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Latest update : 2018-03-20

South Africa ordered to pay $15 million over death of 144 patients

In tonight's edition: the South African state is ordered to pay $15 million over the death of 144 mentally ill patients; a controversial referendum on constitutional reforms in Burundi is set for May 17; and the drought in the Western Cape has hit businesses too, including the world-renowned wine industry.

South African health authorities are ordered to pay $15 million in compensation to the families of mental health patients who died of negligence after being sent to what judges branded "death traps".

Also, in Burundi, a presidential decree sets the date for the controversial referendum on a possible change to the constitution. If President Pierre Nkurunziza wins, he'll be able to stand for two more seven-year mandates after 2020.

And the three-year-long drought in the Western Cape has not just affected families, but businesses too, including the region's world-renowned wine industry.

By Mary COLOMBEL , Georja CALVIN-SMITH

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2018-10-23 EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa vows to recover 'looted cash' in VBS bank collapse scandal

South Africa vows to recover around 110 million euros worth of cash allegedly looted by executives and politicians from the collapsed VBS bank.Cameroonians are hoping that the...

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2018-10-22 EYE ON AFRICA

Cameroon's Paul Biya wins seventh term in poll marred by low turnout

Cameroon's President Paul Biya is set for another seven-year term as his election victory is confirmed by the constitutional court. His rivals still question the transparency of...

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2018-10-19 EYE ON AFRICA

Cameroon elections: Constitutional court rejects last petition for re-run

Cameroon's Constitutional Council rebuffs the last of 18 petitions calling for a re-run of the October 7 presidential elections. Also, calm returns on the Comoros' Anjouan island...

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2018-10-19 EYE ON AFRICA

Cameroon's constitutional court hears post-election litigation

Two of three petitions to Cameroon's constitutional court calling for the October 7 elections to be scrapped are rejected. Results from the polls themselves are still not in....

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2018-10-17 EYE ON AFRICA

Global competitiveness report ranks African countries

The World Economic Forum has released its competitiveness report for this year and African countries have a long way to go. The top-ranked is Mauritius at 49 and Chad is right at...

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