: African press review 17 November 2015

We start with interesting reflections in the South African press about last Friday’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people injuring 350 more.

Mail and Guardian argues that the suicide attacks are likely to become a boon for Islamophobes not just in France but in Europe. According to the newspaper opponents to migration who had been waiting for an opportunity to close borders would capitalize on the fact that at least one of the men who carried out the Paris attacks was registered as a Syrian asylum seeker in Greece.

Mail and Guardian explains that France, which reluctantly accepted to take in a tiny 24,000 Syrian refugees over two years is likely to tighten its borders further.

As it observed, even before the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January, the Council of Europe, a human rights group, had warned that France was becoming more intolerant towards minority groups, including Muslims, citing the ban of the Burka or Islamic veil in public places, which officials see as an attack on freedom.

Mail and Guardian also recalled the riots involving many Muslim youths in Paris a decade ago were driven by socio-economic injustice and racial segregation, and not by a thirst for jihad, Sharia or a global Islamic state. These uprisings were a call for the national ideals of freedom, equality and fraternity to apply to them, too, according to the Johannesburg-based publication.

Prominent dignitaries in Africa will be dying of laughter after the fuss being made in South Africa, about a principal who owns the security company protecting his school.

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The Star reports that Rajantheran Naidoo who heads the Southview high school in the Johannesburg suburb of Lenasia is the sole director of Barn Security Services cc. He paid R14 000 Rand per month to guard the college since the beginning of 2012. According to the newspaper, to date, nearly R500,000 has been paid for services provided by the company.

The Star notes that under the Public Administration Management Act public servants are prohibited from conducting business with the state or being the director of a public or private company that works for the state.

The Gauteng Education Department is said to spend 10 million Rand a year on forensic investigations which implicated 29 principals in wrongdoing through the report, according to the Johannesburg-based newspaper.

And in Kenya, Standard Digital takes up the case of a Mombasa court which has ordered a woman who separated from her husband of 12 years to marry another man to return to the first marriage.

But the court has also forbidden the couple from sleeping together for some time, until it can be ascertained she had not conceived in the second marriage, which the court dissolved.

As Standard Digital says, the landmark proceedings before Mombasa Principal Kadhi had attracted immense attention among local Muslims and non-Muslims who were eager to know the outcome. The woman has since filed an appeal seeking to overturn the ruling of the Islamic court.

Source: rfi afrique