An enquiry into evictions on the Lwandle land in Cape Town heard that the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, a shack dwellers' non-governmental organisation, is not cashing in on the matter in any way.
The organisation’s leader, Loyiso Nkohla testifies that, "When Ses'Khona arrived there during these evictions, it was not the only time Ses'Khona was there. In January 2014, from the first eviction, we were invited by the community and helped them, not knowing anyone…We want to make that point very clear. Ses'Khona Rights Movement is not a group of opportunistic people who want to go all over."
The enquiry was hearing evidence to determine what happened when illegal shack dwellers were removed from South Africa’s National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) land in Lwandle, on 2 and 3 June 2014.
To read the article titled, “Ses'Khona: Not cashing in on Lwandle,” click here.Source:News 24
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) states that a young man committed suicide and a woman miscarried following the eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town.
Sheena St Clair Jonker, founder of the Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa argues that these are only a few cases she could consult with, adding that “I am trying to assist you in connecting with the real and the authentic."
Testifying at an enquiry investigating the eviction of people from South African National Roads Agency Limited, Jonker declares that she was called by Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement leader, Loyiso Nkohla to consult residents and provide legal services.
To read the article titled, “NGO recalls Lwandle's brutal, violent eviction,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African government has ignored recommendations given to it after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and this has damaged South Africans’ chances of reconciliation.
Speaking in a panel discussion, Alex Boraine, former vice-chairman of the TRC, insists that reconciliation was ‘dead on the vine’ as it was not coupled with economic justice, and this had not happened.
Boraine further adds that, “The TRC discovered the truth and brought about healing. Unfortunately its momentum was lost when the government took forever to implement some of the recommendations and completely ignored others.”
To read the article titled, “Government failed us’ after TRC,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) encourages motorists in Gauteng to continue to use the highways without paying the e-toll bills.
COSATU’s Gauteng provincial secretary, Dumisani Dakile, calls upon people to defy the system and those who have received bills to burn them, adding that there will be a big burning ceremony in front of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL’s) office in due course for the public to bring their bills to collectively burn as part of their defiance campaign.
COSATU has welcomed the establishment of the review panel by Gauteng premier David Makhura which was tasked to review the impact of the system in the province.
To read the article titled, “Burn e-toll bills - Cosatu,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The largest emerging economies will push ahead with a US$50 billion development bank to provide alternative funding for the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] countries.
According to a summit statement, BRICS countries reached an accord to push ahead with a US$50 billion development bank by granting China its headquarters and India its first rotating presidency.
BRICS leaders also formalised the creation of a US$100 billion currency exchange reserve, which member states can tap into case of balance of payment crises.
To read the article titled, “BRICS development bank a go,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
A lawyer in Swaziland says two government critics there have been found guilty of contempt of court in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom.
Sipho Gumedze, a human rights lawyer, says that the two critics - a lawyer and a magazine editor - are considering an appeal.
Lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and Bheki Makhubu, editor of Swaziland's The Nation magazine, have been charged after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.
To read the article titled, “Two Swazi critics convicted,” click here.Source:News 24
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Ugandan street children face constant abuse from police and government officials, who beat and extort bribes from them.
The organisation states that police as well as Kampala city officials detain street children after targeted roundups.
In its report entitled ‘Where Do You Want Us To Go?’ the organisation further states that police beat them with batons, whips and wires as punishment for vagrancy or to extort bribes as a condition for letting them go.
To read the article titled, “Ugandan cops abuse street kids – HRW,” click here.Source:News 24
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says government will announce a date for the switch to digital broadcasting within three months.
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, points out that, “This designation will allow the industry, manufacturers and TV-owning population to prepare accordingly, in order to purchase and install set-top boxes.”
Cwele, who told Parliament during his budget vote speech that government had ring-fenced R2.9 billion for broadband digital migration, adds that the department will gazette its final policy on the matter at the end of July 2014.
To read the article titled, “Digital broadcasting switch gets R2.9bn – Siyabonga Cwele,” click here.Source:City Press
Free State health MEC, Benny Malakoane’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi has condemned activists’ ‘insulting slogans’ and deemed them ‘inappropriate’.
Mvambi states that, “The executive council, including the premier [Ace Magashule], has expressed confidence in Malakoane’s plans to fix the Free State health department. We’ve now got help from treasury and also the national health department and we’re going to make sure the provincial depot is stocked well.”
His comments follow the chanting of slogans – ‘Down with [Free State health MEC] Benny Malakoane, he’s a corrupt killer! We want him out!’ by about 500 Free State community health workers and health activists they marched and toyi-toyied around the provincial health department headquarters in Bloemfontein.
To read the article titled, “Free State's Malakoane calls activists' slogans insulting,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The South African Congress of Trade Unions (COSATU) says the e-toll reprieve announced by Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, means nothing as government policy on e-tolls has not changed.
In a press statement, COSATU spokesperson, Patrick Craven, points out that, "This move is an attempt to respond to the huge opposition to e-tolls and the widespread refusal to pay them."
Craven adds that COSATU sees no evidence that it marks any change of government policy, especially since the minister told MPs this is being done to make it easier for people to comply with e-tolls.
To read the article titled, “COSATU rejects e-toll reprieve,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live