Slain detective Charl Kinnear was on the trail of ‘Gauteng mafia’

A team dispatched to Cape Town by Police Minister Bheki Cele is investigating who in the South African Police Service (SAPS) gave the order to remove protection from the home of assassinated Anti-Gang Unit section head Charl Kinnear. Kinnear, who was investigating a nationwide gun licensing racket involving SAPS officials and gang leaders and members, was closing in on the “Gauteng mafia” and its illicit gold and diamond dealings. (Editor’s note: In 2014 Israeli police uncovered a diamond trafficking operation that operated from Israel and South Africa, highly likely connected to the Gauteng mafia.)

Uganda Sets Registration Deadline for Social Media Users

Bloggers and social media users with a large following are among those that will have to register with the Ugandan Communication Commission for monitoring before October 5, 2020, according to the organisation’s public notice. The regulating of communication services is intended to “promote and safeguard the interest of consumers, operators, viewers and listeners,” according to the notice. Some have criticized this new development, saying it seeks to silence the media as the country gears up for the 2021 elections.

Mass Exam Failure in Somalia Stirs up a Storm

Somali education policymakers are under pressure to explain how secondary schools in the capital city Mogadishu reported a massive failure rate in the national examinations, while those in regions bordering Kenya had a high pass rate. The city’s Governor, Omar Mohamud Mohamed, has blamed the poor results on the excessive use of tobacco and other drugs.

Kenyan Governors Declare War on Top Media House for Graft Stories

The Council of Governors has allegedly threatened to pull adverts from the Nation Media Group following its sustained exposure of corruption in the counties, sparking outrage, with Media Council of Kenya, the Media Owners Association and the Kenya Editors Guild condemning this as a serious threat against the independence of the media. The Media Council of Kenya has said the move by the governors “is meant to intimidate and bully East Africa’s largest media house into submission, and by extension ensure alignment with their agenda by other media houses.”

Sudan Declares Economic Emergency as Currency Plunges

The Sudanese government has reactivated an economic state of emergency. In a press briefing, Finance Minister Dr Hiba Ahmed Ali said that the “insane” rise in price of the US dollar against the local currency was due to sabotage. Local news outlet Radio Dabanga reports that economic analysts attribute the Sudanese Pound’s devaluation to the lack of foreign exchange resources, and capital migration, as well as smuggling, speculation, and the increase in import needs.