Philanthropy to Serve as the Engine Room of Social Change

Shelagh Gastrow, executive director of Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement argues that the capacity of philanthropy to serve as the engine room of social change is critical, with philanthropists not answerable to the market or to voters, but having the capacity to take risk with new concepts, cutting edge ideas and social change. The women’s movement and the environmental movement are classic reminders of what philanthropy can achieve.

NCA to Mobilise Against Constitutional Draft

Zimbabwe’s National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) has announced that it will begin mobilising people to reject the constitutional draft that will be produced by the parliamentary committee.

NCA chairperson, Lovemore Madhuku, says that the organisation will embark on a countrywide interaction with the communities and people in the country, discussing the current state of affairs with the constitution making process.

Zimbabweans Urged to Take Responsibility

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has criticised Zimbabweans and the leadership of the country for continuing to blame South Africa for their problems.

Speaking at a University of Pretoria lecture on the role the country will be playing during its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Nkoana-Mashabane, pointed out that, "I think we are going to move faster, quicker and more democratic the day we hold Zimbabweans responsible for the decisions they take."

CASAC Slams Parliament's 'Inefficiency'

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has criticised Parliament for not playing its constitutional oversight role effectively.

CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, has called on members of Parliament to exercise their oversight role without fear, instead of pursuing a party political line.

Pityana, who says CASAC’s role is to defend, strengthen and improve the constitution, encourages citizens to claim their rights and to take action against institutions that are not fulfilling their constitutional mandate.

HRW Criticises ‘Pro-Mugabe’ Attacks

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned against attacks by supporters of President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe maps out a new constitution with 13 public meetings called off in Harare.

HRW Africa director, Rona Peligal, states that ZANU-PF supporters and their allies continue to commit abuses with impunity, adding that the country’s police remain partisan.

Peligal calls on the Zimbabwean government to stop the attacks and allow the constitutional outreach to proceed without violence.

CASAC Launches in Johannesburg

The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC), an organisation that promises to reawaken South Africans to the values of the Constitution, has launched in Johannesburg.

Led by businessman, Sipho Pityana, CASAC aims to mobilise South Africans against what it calls ‘conservative forces’ within both the government and society, in a bid to protect the Constitution and hold it up as the central goal that South African society aspires to.

Media Tribunal to Complement Self-Regulation - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says the proposed media appeals tribunal is intended to ‘strengthen, complement and support the current self-regulatory institutions’.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly, Zuma said that the African National Congress' (ANC) resolution on a proposed media tribunal promotes media freedom within the context of the human rights ethos of the Constitution.

Goldstone Criticises Information Bill

Retired Constitutional Court Judge, Richard Goldstone, has criticised the proposed Protection of Information Bill, warning that it could infringe on press freedom if passed into law in its current form.

Goldstone says neither the Constitution nor the judiciary is under threat but what concerns him is the proposed Protection of Information Bill being pushed by the African National Congress-led government. 

Information Bill Unconstitutional - GCB

The General Council of Bar of South Africa (CGB) says the draft Protection of Information Bill does not pass constitutional muster.

The GCB says that while the bill contained certain useful provisions, it also contains a number of provisions which are plainly inconsistent with, and indeed contrary to, the foundational values of the constitution.

Civil Society Briefed on Angolan Constitution

Angolan citizens, representatives of the civil society in Cacuaco district, Luanda, were briefed by the members of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) on the Constitution, promulgated on 5 February.

The coordinator of the national commission for Cacuaco, Sérgio Joaquim, informed that the document replaces the Constitutional Law used after the independence of Angola, on 11 November 1975.


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