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Four Days Left for Zim Immigrants to Register

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents. In a press statement, home affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, points out that, "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet."

Zuma Urges South Africans to Fight Poverty

President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to stand up and fight poverty.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the Day of Goodwill at Mpendle in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, Zuma urged communities to form themselves into the groups and be part of government's poverty alleviation programmes.

The president called on people to stand up and cultivate the land, adding that funds are available to help organised groups who want to start projects to uplift themselves.

SANEF Shocked at Zuma’s Zapiro Lawsuit

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) says it is shocked by President Jacob Zuma's decision to sue Avusa Media for R5 million for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon.

SANEF says it is surprising that the president waited more than two years before instituting his complaint on the grounds that in one instance he had been humiliated and degraded by the cartoon and in another instance that his reputation had been damaged.

Gender-Based Violence Worries NGO

Gender Links has called on government to declare a state of emergency in the fight to end gender-based violence GBV).

The organisation says countless research studies now show that the problem is overwhelming and the response is insufficient, especially when measured against the target of halving gender violence by 2015 in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.

NGOs Call on Mubarak to Dissolve Parliament

Three Egyptian NGOs have called President Hosny Mubarak, to dissolve the newly- elected parliament because of ‘alleged election fraud’.

The Independent Coalition for Elections' Observation released video footage of what it says was bribery, ballot cards being forged and violence at different polling stations across the country.

One of the videos, taken by members of the NGOs, purports to show a 12-year-old boy casting a ballot, while another shows a five-year- old who was allegedly shot in his feet near a polling station in southern Egypt.

Odinga’s Homophobic Comments Slammed

Gay rights activists in Kenya have condemned Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, for saying that anyone engaging in homosexual activities should be arrested.

Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya’s Solomon Wambua has been quoted as saying that, "We are shocked and in fear."

Wambua argues that arresting homosexuals will further cause stigmatisation, which will stop people attending clinics, getting health check-ups and accessing antiretroviral drugs if they need them.

Child Rights NGOs Challenge Laws on Sex

The Teddy Bear Clinic Laws and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN) say laws that make consensual sex between teenagers a crime are unconstitutional.

The Teddy Bear Clinic director, Lizette Schoombie, points out that the case involving the highly publicised Jules High School case in which a 15-year old girl was raped on the school grounds, ‘emphatically demonstrated’ the negative effects of the act for children.

Jordan Criticises ANC Over Secrecy Bill

African National Congress (ANC) veteran, Pallo Jordan, has sharply criticised the party’s plans for a media tribunal and the Protection of Information Bill, saying attempts to muzzle the modern media are a ‘fool’s errand’.

Jordan warns that the party is backing itself into a ‘lose-lose situation’, and it risks losing its credibility as a campaigner for media freedom, and the Bill possibly failing a mooted constitutional challenge.

NGO Highlights SA’s Social Challenges

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) says that poverty, unemployment and inequality continue to hamper the South Africa’s development as a caring, just and interdependent society.

CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, argues that while the country has managed to built schools, hospitals and clinics, it has not been able to direct the resources to these institutions to enable them to function properly and deliver a quality service to the people.


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