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UN AND AFRICA: Women held for spouses’ crimes in South Sudan

18 Dec 2014

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Prisoners in Nyang Prison, South Sudan. (UNifeed video capture)

• Women are being jailed in South Sudan while their husbands are being tracked down for alleged crimes, according to UN experts. They say this is just one of the challenges facing the country’s criminal justice system. A human rights team from the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) has launched an investigation to determine how to improve justice for the South Sudanese people.

South Africa faces economic challenges in its 20 years  of democracy

Residents in the dark in Johannesburg’s inner-city. © Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

• The regular interruptions to electricity supplies in South Africa, known as load-shedding, are symptomatic of the economic challenges the country faces, according to the International Monetary Fund. The agency says that as South Africa celebrates significant progress in its 20 years of democracy it is facing the task of reviving a weak economy. The IMF has just released a report on the most developed economy in Africa in which it warns that the country needs to address the structural problems that are stifling the economy.

New diagnostic tests for Ebola expected in coming months

Dr Ketan Patel extracts genetic material from a blood sample. WHO/P. Desloovere

• Improved diagnostic tests for Ebola will be available in the coming months, according to an official of the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease has killed over 6,000 people mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa. A meeting has been held in Geneva as part of the efforts to improve diagnostic tests for the deadly virus.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit
Duration: 10’00″