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AFRICA NOW: Zuma to be Prosecuted for Corruption

Since being ousted from office last month, former South African President Jacob Zuma faces even more bad news.

According to the New York Times, last Friday national prosecutors announced they would reinstate corruption charges against Zuma that had been following the former president for over a decade, including a 1990s case related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal that involved the modernization of South Africa’s military after apartheid.

In the announcement, Shaun Abrahams, South Africa’s chief prosecutor, said there were “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution” of Zuma.

Though Zuma was originally indicted in 2007 on 18 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering, he successfully resurrected his bid for the presidency after the chief prosecutor dropped the charges against him in 2009, accusing his own officials of political interference.

But in 2016, South Africa’s High Court ruled the prosecutor’s decision to set aside the charges was “irrational,” a ruling upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

African Migrants Face Turmoil for Doing Natural Hair

In Tennessee, legislation has been passed to fine all hair stylists performing natural hair styling and braiding techniques without proper license.

Some stylists aim to overturn the law, arguing that most of these braiders come from various parts of Africa, where such hair styles and braiding techniques are customary.

One Tennessee resident, Fatou Diouf, was charged with $16,000 in fines for hiring unlicensed workers in her licensed shop, Forbes reported.

“Hair braiding is cultural back home. It’s a skill possessed by many,” said Fatou, adding that such experience made the arduous and expensive classes required for a license feel like a “waste of time” for many.

Tennessee currently requires “natural hair stylists” to complete at least 300 hours of coursework, time that many say they can’t spare, alongside tuition fees that run as high as $5,000.

Legislation to counteract the law is currently being floated.

Ghana Oil Production Could Buoy Economy

Ghana is on the cusp of an “oil boom,” experts predict.

“This will primarily be driven by rising oil prices, expanding production and new deals which are likely to come online in the coming six months,” said Imad Mesdoua, senior consultant for Africa at Control Risks, CNBC reported.

Earlier this month, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said the country’s economy was projected to grow by 8.3 percent in 2018, above the 6.8 percent initially estimated in its annual budget.

In the U.K., Tullow Oil and Italy’s Eni have both expanded their operations in the former British colony in recent years.

Tullow started a multiyear drilling program on TEN, its second field in Ghana, in February, having pumped its first oil from the site in 2016. Eni, meanwhile, began production on its Sankofa field in mid-2017.

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Lauren M. Poteat

Lauren Poteat is a versatile writer with a strong background in communications and media experience with an additional background in education and development.

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