By Panashe Chigumadzi (@panashechig)
A round up of some of the biggest new making headlines in the last week.
1. Zuma speaks out against missing girls
At a press conference on Monday President Jacob Zuma has called on the African Union to bring stability to the continent, stating that he worried about the activities of armed rebels, in light of the recent kidnapping of Nigerian girls and the Kenya bombings.
According to SAPA, Zuma said the AU’s Standby Force needs capacity, and South Africa is looking forward to the next African Union Peace and Security Council to discuss the security situation on the continent.
It has been more than a month since the more than 300 girls were abducted on April 15 from their school in Chibok. Fifty-three have since escaped and 276 remain captive.
2. Twin bomb blasts hit Kenya
A succsesision of bomb blasts killed at least 10 people in Nairobi, Kenya last week Friday. The attacks were blamed on militant group, Al-Shabab. In recent years, there have been a number of attacks by the group, claiming to be retaliating for Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia since 2011.
The blasts took place at Gikomba Market, one of the biggest second-hand clothes market in East and Central Africa, where clothes were littered all over the scene where the first improvised explosive device. The second bomb went off in a public service vehicle full of passengers within minutes of the first blast.
Kenya had criticised the warnings, saying the tourism industry would be affected. British tourists were evacuated from Mombasa amid warnings of an attack. Meanwhile Kenyans have expressed their frustration at the worsening insecurity.
3. Beyonce and Jay Z announce the ‘Run’ Tour
On Saturday, JayZ and Beyonce released an almost four-minute trailer to their tour, titled ‘On The Run’. The 16-city tour will kick off on the 25th June in Miami and will be the first time the couple tour together, as a joint production between Jay Z’s Roc Nation and Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas (who has worked with Beyonce on a number of her music videos), the star-studded mini-movie features cameos from actors such as Blake Lively, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, “Scandal” actor Guillermo Dìaz, Emmy Rossum, and sisters Rashida and Kidada Jones.
This comes after last week’s Met Ball elevator drama. The Knowles-Carter family have since released a statement which says in part, “Families have problems…We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
4. Kelly Rowland quietly weds her fiance
We found out this week that Kelly Rowland ‘secretly’ said “I do” to her manager Tim Witherspoon on the 9th May in Costa Rica. The “quick, small wedding” was attended by just 30 people. Beyonce and Solange attended the wedding after the Met Gala drama on 5th May, sans Jay-Z. Other guests included Michelle Williams, Tina Knowles and Carmelo and Lala Anthony.
5. Zille continues attacks on Mazibuko and the media
According to the Sunday Times, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille launched a scathing attack against the party’s former parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko at a federal executive meeting on Friday claiming she “made” her and that she has “saved” her on many occasions.
The backlash to this saw the hashtag #thingshellenmade trend on Sunday evening in backlash.Zille disputed the leaks from the meeting as a “concoction of lies” and called for meetings with editors of Business Day and Sunday Times, which has drawn fierce debate on double standards on media interference by political parties.
Meanwhile Mazibuko has chosen to remain mum.