Human rights

Parents and guardians need to take responsibility for what we have become as a society

7 March 2019 

The recent incidents which saw the deaths of musician Thorisho Themane and Matwetwe star Sibusiso Khwinana triggered shock and anger among South Africans.

Some pleaded with the authorities to do more to ensure that we're safer in our communities, while others dared the government to implement harsher sentences on those implicated in the two murders.

Paarl Boys' High probe sparks wave of support for corporal punishment

 

7 March 2019 

A wave of support for corporal punishment in schools followed the Western Cape education department’s confirmation on Thursday that it is investigating Paarl Boys’ High School.

Facebook comments were summed up by Adam Vuropolis, who said: “I prefer reading about this than teachers who are getting sworn at and beaten up. Keep up the good work if this is true.”

2019 Elections Voters abroad have one week left to apply to cast their vote

7 March 2019  

South Africans living abroad who wish to cast their vote in the upcoming May elections have one week to left to apply.

"In terms of the election timetable published last week, registered voters have until 23:59 on March 13, 2019, to apply and notify the chief electoral officer of their intention to vote at one of South Africa's 121 foreign missions," the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

This reminder comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa proclaimed May 8 as the official national election date.
 

Sudanese activists call March 7 protests to honour women

7 March 2019

The Sudanese Professional Association, SPA, have announced the latest protest action it says is in honour of women for their participation in the ongoing ‘uprising.’

The March 7 rallies are a ‘tribute to the women movements’ and are billed to happen at a number of rallying points across the country.

SPA, on Wednesday (March 6) published points from which the protests are to be started. This is the first protest recognizing the role of women in what has been dubbed – the Sudan uprising.

Big polluter Eskom regularly exceeds air pollution limits – damning new report

A new international expert report commissioned by the Life After Coal campaign shows that pollution from nearly all of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants persistently and significantly violates the air pollution limits in its licences.

This is not only illegal, but also means that Eskom is continuously endangering the health and violating the human rights of millions of people affected by this pollution.

The international expert report was based on Eskom’s own monthly reports of the emissions from its coal power plants, which Eskom submitted to authorities.

Testing makes you stronger

Men continue to face multiple barriers when attempting to access HIV testing and prevention services in South Africa; this is according to Dr Jean Bassett, Director of non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre. 

“We don’t think that enough is done to encourage men to access healthcare – it’s our mission to change this,” says Bassett. “We want to engage men in health issues that concern them, encouraging them to take preventative measures against HIV and Aids.”

The Council for Medical Schemes’ Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit is set to focus on South Africa’s multi-billion-rand healthcare challenge

21 February 2019: South Africa: “With increased fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare costing the industry more than R22 billion per year, the need for a partnership-driven approach to tackling this cancerous challenge has now become urgent,” says Dr Sipho Kabane, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS).
 
From 28 February to 1 March 2019, the CMS will host its inaugural Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

DR Congo child soldiers surrender arms and amulets

28 February 2019 

"For me, the war is now over." If words alone carry weight, there are hopes that a brutal conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo may draw to an end.

The words were spoken by Mado, a hard-eyed child fighter all of 12-years-old from the deeply-feared Kamuina Nsapu militia in central Kasai region.

Along with several dozen adults, the young girl marched out of the brush and into the town of Kananga, some 700 kilometres (450 miles) east of Kinshasa, where they surrendered their weapons.
 

 

Ebola medical centre attacked in DRC for 2nd time in week

28 February 2019 
 

The mayor of a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and medical aid group Doctors Without Borders say intruders wreaked havoc at an Ebola treatment centre in the eastern city of Butembo, the second Ebola clinic in the region attacked in a week.

Butembo Mayor Sylvain Kanyamanda said unidentified raiders burned tents and other equipment at the centre on Wednesday.
 

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