The following are news highlights in South African major news outlets on Thursday.

— A South African court ruled on Wednesday that the detention of Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang over 2 billion U.S. dollars of fraudulent loans was legal.

Lawyers for Chang, who was arrested in South Africa on December 29, argued in court that his detention was illegal because a request for extradition had not yet been received. (Independent Online)

— As riot police took up position outside the electoral commission headquarters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu urged the commission to speedily release the result of the presidential vote to maintain stability.

The DRC is awaiting delayed results from last month’s poll, which is meant to lead to the Central African country’s first democratic transfer of power. (Eyewitness News)

— African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that unity within the party is gradually improving but admits that it has not been smooth-sailing.

Ramaphosa was speaking after he delivered his January 8th statement – which is part of the ANC’s 107th anniversary celebrations in Inanda, north of Durban.(South African Broadcasting Corporation) Enditem


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