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Anti-Mugabe NGOs Wasted ‘Our Money’ – Diplomat

There is very little to show for the huge amounts of money invested in local pro-democracy groups over the years, a western envoy has lamented, adding that the non-governmental organisation sector has become as corrupt as the regime whose ouster it sought.

A diplomat who heads one of the western donor organisations in the country says that, “You can see that there (has been) no, or very little, change in the democracy situation in the country despite the civil society having been well resourced financially.”

Call to Stop Advertising on SABC

Criticism of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's, censorship of news coverage and his running of the public broadcaster as ‘his own private spaza shop’ is getting louder.

Activists met to plan protests and called on advertisers to boycott the SABC to hit it ‘where it hurts’.

Right2Know Campaign says that Motsoeneng will lose in the court of public opinion, adding that South Africans should be shaming companies that choose to advertise on the SABC.

DA Criticises Equal Education Over Protest

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described the march to the house of the Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, by a group of Equal Education protestors as a dangerous move.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, took to Twitter to condemn the protest outside Schäfer’s house.

Former DA leader, Helen Zille, also went on Twitter to condemn the education movement, saying the movement only exacerbated education problems in the province.

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.”
 

​NGOs, CSOs, Praises for Improving Education

Ilala Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam has praised the involvement of civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations in improving the education of children in the district's poverty-stricken households.

Ilala Municipal Council education officer, Lukia Gwandu, says that a number of schools in Ilala District still lack educational infrastructure.

Gwandu explains that these organisations have been working hard to complement government efforts in improving reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills for children.

​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.

​Be Wary of NGOs, Legislators Told

Parliamentarians have been urged to be wary of non-governmental-organisations who in their bid to discredit local polls, will never appreciate the country's electoral system.

Legislators noted that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the Election Resource Centre would ‘perpetually’ condemn Zimbabwe's electoral system despite improvements that would have been registered.

​NGOs Must Adhere to Guiding Principles

Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, has called upon the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Council to adhere to its guiding principles for it to be effective.

Speaking at the National Fund for Civil Society Validation meeting in Gaborone, Minister Batshu, says the NGO Council Policy called for effective participation of all members.

The minister further says the policy also called for an independent NGO, one which did not rely on government for support.

SABC Must Justify Protest Ban - ICASA

The SABC has until 21 June to provide the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) with reasons it was correct to ban footage of violent protests from television screens.

ICASA’ complaints and compliance committee ruled that the matter is urgent, after lobby group Media Monitoring Africa complained to the statutory institution that the SABC’s decision was in conflict with the public broadcaster’s duties as outlined in the Broadcasting Act, and the Constitution.

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