Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has described South Africa as one of the most unequal societies in the world.
In a speech delivered at the University of Stellenbosch, Madonsela says the country is one of the most unequal society despite the constitutional promises which include the substantive notion of equality.
"Compounding the situation is that poverty and unemployment have worsened and also the fact that, that too follows the contours of racial, gender and other forms of structural inequality or discrimination," she explained.
To read the article titled, “SA most unequal society in the world: Madonsela,” click here.Source:Times Live
The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down a law banning the promotion of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.
The anti-gay legislation was deemed null and void by the court on the technicality that it was not passed by a required parliamentary quorum.
On the substance of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, there was no ruling from this court that struck down the law because not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill, that aside, the decision was welcomed by UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sedibe, who called it a great day for social justice and where the rule of law had prevailed.
To read the article titled, “UNAIDS welcomes Uganda anti-gay law ban,” click here.Source:SABC News
- Zambia has reiterated its position not to recognise gay rights, saying that ‘gaysm’ runs counter to the country’s culture and is an affront to the Constitution which recognises the country as a Christian Nation.
The country’s foreign affairs deputy minister, Gabriel Namulambe, who also urged foreign missions accredited to Zambia to respect the views of the country about gay rights, says the country will abide by Christian values.
"I want to make it very clear here that as Government, we have the Constitution to protect and in the preamble of our Constitution, Zambia is a Christian Nation and as such we live by the Christian values and we will not be able to recognise gay rights," he explained.
To read the article titled, “No Gay Rights' Echos State,” click here.Source:All Africa
The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) calls for the Protection of State Information Bill to be sent to the Constitutional Court for ratification before it is signed into law.
In a statement to mark International Press Freedom Day, SANEF’s chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, says a public interest defence clause in the Bill would truly enhance the ability of media to assist in the fight against corruption.
Mkhabela notes that, “The Bill is arguably the biggest threat to press freedom and freedom of expression since the dawn of democracy. We stand ready to challenge it in court should the president sign it into law.”
To read the article titled, “Info bill must go to constitutional court - SANEF,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has been criticised in Parliament for not making provision for the advancement of gays and lesbians in the workplace.
This emerged on 30 January 2014 during the second day of public hearings on the bill, which is being sponsored by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.
In its submission, the Legal Resources Centre argues that the bill should not limit issues of gender equality and inequality as being issues between men and women, and girls and boys.
Meanwhile, the Triangle Project, an organisation that campaigns against discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and other sexual minorities, objects to the bill's definition of ‘gender’ as unconstitutional.
To read the article titled, “Bill raises gay alarm,” click here.Source:Times Live
Zambian vice president, Guy Scott, says he is disappointed that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are causing commotion over the draft constitution.
Dr. Scott explained that there is no new constitution and that what has been leaked is just a report on recommendations for the document.
The vice president was responding to questions from teachers who wanted to find out what stage the new constitution had reached following the perceived impasse between government and civil society organisations.
To read the article titled, “Some NGOs disappoint VEEP,” click here.Source:Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation
According to Zak Yacoob, a retired Constitutional Court judge, freedom from poverty in the South African context is one of the most important freedoms.
Delivering the fifth annual Helen Suzman memorial lecture in Johannesburg, Yacoob, said that as South Africa's democracy moved towards its 20th anniversary, far too many of its citizens still suffer from poverty.
"Unless we reach a situation where all of us agree on a particular minimum level of humanity and a particular threshold at [which] people would be able to live, and unless we commit ourselves to that, we will be doomed to disaster," he warned.
To read the article titled, “Freedom from poverty important - judge,” click here.Source:News 24
Parliament's transport portfolio committee on transport says Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s (OUTA) call for motorists not to pay for e-tolls in Gauteng defies the Constitution.
The committee has urged both e-tolling critics to demonstrate their respect for the law by accepting the decision made by the courts.
"The committee is concerned that these two organisations are encouraging citizens not to abide by an Act of Parliament and thus defy the Constitution of the country," states Ruth Bhengu, committee chairperson.
To read the article titled, “Parliamentary committee condemns Outa, COSATU's e-tolls reaction”, click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Freedom Under Law (FUL) says the cases of former crime intelligence head General Richard Mdluli and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, though unrelated, have highlighted what it calls “a disturbing trend of cover ups”.
FUL's former Constitutional Court Judge, Johan Kriegler, says both cases relate to very senior people in very responsible positions being involved in allegations of very serious misconduct.
“Those charges are then withdrawn against them for reasons that appear to an outsider just weird, inexplicable. We in FUL said these look odd. This cannot be right. We are entitled to know what happened.” - FUL.
To read the article titled ‘Hlophe, Mdluli cases highlight trend of cover-ups: FUL’, click here.Source:SABC News
- Legal Resources Centre (LRC)Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Monday, December 31, 2012Opportunity type:Employment
The National Office of the LRC seeks to appoint a Senior Development Associate, based in Johannesburg.
The person will supervise and implement a full range of development activities, including case development, research, solicitation and stewardship directed towards both international and domestic donor communities.
- Case Development: working with a number of internal and external constituencies, and in concert with the LRC’s strategic plan, develop compelling messages that effectively communicate the LRC’s impact to a variety of donor communities
- Stewardship of international foundations: supervise a staff of (X) to ensure timely and appropriate reporting to major International Foundation donors
- Supervise the development of a research functionality specifically with regard to identification of new international foundation prospects and domestic individual and family foundation prospects.
- Develop an expanded pipeline of submissions to international and domestic foundations.
- Develop and implement a new major gifts program with the aim of engaging high net-worth individuals and family foundations in South Africa
- Supervise the development of a new direct-mail Annual Fund program focusing on the South African legal community.
- Working with the Executive Director, engage the relationship capital of LRT trustees, SALS trustees (in the USA) and Cannon Collins (in the UK) to enhance international donor engagement.
- With the Executive Director, prepare annual strategic and operating plans, budgets and targets.
- Represent the LRC externally with prospective donors, collaborating entities, and contracted consultants; internally at meetings. Develop and actively participate in progress report presentations.
- Appropriate tertiary qualification with at least five years relevant management experience;
- Knowledge of South Africa’s socio-political environment and how it impacts on legal justice;
- Sound understanding of grants administration and contractual agreements; research methodologies and reporting;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
- Computer literacy in Microsoft Office;
- Knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge database software will be plus;
- Strong project-management skills with track record;
- Writing and editing skills;
- Valid driver’s licence.
To apply, submit a CV, academic record, contact of referees and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org,za.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Should you not hear from LRC by 31 January 2013, consider your application unsuccessful.
Applicants for the above position must share in the Mission and Values of the LRC and its commitment to using the Law as an instrument of Justice.
For more about the Legal Resources Centre, refer to www.lrc.org.za.
For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
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