The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says government has noted the recent global issues on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and intersexuals (LGBTI).
On 24 February 2014, a Zambian court reportedly freed a rights activist arrested last year for publicly advocating gay rights.
On 25 February 2014, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, signed off an anti-gay bill - which states that first-time ‘offenders’ could be jailed for up to 14 years while repeat offenders could face life imprisonment - which would see gays imprisoned.
To read the article titled, “SA seeking clarity on LGBT rights in other countries,” click here.Source:Times Live
Malawi President, Joyce Banda, face calls to resign, after an audit revealed at least US$30 million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials.
Barely three months before she asks voters to elect her for a second term, Banda faces calls from non-governmental groups to take responsibility for almost industrial-scale corruption on her watch.
A much-awaited report by British auditors - commissioned by Banda - showed that US$30 million was stolen in six months from April to September in 2013, her second year in office.
To read the article titled, “NGOs want Malawi's Banda to resign after US$30 million corruption scandal,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has urged the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to be transparent on e-tag sales in light of the impression it is creating that motorists are ‘clamouring’ to be tagged.
OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “SANRAL’s number of 1.2 million e-tags 'taken up' is hogwash.”
In press statement, Clarke argues that, “What does 'taken up' mean? If they are inferring that these are fitted in cars making use of the Gauteng freeways, this is misinformation.”
To read the article titled, “SANRAL’s e-tag claims hogwash: OUTA,” click here.Source:IOL News
Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, is expected to sign a controversial anti-homosexuality bill, which Western countries have criticised and tried to stop from being signed into law.
Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, points out that, "He [Museveni] wants to sign it with the full witness of the international media to demonstrate Uganda's independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation."
Museveni's decision to sign the bill comes less than a week since he announced plans to put the bill on hold to give scientists a chance to prove that homosexuality could be triggered by genes and is not a ‘lifestyle choice’.
To read the article titled, “Uganda's Museveni to sign anti-gay bill,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Ugandan gay rights activist, Paul Semugoma, was almost deported to Uganda through Zimbabwe, but friends exerted pressure on the South African government to grant him a work permit.
South African immigration officials at OR Tambo International Airport detained Semugoma on his return trip from a conference in Zimbabwe, where they charged him with travelling without proper documentation.
Life partner, Brian Kanyemba, was allowed through, and immediately contacted the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to tell them what had happened.
To read the article titled, “Naledi Pandor saves gay activist from deportation,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairperson, Ellen Zandile Tshabalala, has laughed off public protector, Thuli Madonsela's findings of irregularities in acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary.
Tshabalala states that Hlaudi is diligent and very capable, the members of the board are right behind him.
A group of opposition parties is laying criminal charges against Motsoeneng following a damning report, titled ‘When Governance and Ethics Fail,’ released by Madonsela on 17 February 2014.
To read the article titled, “SABC chief: Nevermind Thuli, long may Hlaudi reign,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Human Rights Watch's (HRW) has found that very little is going right for the vast majority of the Angola’s population, including the government’s failure to use the oil windfall to fund socio-economic development.
The organisation’s annual World Report 2013 states that the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola-led government has intensified repressive measures to restrict freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2013.
The report further states that, "The government has pursued numerous criminal defamation lawsuits against outspoken journalists and activists, while continuing to use police abuse, arbitrary arrests, and intimidation to prevent peaceful anti-government protests, strikes, and other gatherings from taking place.”
To read the article titled, “Nation's dire human rights situation,” click here.Source:All Africa
A report states that the national budget has failed to provide adequately for vulnerable citizens as the economic crisis extends.
According to the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, about 700 firms have shut down in the past 12 months, increasing the number of jobless people who are in need of state aid.
A parliamentary report on social welfare says the 2014 national budget has failed to provide adequately for items that are critical for assisting vulnerable citizens.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe forsakes the vulnerable,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Zimbabwean civil society groups have expressed their unrelenting disapproval of the breakdown of public accountability and called on the government to urgently set up a commission of enquiry into corporate corruption.
In a joint statement, 66 civil society groups states that the commission should investigate 'obscene salaries' and other underhand dealings in the local government and public sector.
The groups also called on the country’s President, Robert Mugabe, to break his silence on corruption, in which his aides and close allies have been named.
To read the article titled, “Civil society call for commission of enquiry Into corporate corruption,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Constitutional Court has been asked to set aside the awarding of a R10 billion social grants tender to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and order the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to re-advertise the tender afresh.
In a unanimous judgment in November 2013, the Constitutional Court found the tender awarded to CPS to be invalid, on the grounds that it was procedurally unfair.
The court then asked the parties concerned, including the losing bidder, AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Allpay), to return to court on 11 February 2014 with options for what the appropriate remedy should be.
To read the article titled, “ConCourt asked to 'turn its back' on unlawful grants tender,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian