there are many laws on the books to stop corruption, it is hard to root out because it often involves high ranking officials. Bloomberg reported that South African President Zuma is likely to finish serving out his term in spite of the fact that he has been embroiled in multiple scandals. The last time the party removed a leader was in 2008, and it hurt the ANC. Zuma’s leadership in South Africa has led to multiple problems including a violent riot recently in Pretoria where five people were killed. Bheki Ntshalintshali, the general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), spoke about the conditions of South Africa and criticized the ANC’s plan to implement National Development Plan, which he said didn’t go far enough in protecting workers’ rights. A change in leadership, he said, would only hurt South Africa. Sixty two percent of South Africa’s national assembly are held by members of the ANC. So far they have warded off the removal of Zuma from office. Shortages in housing, electricity and other basic services may undermine the support of the ANC. In addition, South Africa is currently fighting to protect its credit rating for investment. [Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

Gambia 2016 Election Live Results: How To Find Up-To-Date Totals From Thursday's Controversial Vote

The Ghana 2016 presidential election is set to begin, and those looking for live results of Thursday’s voting will be left with few options as the president led a controversial decision to cut off communications with the outside world. Voting will take place on December 1, and live results can be found at a few different sources (links to live election results can be found below). But these results could likely be disrupted with the nation’s communications streams shut down. This appears to be a historic election in the Western African nation. After surging to power in bloodless coup in 1994, president Yahya Jammeh seems to be headed out of power as challenger Adama Barrow has surged to a lead in pre-election polls. As The Guardian reported, a widespread economic crisis and high unemployment have energized younger voters to oust Jammeh from power. On the eve of #Gambia's momentous election: "This is a do-or-die situation. We cannot live in this hell forever." https://t.co/nQHT4OYtqV — Jeffrey Smith (@Smith_JeffreyT) November 30, 2016 Those looking for Gambia 2016 election live results may find some difficulty connecting with the outside world. The nation’s government “switched off its telecommunication gateway from the outside world” ahead of Thursday’s election, Freedom Newspaper reported. The report noted that Gamtel turned off its international call gateway, leaving those in other countries unable to reach relatives in Gambia. The newspaper, a partisan outlet that referred to the president as “Gambia’s unhinged dictator Yahya Jammeh,” claimed that the plan to turn off communications was part of a greater plot to rig the presidential election. “The intercepted circular spelt out a game plan designed by the dictator to keep Gambians both at home and abroad from reporting happenings on elections day. Our trusted and dependable sources at Gamtel have alerted us about Jammeh’s plans to rig the polls and cover up the atrocities he intends to wage against the opposition.” That means that those looking for live results from the 2016 Gambia election could find difficulty, but international organizations are putting pressure on Gambia to reverse its decision to cut off communications. A coalition of internet freedom advocacy groups wrote an open letter condemning the decision to throttle Gambia’s internet, calling on the president to keep lines of communication open during the election. “We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet during the forthcoming elections in Gambia on December 1. Elections represent the most critical moment in a democracy, and the internet enables free expression and the fulfillment of all human rights. “However, we have received unconfirmed reports through a variety of sources that your government intends to shut down the internet. We implore you to keep the internet on.“ While it’s not clear whether there is any truth to the reports of election interference, Jammeh has sparked international controversy in the past for his actions while in office. Back in 2013, he said during an address to the United Nations General Assembly that gays were a threat to human existence and criticized other countries for equating homouality with human rights. “Those who promote homouality want to put an end to human existence. It is becoming an epidemic and we Muslims and Africans will fight to end this behavior,” he said (via Reuters). “Homouality in all its forms and manifestations which, though very evil, anti-human as well as anti-Allah, is being promoted as a human right by some powers,” he added. My TV piece on #Gambia: BBC News – #Gambia election: President Yahya Jammeh 'will never pardon' opposition https://t.co/CJTjkJqOEK — Umaru Fofana (@UmaruFofana) November 29, 2016 Yahya Jammeh has gotten into trouble for other comments, including claims in 2007 that he found a remedy of boiled herbs that could cure AIDS. In 2008, he reportedly told gays and lesbians to leave the country or face beheading. Jammeh has also faced accusation of election interference in the past, including reports that voters were intimidated and others turned away from polling stations in 2011. Those looking for live results of the 2016 Gambia election can find voting totals at Election Guide. More election coverage and live results can be found at Jollof News. [Featured Image by Jerome Delay/AP Images]

Violent Crime In South Africa Brings High Cost While Creating A Culture of Fear

Violent crime in South Africa has become an increasing problem as farming in the country has become one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Gangs, xenophobia and riots have contributed to the problem, and South Africa has become the 19th most violent country in the world and the 10th most dangerous. Business Tech reported that the latest Global Peace Index, which is by the compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), showed that crime in the country costs about 19 percent of the GDP. Currently the GDP is around $350 billion. In real numbers this means that in 2015, the cost of crime was about $66.7 billion (R989 billion). Crime across the world is up, and it amounts to about $13.6 trillion in costs. Ranked number 33 in 2015, this is bad news for a country rocked by scandal and a deteriorating economy. Three suspects arrested for murder, house robbery and hijacking https://t.co/lCQwmT8cmr via @SATodayNews #Crime #SouthAfrica — South Africa Today (@SATodayNews) June 29, 2016 As previously reported in Inquisitr, President Jacob Zuma believes that the solution to crime in the country is to turn it into a gun free state. The president, who fought against the previous apartheid government, is famous for singing, Umshini Wami, or ‘bring me my machine gun.’ Currently the head of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), Zuma was part of the ANC during apartheid when they smuggled between 60 and 100 tons of weapons into the country. Zuma was seeking the measure for the purpose of reducing violence against police officeers. @AFP South Africa Crime»”@nomsa_maseko: #TshwaneUnrest Truck still on fire & guy is already stripping it for parts. pic.twitter.com/9iBSMGmFtk” — Ayesha Ranchod (@AyeshaR_786) June 21, 2016 amaBunghane reported that the crime in South Africa has inspired a culture of fear. June 26th marked the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. As the ANC continues to implode and has ineffectively dealt with the issue of crime, one example of the crime problems revolves a South Durban housing complex where violence has exploded and crime has increased. The constant interference of police, combined with an inability to obtain any murder convictions and 14 reports of police torture in this are in Durban has only increased the friction. At the center of the controversy is the Glebelands Hostel, a place previously used to house migrant workers during apartheid. While police claim the problem lies with the residents and the community, hostel residents claim police have used torture to try and stop the violence. Although torture was outlawed in the South African Constitution in 1996, it wasn’t until 2013 that it was again codified into law with the passage of the Prevention of Combating and Torture of Persons Act. Crime Documentary – Gangs Of Cape Town South Africa Crime Do… #Travel #Video https://t.co/ixKFxGjmjh pic.twitter.com/GmjF0nccWm — Travel Documentaries (@DFLIX_Travel) May 8, 2016 My Broadband reported that crime is affecting every level of South African society. Many citizens are forced to live behind high walls to protect themselves, as well as implementing extreme measures to limit their chances of becoming victims of crime. Businesses are struggling with shoplifting, as well as robbery, and it’s not just limited to their customers either. Employees are also engaging in theft, compounding the problem. Many electronics stores are now having to employ full time security guards to prevent further theft. Many electronic items are kept under lock and key, and they often aren’t available to the customer until payment has been made. While the time to select and buy an electronic item for the average person might take just two minutes, the average time to make a purchase because of all the security often takes at least 16 minutes. Another element of violent crime in South Africa involves corruption within the police forces. A police officer was recently convicted of selling guns to gang members in Cape Town. News 24 reported that an ex police officer was given 18 years for reselling guns to gang members. Chris Prinsloo, 55, entered a plea with the state and was sentenced on 11 charges that included racketeering and theft. [Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images]