Human rights

Birth Certificate Scam

Three Home Affairs officials and four other people have been charged with fraud, contravention of the Immigration Act and Identification Act in connection with a fraudulent birth certificates.

The seven were arrested by Hawks from the Durban Commercial Crime Unit with the Home Affairs Counter Corruption Team.
In a statement the Hawks said the Home Affairs Counter Corruption Team discovered that there were some irregularities in the issuing of late birth certificates at Mzimkhulu, Bulwer and Ulundi Home Affairs offices.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

New HIV Policy for Schools Does Not Go Far Enough

The DBE’s new National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB in the basic education sector allows learners access to condoms and contraceptives, a development that has been lauded widely since its launch at the 8th SA AIDS Conference which took place in Durban from 13 to 15 June.

However, somewhat confusingly, the policy describes access to condoms as “dependent only on age of consent, inquiry and need”, while information on condom use will be facilitated for learners over the age of 12.

No Shelter for KZN Storm Victims

Families that were affected by the torrential rains in the Ugu district on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, have called on the government to provide them with temporary shelters.

Nearly 30 homes were destroyed by heavy rains and strong winds that ripped off the roofs of homes at the weekend.

Chairperson of the Infrastructure in the Umdoni Municipal Council, Bonginkosi Mngadi says they have evacuated a number of people.

Hunger, Malnutrition and Death

Repeated rain failures have pushed 15 million people across the three countries into crisis, and in need of aid, as their animals are dying and water is in short supply, Save the Children said in a statement.

"The situation for already desperate children and families in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will only get worse – leaving millions at risk of hunger, and even death," the charity's Ethiopia country director, John Graham, said.

The next rainy season is likely to bring more below-average rainfall across the region, experts predict.

Support for Shiraaz Mohamed

A number of demonstrations have been held in Syria in solidarity with kidnapped South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed.

The thirty-eight year old Mohamed was captured while on assignment with aid organisation Gift of the Givers last week, while returning to the Turkish border.

No group has claimed responsibility for his kidnapping and no ransom demands have been made.

Patient's Hospital Ordeal

A Pinetown resident whose right arm was slashed in an attempted hijacking last month now fears losing the use of his limb after he says indifferent hospital staff left the wound open for hours on end.
Riaan van der Westhuizen, 31, also says that he lay unattended in the casualty ward unit of RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth before his heart stopped.

Only when his wife started CPR did her frantic screams gain the attention of medical staff, who rushed him into theatre.

Another Bullying Video from Stellenbosch School

Parents and residents of Idas Valley protested at Lückhoff High School in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, on Tuesday after a second bullying video came to light, Netwerk24 reported.

The video was shared on social media just days after a video surfaced which showed a girl being assaulted at the school. Instead of intervening, her school mates had taken a video of the attack.

In the second video, the attacker was also a girl. Some pupils tried to stop the fight.


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