South Africa

High Court Dismisses Abahlali Basejondolo Case

Judge President Justice Vuka Tshabalala, has dismissed an application by Abahlali Basejondolo in a case concerning the constitutionality of the Slums Act in the Durban High Court last week.

Abahlali Basejondolo argued that the Slums Act is in conflict with the provisions of the Housing Act and the Prevention of the Illegal Eviction Act. It argued that the Slums Act is unconstitutional as it purports to regulate eviction, land tenure and access to land matters, which fall outside the legislative competence of the provincial government.

CGE to Investigate Sexwale Over Witchcraft Remarks

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is investigating African National Congress national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale, for his alleged derogatory statements.

CGE chairperson, Nomboniso Gasa says, “If Mr Sexwale indeed said that, we call on him to retract or apologise for the statements.” Gasa has described the statements as “irresponsible and regrettable”.

AfriForum Criticises ANC Over Rector Appointment

AfriForum has accused the African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State of forcing the University of the Free State (UFS) into appointing a party loyalist as new Rector.

AfriForum CEO, Kallie Kriel, has also criticised the disapproval voiced by the ANC spokesperson in that province, Teboho Sikisi, about the shortlist of five candidates and his demand that the so-called "progressive black academic" should be appointed.

African Sex Worker Conference Gets Underway in Johannesburg

Sex workers from all around Africa are planning to gather this week at an African Sex Worker Conference, which is aimed at exploring ways to enhance their capacity to defend their human rights.

Organisers say the conference will deal with issues of law and law enforcement including how to decrease the number of arbitrary arrests; how to get legal recourse for police brutality and state-sanctioned violence; and how to advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.

IEC Calls for Political Tolerance

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has called for calm following the shooting of three people inNongoma.

IEC chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula says, “We are obviously concerned because it is going to be very difficult for us to conduct free and fair elections in an atmosphere where there is violence and a lack of political tolerance.”

The electoral code of conduct only comes into effect after the president has announced the election date.

Community-Based Planning and the Integrated Development Planning

Community-Based Planning and the Integrated Development Planning is a resource book for ward committees. The book covers the following questions [1] According to the Constitution and key laws, what is a municipality’s role in planning, and what are communities rights in relation to planning [2] What is Integrated Development Planning? [3] What is Community-Based Planning, and how does it link to the IDP? [4] What are the roles in the CBP/IDP processes? [5] What is required to make this community-based planning process work?

Economic Recession, NGOs Affected

Economists have warned that nonprofit organisations that rely on corporate funding will need to brace themselves for a reduction in cash over the next two years at least.

Economist, Tony Twine, points out that this is because larger companies usually donate a percentage of their after-tax profit to corporate social investment which assists in development in the country.

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