Human rights

Child law centre loses SCA bid

 01 Oct 2018

Media houses may continue to name children involved in criminal cases after they turn 18 and “become adults”, whether they be victims, witnesses or offenders, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled.

However, while the court turned down the Centre for Child Law’s (CCL) bid to extend identity protection beyond the age of 18 – it has granted protection to child victims of crime and child witnesses.

SA Reserve Bank and risk of inflation exceeding 6%

Oct 03 2018

The risk that South African inflation will overshoot the 6% upper limit of the Reserve Bank’s target should not be underestimated given the volatile global environment, Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele said.

An extended and sizable deviation in price growth from 4.5% “would raise the risks of medium-term inflation expectations drifting back to, if not above, the top end of the range,” Mminele said in a copy of a speech posted on the central bank’s website.

Blow to the consumers as fuel price hits historic high.

Organisations marches gangsterism

2018-10-03

A new civic organisation that seeks to unite the people of the Western Cape against gangsterism, drugs and violence against women and children is expected to march to Parliament on Wednesday morning.

In a statement by Cosatu, the trade union federation said the Western Cape United Safety Front formation was formed based on the need to co-ordinate activities that would lead to the addressing of crime and gangsterism in communities.

What the UN's first TB declaration should have said

It's finally here. After months of negotiations, at least one international spat and what we are sure are countless of track changes later the world finally has its first United Nations declaration on TB.

Heads of state, including our own President Cyril Ramaphosa, will ratify the declaration this week at the UN's first high-level meeting on TB in its 73-year history.

And boy, has TB bided its time. TB is single deadliest infectious disease today, World Health Organisation figures show.

Africa’s debt to China is complicated

President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans this week that the government was not in the habit of “handing over the assets of our country to other nations [or] to other entities outside of our country”.

The state “has not sold the soul of South Africa to the highest bidder”, he promised, in reply to a question in the National Council of Provinces about the details of a R33-billion loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to embattled power utility Eskom.

Punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday allowing punitive sanctions on foreigners who interfere in US elections, two years after Russia allegedly meddled on his behalf in the presidential campaign.

The order sets up a formal process to put financial penalties and blocks both on actors seen trying to hack into voting systems and those spreading disinformation through media and online - both of which took place in the 2016 election.

To read the article titled "Trump signs order permitting sanctions for foreign election meddling" click here 

A $50 billion fight about who owns the SA Reserve Bank

SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has a fight on his hands to protect the central bank’s $50.5bn (about R741bn) of reserves.

More than eight months after the ANC decided that the SARB should be state-owned, like most other central banks, the governor said his main concern remains to protect the regulator’s independence and mandate.

But also at risk may be billions of dollars in reserves and a legal brawl that could last for years.

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