​Section of Immigration Law ‘Unconstitutional’

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that a section of the Immigration Act is unconstitutional as it allows for immigrants to be detained without any court oversight.
Human Rights Lawyers, spokesperson, Patricia Erasmus, points out that, "The High Court basically found that immigration detention may now not take place without mandatory and automatic judicial oversight."

Under South Africa's criminal law, all detainees must appear in court within 48 hours of arrest.

R2K Fears 17% Eskom Tariff Hike

The Right2Know (R2K) Gauteng has strongly opposed Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application to the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) in which it is asking for a RCA balance of R22.8 billion, and will be protesting outside the NERSA hearings today and tomorrow.

According to R2K, if the RCA application is approved, South Africa could see electricity tariffs rise by up to 17 percent this year alone.

​NGO Not Concerned About de Klerk Charges

The FW de Klerk Foundation says it is not at all concerned with the 22 charges of apartheid crimes pressure group Anti-Racism Action Forum (ARAF) has formulated against him.

The foundation’s communications officer Megan Dick says they have taken note of the anti-racism group’s intent to lay 22 charges against apartheid-era president FW de Klerk for ‘crimes against black people’.

ARAF intend to lay the same charges against Adrian Vlok, who served as minister of law and order from 1986 to 1991.

​NGOs Criticised Over Public Order Act

For all the noise made about the review of the Public Order Act, only three non-governmental organisations have submitted recommendations to Zambia’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
During his address to parliament last year, President Edgar Lungu asked for the review of the Public Order Act.
Home Affairs Minister, Davies Mwila, says there have been no movement from the proponents of the review of the act especially the political parties that were making too much noise about it.

​AIDS-Related Deaths Declining, Says OAFLA

AIDS-related deaths are declining in all age groups, except among 10-19 year olds, it was heard during the Organisation of African Firsts Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) 16th annual General Assembly.
Hosted under the theme ‘Advancing sustainable Partnership to end pediatric AIDS and improve Adolescent’, reported that while African Union (AU) member states made great stride in mother to child HIV transmission, there was not targeted care for HIV positive children.

Class of 2015: BNSDP Proves Rural Schools Can be Among the Best

Kagiso Trust joins the Free State Department of Education in congratulating the province’s Class of 2015, specifically the Thabo Mofutsanyana district. The Free State province achieved an 81.6 percent pass rate and the Thabo Mofutsanyana district achieved a pass rate of 87.5 percent, making it the best performing district in the Free State. Kagiso Trust, in partnership with the Free State Department of Education, has been implementing the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) in 166 Thabo Mofutsanyana schools since 2007.

Grants for Malawi Disability Oriented NGOs

United States of America (USA) Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, has awarded K59.5 million grants to nine organisations working with people with disabilities across Malawi through the Ambassador's HIV and AIDS Small Grants Fund.

Palmer says that the organisations are implementing programmes which help to promote access to health services, adding that the grants are given directly to beneficiaries in the communities.

SACC: Inequality Worse than at End of Apartheid

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says it plans to tackle the challenges and imbalances in the country through a campaign called ‘The South Africa We Pray For’‚ stating that research it commissioned shows that inequality today is far greater than it was at the end of apartheid.

The organisations says that this prayer and action campaign‚ to be launched at a special Reconciliation Day service on 16 December 2015‚ will see the church taking an active role in addressing the societal imbalances currently experienced in a post-apartheid South Africa.

Batshu: NGOs Crucial in Development

Botswana’s Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, says the government appreciates the role played by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in augmenting efforts to develop the disadvantaged and marginalised countrymen.

Batshu, who officially opened the NGOs Council and inaugural stakeholder's forum, said some of the civil society organisations' presence could be traced back to independence.

Court Dismisses FUL Application

The Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria has ruled that an application by Freedom Under Law (FUL) to stop two top National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials from working is not urgent.

FUL has argued that the ‘train wreck’ in the NPA and President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to do anything about it has resulted in a constitutional crisis which urgently needed intervention by the court.


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