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Zim Crisis Affects Mostly Youth

Non-governmental organisation, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), says the country’s youth find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 
The organisations states that the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has affected mostly the country’s youth, who find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
 

NGOs Find Filipinos Among Trafficked Fishermen

In one of Africa’s largest ports, in Cape Town, South Africa, many boats come for fuel and repairs.
 
Many of the fishermen on these boats are from Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, and they are victims of abuse and forced labour.
 
Dane Duplessis, chaplain with the charity Biblia, a South African Christian non-governmental organisation, found six Filipinos, including Alex (surname withheld), a 32-year old Filipino who told him about their plight.
 

Youth Loses Interest in Politics – Survey

A survey by Afrobarometer shows that the youth in Africa are losing interest in politics.
 
Joseph Maniragena partnership officer at African Monitor says that, “Young people see politicians as corrupt people and therefore they are not inspired. Young people‚ specifically in South Africa‚ don't see any change. Political parties come during elections ... After elections‚ politicians don't come back.”
 

Foundation Clarifies Rumours Around Mbeki

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says it is still being inundated with queries regarding the health of the former president.
 
This follows reports on what has been described as a ‘dubious website’ that Mbeki had died.
 
It is regrettable that some media outlets, including public broadcasters on the continent, have reported on the hoax as fact without reference to the foundation or accredited South African Embassies and High Commissions in their countries.
 

UK Stops Funding a Malawi NGO

The United Kingdom government is to stop giving money to a charity in Malawi following a British Broadcasting Corporation investigation which found it was under the control of a cult-like group.

Dapp, which runs education and health projects in the African country, has received millions of pounds in the last decade from the United Kingdom, European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

It is connected to the Teachers Group, whose leaders are wanted by Interpol over fraud allegations.

NGOs Criticised Over the Disabled

Non-governmental organisations working in Mzimba have been blamed for showing no interest to work with people with disabilities in the district.

Director for Chimwemwe Persons with Disabilities who is also chairperson of Federation of People with Disabilities in the district (FEDOMA) Francis Jere, said during a Memorandum of Understanding with Limbikira Foundation to strengthen working relationship.
 
He said most of the NGOs working in the district shun to work with people with disability for reasons best known to themselves.

NGO Condemns Police Brutality

A Botswana coalition of civil society organisations has condemned police brutality in Zimbabwe and urged President Ian Khama, the Southern African Development Community chairperson, to intervene.

In a press statement, the coalition, the Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe, is concerned about the police brutality, in response to the ongoing civil protests in Zimbabwe.

​IEC Target of Political Protests: ISS

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is becoming a target for political protests.

ISS Crime and Justice Hub Manager, Lizette Lancaster, briefed a seminar on the causes of protests, focusing on violent protests.

Vuwani residents in Limpopo have vowed to block the IEC from holding the Local Government Elections on August 3.

​African Children to Suffer Due to El Nino

Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation, has warned that millions of children will suffer disproportionately from the failed harvests and devastated livelihoods left behind by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

The charity’s East and Southern Africa regional director, David Wright, points out that, “Children face protection risks as families and communities move in search of work, food, water and grazing land for animals.”

The organisation estimates that 26.5 million children could face malnutrition, water shortages and disease in affected African regions.

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