The application by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and businessman Hugh Glenister, challenging the constitutional validity of the South African Police Services (SAPS) Amendment Act, is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court.
Speaking on behalf of the organisation, David Unterhalter, stated that their concerns related to appointments within the unit and whether political involvement and oversight resulted in interference.
The organisation argues that since the head of the unit was responsible for appointing other members and was not suitably autonomous, their independence would also be called into question.
To read the article titled, “Suzman foundation application continues,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Hawks have launched a financial investigation into the misuse of former president Nelson Mandela's funds, including inspecting the bank account statements of some of his close family members, trustees and employees of his charities.
The main purpose was to channel the proceeds of Mandela's artwork into the accounts of companies for Mandela and his children. The amount of the proceeds is approximately R15-million.
"If they do not comply with our letter to produce the financial records, we will apply for a search warrant and possibly raid their offices, houses and business premises," - Hawks source.
To read the article titled, “Raid on Mandela charities blocked,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) has welcomed a ground-breaking ruling in the Botswana Court of Appeal which upheld the right of four sisters to inherit their family homestead.
The court rejected the argument that under Ngwaketse customary law, only sons are allowed to inherit the homestead.
SALC deputy director, Priti Patel, describes the ruling as hugely important not only for Botswana, but for women across Southern Africa.
Patel says the appeal court, in a unanimous decision, held that customary law is inherently flexible and in this case the four sisters, who had used their own money to renovate the homestead, are entitled to inherit it.
To read the article titled, “Victory for women’s rights,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that South Africa must find alternatives to its social grant system.
The call comes at a time when the Department of Social Development is celebrating the issuing of millions of South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) social-grant debit cards, which it says will help to curb social fraud.
SAIRR deputy chief executive officer, Frans Cronje, says that about five million South Africans pay income tax, and the organisation estimates that 10 percent of these taxpayers account for more than 50 percent of total tax revenue.
To read the article titled, “South Africa ‘needs alternative’ to social grants,” click hereSource:Business Day
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an international wildlife watchdog, has partnered with Tanzania’s local non-governmental organisations in a campaign against illegal wildlife trade.The campaign, dubbed ‘Illegal Wildlife Trade Campaign’, is expected to involve local communities to fight against barbaric killings of innocent wild animals, which is at an alarming rate.
WWF Tanzania’s conservation manager, Gerald Kamwenda, points out that the fight against poaching needs collective efforts amongst stakeholders.
Kamwenda states that, “NGOs are among of them and we believe they will play a big role in this fight because they work with communities at the grassroots levels,” adding that more than 60 grassroots NGOs are to take part in the war.
To read the article titled, “WWF, Tanzanian NGOs join hands,” click here.Source:Coastweek
A Malawian non-government organisation is embarking on a new effort that is helping primary school enjoy their learning environment.Under the Happy Classrooms project, the organisation - based on Need-driven Grassroots Ownership (boNGO) - paints (government) primary school classrooms with pictures that reflect the school syllabus and make the classrooms a colourful, exciting, and child-friendly space.
boNGO managing director, Tereza Mirovicova, says pupils learning inside the Happy Classrooms enjoy school more.
“They understand easier what the teacher is explaining, they concentrate better and even absenteeism has been reduced. Teachers, on the other hand, find it easier to keep the attention of the students, they can use a broader variety of teaching methods…” explains Mirovicova.
To read the article titled, “NGO provides Malawi pupils with enjoyable learning environment,” click here.Source:Nyasa Times
According to the Africa Agriculture Status Report, Africa has 60 percent of the world's arable land and most of its countries depend on farming as the mainstay of their economies, yet productivity is low, the average size of land holdings is shrinking, soil fertility is declining, fertiliser use is the lowest in the world and rural people are unable to break out of poverty.Published by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a non-governmental organisation headed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the 200-page study examines each stage in the production of food, from the availability of land and good quality seeds to getting crops to market.
In addition, it looks also at factors such as technology, access to finance and how government policies encourage or inhibit the development of agriculture.
To read the article titled, “New report proposes steps to boost food growing,” click here.Source:AllAfrica
Human Rights Watch has expressed its concerns about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and to request that President Robert Mugabe give priority to improving human rights during his presidency.The organisation urges Mugabe and the incoming administration to take clear, decisive measures to honour the country's human rights obligations and ensure the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.
The organisation says it believes that this is an important opportunity for the government to help nurture and develop a culture of respect for human rights in Zimbabwe that should not be missed.
To read the article titled, “Setting the human rights agenda for Mugabe government,” click here.Source:AllAfrica
Lobby group, Freedom Under Law, will proceed with its application for the review and setting aside of the decisions to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against suspended crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli.
Mdluli was suspended last year amid charges of fraud and corruption, and charges relating to the murder of his ex-lover's husband.
He was reinstated, but was suspended again in 2012, pending a court application to review the withdrawal of the criminal and disciplinary charges against him.
The case is set to be heard this week in the High Court in Pretoria.
To read the article titled, “Ngcobo still acting head of crime intelligence,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
- Rural Affairs Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, has for the first time opened up about the controversial Masibambisane development project run by President Jacob Zuma and his cousin, Deebo Mzobe.
Nkwinti, whose department has been closely associated with the project, in effect accused Masibambisane of hijacking rural-development initiatives.
“It was the way it was managed and the way it has been projected. It is out of order,” he argues.
Zuma is the NGO’s chair and Mzobe his deputy.
To read the article titled, “Nkwinti vs Zuma’s NGO,” click here.Source:City Press