Two Kenyan pilots abducted by a South Sudan rebel group have been released after the government and the rebels agreed on an amount of money to be paid as compensation for the duo to be released. The excited pilots arrived at the Wilson airport in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon and were received by members of their families and friends.

South Sudanese rebels have released two Kenyan pilots who were captured more than a month ago after their aircraft crashed.

A rebel spokesman said the Kenyans were freed after an insurance company paid more than $100,000 (£71,620) in compensation for the death of a civilian killed when their plane hit the ground.

Botswana has hanged a man for murdering his girlfriend and her son, the first execution in two years by the only southern African nation not to have abolished the death penalty. Joseph Tselayarona, 28, was executed on Saturday after the 2010 murder of his girlfriend and her three-year-old son, the Botswana Prison Service said. In Botswana, the death sentence is usually issued upon murder under aggravated circumstances and is carried out by hanging.

Ethiopian Minister of Defence, Siraj Fegessa has disclosed that the state of emergency imposed by authorities following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will last six months.

Fegessa told journalists that, “There are still pockets of areas where violence is prevalent. The (ruling EPRDF coalition‘s) council were unanimous in their decision.”

Two aid workers have been killed and a third is missing in the Democratic of Congo (DR Congo).

The two were targeted by "unidentified gunmen" on Saturday, a statement by the United Nations humanitarian office in the capital Kinshasa said.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said victims were both employees of French NGO Hydraulique Sans Frontieres (HYFRO), which provides water.

More than 80 political prisoners have been released by Sudan's government, following a directive from President Omar al-Bashir.

The detainees, among them women, students and journalists, were arrested last month following protests over the high cost of living.

Families and friends, who camped outside prisons, celebrated as the detainees walked free.

South African stocks index rose as much as 5 percent on Thursday, putting the main index on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than three years, on hopes that President Cyril Ramaphosa will quicken the pace of economic growth.

The currency remained on the front-foot, soaring to its firmest since early 2015 in the wake of Jacob Zuma’s exit. Analysts have however warned the rally faces serious obstacles ahead of a budget speech next Wednesday.

Zuma quit late on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to a nine-year tenure punctuated by scandals, stagnant economic growth and policy uncertainty.

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