n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Editorial

Volume 9, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


As 2014 comes to a close, it is our usual tradition to recap on events across the African continent, and especially in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Again the continent has witnessed sociopolitical developments, both good and bad. The political landscape is outlined along four lines: starting with deaths of notable individuals - first, being that of President Michael "King Cobra" Sata of Zambia, and then Senzo Meyiwa, the South African football captain who was murdered in a bungled burglary attempt. While the former case of a president dying in office is not particularly new, the latter incident does raise questions about gun laws in South Africa. This is especially the case considering the recent high-profile trial of another South African athlete, Oscar "The Blade Runner" Pistorious, who was recently convicted of "culpable homicide" or manslaughter over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steemkamp. However, with live coverage of the court proceedings and trial on international media outlets such as CNN, there is hope that SSA has joined the international community in showcasing an arguable level of transparency in the judicial system of the continent.

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