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Missing Activist: Hundreds Demand Answers

On 9 March 2016, hundreds rallied in Zimbabwe's capital over the shadowy disappearance of an opposition activist a year ago, as the United State-led calls for a probe into ‘politically-motivated violence’.

Protesters including opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, demanded that President Robert Mugabe release information on how Itai Dzamara, a former journalist and harsh regime critic, was seized by unidentified men.

Rights group, Amnesty International, says Dzamara's disappearance highlights a culture of impunity for human-rights violations in Zimbabwe.

Angola’s Rights Record Under Spotlight

According to Anita Powell, pressure is mounting on Angola, a Southern African Development Community member-state, over its human rights record.
 
The European Parliament recently weighed in on what activists say is a deteriorating human rights situation and is demanding the immediate release of dissidents who they say were arrested for political reasons.
 

Police Not Making Progress on Missing Activist

Rights lawyers say police in Zimbabwe claim they have no new information on the fate of missing activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted more than six weeks ago.

In a press statement, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights states that police say “doors are open for any eventualities,” which is critical of what it sees as the force's failure to provide real details of their investigations so far.

Zimbabwe police insist in a report submitted to the high court in Harare that it they are pursuing all possible avenues in trying to find the 35-year activist.

Activist Fears for His Life

Cape Town based Ses'khona Movement leader, Andile Lili, says he fears for his life following a shooting incident outside his home in Makhaza on the Cape Flats in November 2014.
 
Lili was speaking on the side-lines of a service delivery march to the Western Cape provincial legislature.
 
He was shot several times by unknown people and spent time in a critical condition in hospital.
 

Activists Condemn Land Given to Chinese

A group of youth activists condemned the Namibian government's intention to approve the lease of 10 000 hectares of fertile land to a Chinese company wanting to grow tobacco for export.

Group leader, Job Amupanda, argues that, "It is our submission that to allocate more land for tobacco than is allocated for food production is a deviation from the policy direction taken by the Namibian government through its Agriculture Ministry, which leans towards eradicating limitations to Namibia's capacity to provide food security and adequate levels of nutrition."

SA Urged to Switch to Renewable Energy

Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists have unfurled a banner at the 2nd Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2015 in Sea Point which read ‘nuclear investments cost the Earth’.
The banner hung for a short while in the hotel foyer where delegates were registering for the congress, until hotel security asked activists, perched on a ledge above it, to come down.

Greenpeace’s Melita Steele, says that their intention have been to ‘communicate directly with the congress delegates, which we did, so we came down’.

Activism Key to SA Democracy – Heywood

SECTION27, a non-governmental organisation, says activism is central for a democratic country like South Africa as it encourages accountability and engagement to ordinary people.

SECTION27 executive director, Mark Heywood, believes that activism must be linked with the Constitution because it demonstrates change in society.

Heywood adds that activism is a powerful tool that is used by people to voice their problems and challenges in government.

Nature Conservationist Ian Player Dies

The Wilderness Foundation has announced that nature conservationist, Ian Player, has died at his home in the Karkloof Valley in KwaZulu-Natal.
 
In a press statement, the organisation declares that: "87-year-old Dr Ian Player, passed away peacefully at midday on 30 November 2014 after a short illness.”
 
Player committed his life to conservation and, in particular, to the preservation of the rhino.
 

ANC, Ses’khona to Thrash Out Problems

The African National Congress’ (ANC) provincial executive committee in the Western Cape has given the green light for high-level talks with the Ses’khona People’s Movement, following an attack on controversial poo-throwing activist, Andile Lili.
 
The ANC and Ses’khona have been at loggerheads recently over what the people’s movement dubbed ‘political meddling in a job-creation project it had with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).”
 

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