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South Africa joins train as ‘anti-France’ protests grow in Africa

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There is a new twist to the many recent “anti-France” campaigns in Africa as hundreds of protesters in South Africa marched Wednesday to the French embassy in Pretoria.

The demonstrators, under the aegis of the South African Economic Freedom Fighters party, demanded that France leave Africa.

The protest comes as the continent marked the 59th anniversary of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity.

The spokesperson of the EFF, Leigh-Ann Mathys said the European powerhouse, France still maintains a strong stand in its former colonies despite political independence.

“It’s Africa day, we know that Africa was colonized, there’s only one country on the continent that was not colonized and that is Ethiopia. France still has its dirty little fingers deeply stuck in its former French colonies”

Earlier in the week, in another African country, Gabon the government was forced to stop a protest that was meant to take place Tuesday. The lingering “Anti-France” protest has stretched beyond Gabon and taken to France. In March, protesters disrupted an auction right before a 19th-century carved mask was sold for €4.2 million, despite accusations that it was “stolen goods” in Montpellier in the South of France.

Mali, another African country that until recently has been a strong ally with France has had a toxic relationship with the European so much that Bamako broke defence relations with Paris.

The party leader Julius Malema urged France to exit the economic, political, cultural, and military affairs of the continent:

“French colonialism in the African continent continues to be the most brutal, cruel, and devilish form of colonialism in the African continent, ” he said.

“We, as a generation of Freedom Fighters, reject, and condemn the fact that decades after the declaration of the so-called independence of formerly colonized territories, colonizers continue to maintain a colonial and neo-colonial relationship with African countries which are supposed to be free from colonial control.” Malema said.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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