According to Alex Bell, efforts by Zimbabwean civil society groups to push a human rights agenda at the international diamond trade watchdog, the Kimberley Process (KP), are being undermined by some of the key beneficiaries of the sector, including ZANU PF.
Bell states that the KP’s civil society wing have been fighting a drawn out battle to pressure the monitoring group to reform, in order to better fight diamond trade-linked human rights abuses.
He further says that the most recent plenary session of the KP again failed to take these reforms on board, with the views expressed by the civil society members of the body instead being criticised as ‘malicious’.
To read the article titled, “ZANU PF involved in undermining civil society diamond fight,” click here.Source:SW Radio Africa
A petition has started to impeach President Jacob Zuma over his involvement in the Nkandla scandal.
The petition created by the Committee for the Impeachment of the President was put up on Change.org.
The leaked report on Nkandla, illustrates that the President lied to the Parliament and benefitted from over 200 million rand of the publics money.
To read the article titled, “Petition to impeach Zuma over Nkandla,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) condemns an apparent assault of a multimedia journalist, allegedly by a member of President Jacob Zuma's VIP protection unit.
SANEF states that it expects civil servants particularly those escorting the President to respect the rights and duties of the media.
Eyewitness News journalist, Reinart Toerien has since opened a case of common assault against Zuma's VIP unit.
To read the article titled, “SANEF condemns attack on journalist,” click hereSource:News 24
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that huge disparities in the living conditions of black and white infants in South Africa.
In its report, South Africa's Young Children: Their Parents and Home Environment 2012, statistician general, states that there are 5.3 million in South Africa, representing about 10 percent of the population, of which 85 percent of them are described as ‘black African’.
Lehohla argues that, "The results highlighted that children from the black African and the coloured population groups are perpetually disadvantaged when compared to those from the Indian/Asian and the white population."
To read the article titled, “South African children face big black and white disparities: Stats SA,” click here.Source:Times Live
Civil society organisations (CSOs) operating under the Grand Coalition are proposing a march to the Malawi State House to exert pressure on President Joyce Banda to resign and pave the way for an interim government if the State fails to conduct a fast-track trial on suspects involved in the looting of public resource - ‘the cash gate scam’.
The organisations want government to investigate and prosecute suspects involved in the con between July and September 2013 by end of this month.
Chairperson of the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations, Voice Mhone, says activists along with 13 CSOs plan to initiate a ‘Black Monday’ where Malawians dress in black every Monday to symbolise the death of the public purse after being looted by thieves.
To read the article titled, “National Malawi CSOs proposes occupy State House, Black Monday protests over cash-gate,” click here.Source:Nyasa Times
The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) - an umbrella civil society body with almost 1 000 quasi-political members -- has admitted that the West's illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe have deeply affected its operations and is willing to partner Government in fighting the embargo.
Analysts say NANGO’s Damascene moment, which comes on the heels of a similar admission by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, is the clearest sign that the regime change agenda had aborted in the wake of the harmonised elections that are touted to have handed the British their heaviest defeat in 60 years.
NGOs in Zimbabwe have been as much a part of the Western assault on ZANU-PF led government as they proliferated when sanctions constrained government's capacity to fund social services.
To read the article titled, “NGOs in surprise admission,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the Gauteng e-tolling controversy offers President Jacob Zuma the opportunity to indicate to government officials what he means by consultation.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that they agree with the president’s notion however are let down by the actions displayed by the authorities in ignoring the views of the people.
Zuma told residents in Soshanguve that South Africans want to be engaged continuously and have strong views about how they want to be governed.
To read the article titled, “Outa wants Zuma to act on e-tolls,” click here.Source:Fin 24
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) states that it would be in national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega’s best interest, and that of the police service, for her to step aside while the investigation into her conduct is pending.
Phiyega faces a criminal charge of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly interfering in Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer’s crime intelligence investigation.
ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, argues that a lack of experience and a police service in crisis has tainted Phiyega’s term as the national commissioner.
To read article titled, “Phiyega must go,” click here.Source:The Citizen
As the continent progresses in key areas, Mo Ibrahim, philanthropist and founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation, says we need to move decisively away from both Afro-optimistic and Afro-pessimistic headlines.
The Foundation published the ‘2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance’, an index which tells us that the outlook is mixed and that neither Afro-pessimism nor Afro-optimism does justice to modern Africa.
An honest assessment of the continent as supported by the index reveals that governance trends in Africa are both complex and diverse. It further notes that Africa's many achievements, but it should also include a pragmatic acknowledgement of the distance Africa has to go.
To read the article titled “Africa needs to move towards Afro-realism,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says even though the government is trying everything in its power to create jobs, it is impossible for government to employ everyone.
Speaking at the Forum, the minister urged all South African citizens to work together in improving the state of the country’s economy, he further encouraged people to start their own businesses.
He denies any suggestions that his tough measures against ministers’ wasteful expenditure has got anything to do with the upcoming 2014 national elections.
To read article titled, “Gordhan encourages entrepreneurship,” click here.Source:SABC News