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Ses’khona Demonstrates in Cape Town

Now the group of African National Congress (ANC) members, who also run a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ses’ khona, have turned on the ANC and will be marching on the party’s provincial headquarters in the Cape Town central business district on Thursday, 6 November 2014.

ANC leaders have voiced their concern with the behaviour and conduct of Ses’khona, a NGO that is led by former ANC councillors, Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili.

NGO Leader Shot in Cape Town

Ses'khona People's Rights Movement chairperson, Andile Lili, is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot four times on 5 November 2014 in Khayelitsha.

Ses'khona spokesperson, Sithembele Majova, points out that the movement is devastated by the news, and also found it strange that the shooting happened on the eve of a planned march to Parliament and the African National Congress offices over the high rate of unemployment.

Over 45 000 Women Raped in August

At 12h25 on 20 August 2014, the number of rapes this month reached a staggering 45 402, according to Blow the Whistle.

Blow the Whistle director, Mike Rowley, points out that, “In August 2014, statistically there’ll be a total of 74,400 rapes,” adding that, “Even though we fight this battle every day, August is the month we’ll make our biggest stand yet.”

Police Arrest Activists in FS

Over 100 community healthcare members of HIV lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), have been arrested during the early hours of Thursday, 10 July 2014, by police in Bloemfontein.

The arrest follow a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, head office of the Free State’s health department.

According to TAC Free State chairperson, Sello Mokhalipi, the group, mostly elderly women, were taken to Park Road police station and Mangaung Police Station in Bloemfontein where they are being held in waiting cells.

NGO Warns Against ‘Out-of-Date’ Institutions

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, has warned that global institutions face losing their point if they continue to ignore people's issues.

In its latest report, the organisation states that formal democratic institutions are unable to keep up with the modern world, which has resulted in mass protests.

“In many countries around the world people see formal democratic processes and party politics as failing to address the issues they care about,” explains CIVICUS secretary general, Dr Danny Sriskandarajah.

Mandela Foundation Mourns Angelou

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid tribute to the United States poet and author, Maya Angelou.

In a press statement, the organisation spokesperson, Danielle Melville, points out that, "On behalf of our board of trustees and staff, the Nelson Mandela Foundation mourns the passing of Maya Angelou.”

Melville says the late former President, Nelson Mandela, met Angelou in Cairo, Egypt in 1962, while he was garnering support for the armed struggle and undergoing military training.

Group Calls for Help in Anti-Whaling Fight

Environmental organisation, Greenpeace, has asked the South African government to put pressure on African port cities not to accept a cargo ship from Iceland carrying 2 000 tons of endangered fin whale meat.
 
The ship has skipped the port of Durban after a campaign to protest against whaling gained momentum.
 
More than 21 000 South Africans joined Greenpeace in the last three days in its request to port authorities to deny entrance and service to the ship, Alma.
 

SA Seeks Clarity on LGBTI Rights

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says government has noted the recent global issues on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and intersexuals (LGBTI).

On 24 February 2014, a Zambian court reportedly freed a rights activist arrested last year for publicly advocating gay rights.

On 25 February 2014, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, signed off an anti-gay bill - which states that first-time ‘offenders’ could be jailed for up to 14 years while repeat offenders could face life imprisonment - which would see gays imprisoned.

Angola’s Rights Record a Concern

The Human Rights Watch's (HRW) has found that very little is going right for the vast majority of the Angola’s population, including the government’s failure to use the oil windfall to fund socio-economic development.
 
The organisation’s annual World Report 2013 states that the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola-led government has intensified repressive measures to restrict freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2013.
 

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