governance

Mugabe Claims Mawarire Sponsored by Foreign Countries

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has accused pastor, Evan Mawarire – the man who organised a nationwide strike against the government - of being sponsored by foreign countries allegedly trying to destabilise his administration.

Mawarire was briefly arrested and charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government before being freed by a court in the capital, Harare. Hundreds of cheering supporters greeted his release.

AICC to Launch Corporate Citizenship Manuals

In an effort to overcome the various socio-economic challenges that developing nations like Malawi continue to face such as ever-growing population and decreasing resources, the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) plans on launching corporate citizenship manuals.

Through the manuals, the organisation seeks to foster a productive working partnerships between governments, private sector and the civil society to work together to exercise shared responsibility to achieve collective prosperity that help build sustainable communities.

SA Urged to Break Silence on Zimbabwe Rights Crisis

The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign has called on International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to condemn police brutality and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

The call was made in an open letter to Nkoana-Mashabane which also voiced ‘deep concern’ over police arresting journalists‚ the alleged extortion of motorists and a clampdown on the use of social media.

OUTA Unveils Shocking Facts About SAA Contractor

 

Civil rights body, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has presented proof that BnP Capital, which has a contract with South African Airways (SAA), have its Financial Services Board (FSB) licence revoked.

OUTA director of legal affairs, Advocate Ivan Herselman, points out that, "We have learnt that the FSB licence of BnP Capital has been suspended."

He was speaking in Johannesburg, a day after OUTA said it planned to interdict the contract between SAA and BnP Capital, and will take further litigation procedures against SAA board members.

Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC

Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in a video released by 21 African and international non-governmental organisations.

In January 2016, the African Union (AU) gave its Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC a mandate to develop a ‘comprehensive strategy’ on the ICC, including considering the withdrawal of African member countries from the court.

SA Should Keep Standing Up Against Violence Against LGBT Persons – At Home and Abroad

As the spotlight falls on the adoption of South Africa’s landmark Constitution, 20 years ago this year, one of its striking features -- the inclusion of the first-ever constitutional guarantee of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation -- is also under global scrutiny.

OUTA Launches Nkandla Repayment Petition

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), which started as a reaction to urban tolling but has now expanded its scope, launched a petition related to the controversial upgrades made to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.
 
OUTA wants Zuma to repay 100 percent of the money spent, not the R7.8 million that Treasury determined he is liable for.
 
OUTA’s petition has already generated massive interest and the organisation states that, “Our last petition caused waves, created awareness and brought about change in the country through numbers.”
 

​Civil Society Under Serious Attack - CIVICUS

Mandeep Tiwana, head of policy and analysis at CIVICUS, an international organisation representing civil society organisations, points out that, "Civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly have been under serious attack in 109 countries around the world in 2015 alone."

Tiwana is of the view that, "One of the main tests of the justness of any society is how it treats its minorities whether there is equality of opportunity for all particularly for disadvantaged populations."

​Heyns Elected Member of UNHRC

Former Dean of Law Faculty and former Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, Professor Christof Heyns, has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Heyns, who previously served as United Nations Special Rapporteur, was nominated by the South African government.

Meanwhile, Heyns states that he appreciates and values the support that the university has given him while serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial summary and arbitrary executions over the past six years.

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