SJC Demands Justice for Mafevuka

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC says that justice for raped and slain, Sinoxolo Mafevuka, would be the appointment of “qualified‚ competent‚ skilled and experienced South African Police Service (SAPS) personnel” to her case.
In a memorandum to Khayelitsha Cluster Commander Major-General JJ Brand, the organisation states that this would help ensure that the ongoing investigation and gathering of evidence in a manner that will guarantee justice for the 21-year-old.

Govt to Appeal Al-Bashir Ruling in ConCourt

Government will consider a Constitutional Court appeal following its defeat in a Bloemfontein court on 15 March 2016.
Government was appealing a Pretoria High Court ruling which stated that because South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute‚ Al-Bashir should have been arrested when attended the African Union Summit in June.
In the same vein, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh‚ executive director of the Southern African Litigation Centre says that they were delighted that the Supreme Court of Appeal had dismissed the government's appeal.

Call to Protect Children From Abuse

Malawi’s former justice of the Child Justice Court, Esmie Tembenu, has stressed the need for the country to protect children from all forms of abuse.

This comes at a time when some non-governmental organisations expressed worry over the delay to adopt the child protection policy.

Tembenu says there is need to protect children from continued abuse and responding to the abuse by taking a child away from the abusive environment.

SA Schools 'Hotspots' for Corruption – CW

Since July 2015, Corruption Watch has received at least 1 000 reports of corruption across schools, making them the main graft hotspots in the country.
According to the organisation’s annual report released this week, “The corruption hotspots in 2015 are schools, which make up 16 percent of overall reports during the year, followed by traffic and licensing at 12 percent, immigration at six percent and housing and healthcare at five and three percent respectively.”

Youth for Survival's Pledge for Parity

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.

NGO Urged to Keep Girls in School

A primary school head teacher at Chambuluka in Chikwawa district, Malawi, has asked for non-governmental organisations to go to his school and implement activities that will help keep girls in school.

The head teacher, Baton Sande, made the remarks when Nice Trust Chikwawa office organised an interface meeting with the communities.

He said there have been 10 dropouts of girls in the first term as well as the second term which is not yet finished posing a threat that there might be more of dropouts if no tangible measures are put in place.

FODEP Executive Director Resigns

Outgoing Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director, MacDonald Chipenzi, has resigned from his position as spokesperson of the Grand Coalition on the campaign for a new Constitution in Zambia.

Chipenzi, who also quit as the vice-chairperson of the Council of NGOs in Zambia, says despite his resignation, he remains committed to the two causes’ reform of the NGO Act no. 16 of 2009 and campaign for a new people-driven Constitution and enactment of the expanded Bill of Rights.

Malawi Government Angered by NGOs

Malawi government has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of causing problems in the agriculture sector since they roll out projects without consulting relevant sectors.

District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) for Chiradzulu Sheila Kang’ombe says some NGOs do not follow government policies when implementing development projects.

NGO Donates 65 Desks to a School

Bukoba Region based non-governmental organisation, Jambo Bukoba, has donated 65 desks worth 4.2m/- to Nyamiaga Primary School, in Ngara District.

The Jambo Bukoba Manager, Stephen Gonzaga, says the donation was in effort to mitigate the shortage of desks facing the region.

The Kagera Regional Commissioner, John Mongela, commended Jambo Bukoba for the timely intervention by constructing and renovating several classrooms including Kasambya Primary

Lungu’s Proposal Supported by NGOs

Two non-governmental organisations based in Livingstone have welcomed First Lady Esther Lungu’s proposal for the private sector to help set up maternal centres for teenage mothers in the country.

Southern Province coordinator for Poverty Reduction Education Programme, Gift Lwembe, says the idea needs the support of all stakeholders.

Lwembe has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that the proposed teenage maternal centres will improve the lives of young mothers who often lack knowledge and income to support their children.


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