The main health workers union of South Africa plans to challenge the government in court on Tuesday over shortages of protective gear for frontline staff where the country has 1,749 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths.
South Africa needs to escalate its response dramatically to curb the spread of infection, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation. Other African countries are also closing borders and considering emergency aid to combat the virus.
In the face of the pandemic, nations have closed borders, shuttered schools, cancelled religious festivals and sporting events to minimise the risk of transmission.
The union has experienced some success in mediating conflict but it has fallen short of its stated aims.
The election will be the first under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who took office in April 2018.
President Muhammadu Buhari met his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa and stressed the importance of avoiding a repeat of attacks against foreigners that occurred in the country.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says two of the victims were foreigners who were killed during a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores followed by apparent reprisal attacks in Nigeria.
Both countries step up security as deadly attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg spark reprisals against South African businesses in Nigerian cities.
Country hit by new wave of violence targeting foreign nationals and their businesses.
Mozambique's president and the leader of the country's main opposition group signed a new peace accord Tuesday, pledging to end years of violence and facilitate elections in the fall.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cut cabinet ministers from 36 to 28 to tackle "bloated" government and improve efficiency while appointing more women in cabinet to achieve gender diversity.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration followed his ruling African National Congress party's 57.5 percent victory in this month's election.
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