FUL’s Bid to Put Brakes on NPA

Freedom Under Law (FUL) has argued that the ‘train wreck’ in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to do anything about it has resulted in a constitutional crisis that urgently needs the court’s intervention.

FUL has asked the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for an urgent interim interdict to stop Nomgcobo Jiba, the deputy national public prosecutions director, and Lawrence Mrwebi, head of the specialised commercial crimes unit, from working.

NGOs Take Govt to Court Over Nuclear

A group of NGOs is taking government to court in a bid to stop South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme because the bid process is flawed.
Other respondents are the National Energy Regulator (NERSA), chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete.
The applicants argue Joemat-Pettersson has failed to ensure nuclear procurement is conducted lawfully and meets the requirements of the constitution for a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective process.

100% Renewable Energy Access for All

Greenpeace says that political will is needed to bring about a “just transition to a green and inclusive economy”.

Greenpeace executive director, Kumi Naidoo, speaking during the South African International Renewable Energy Conference in Cape Town, said that a new report being released by Greenpeace will help policy makers plot the way forward to achieve this reality.

The report, entitled Energy Revolution, pushes for a scenario where there is 100 percent renewable energy access for all by 2050.

Call for Govt to Rein in Western-Funded NGOs

The Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) MP for Buhera West, Oliver Mandipaka, has challenged government to rein in the country's western funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs), arguing they are now too many and causing confusion in the country.
Mandipaka, a former high ranking police officer, asked the Public Service deputy minister during parliament's question and answer session if government had plans to stop the further spread of NGOs.

NGOs Threaten Court Over Dismissed Mayor

Zimbabwe’s local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere's decision to fire mainly MDC-T councils across the country could hit a snag after a human rights group threatened a Constitutional Court application.

In a letter to Kasukuwere, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum gave Kasukuwere a week to rescind his decision to fire two Gweru councillors, Albert Chirau and Moses Marecha, early this month or face court action.

COSATU Stands Firm Against e-Tolls

As the new e-tolls dispensation brokered by Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, came into effect this month, members of the African National Congress (ANC) led alliance remain divided over the issue, with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) reiterating its call for the system to be defied.

“There is still not unanimity in the alliance about the desirability of e-tolls, but the summit commends the review of e-tolls by government and acknowledges that this shows that our movement listens to and cares about the people.”

Nyoni: Govt Suspicious of NGOs

Zimbabwe’s small enterprises minister, Sithembiso Nyoni, has revealed that the state is suspicious of international organisations and donors who are coming to partner with government.

In 2008, the ZANU-PF government banned non-governmental organisations which were distributing food aid in the rural areas, accusing the development agencies of helping the opposition to campaign.

SANEF Hails the Release of Editor and Lawyer

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has applauded the release of Swaziland’s Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, and human rights lawyer and columnist, Thulani Maseko, from prison.

The pair spent more than a year behind bars for articles they had written highlighting corruption by judicial officers.

They were convicted on trumped up charges of contempt of court after they exposed that a traffic inspector was disciplined for impounding the official vehicle of a judge after it was used for unauthorised trips.

People First Seeks NGOs Support

Expelled former Zimbabwe’s Vice President, Dr Joice Mujuru's putschist cabal is suspected to be canvassing for grassroots support through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are funding projects under the banner of the People First project.

One of the local NGOs which was registered under the name Vukuzenzele has raised suspicions on its moves to help people in different districts of the country while claiming that the help was coming from People First.

400 Zambian NGOs Register With Govt

Over 400 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have registered with Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health under the new and contentious NGO Act of 2009.

Some NGOs have resolved not to register until all the necessary amendments on what it calls the proposed ‘unconstitutional Act’ of 2009 have been resolved.

While the organisations claim that the Act is retrogressive and is not in their best interest, the government is of the view that the registration process is ongoing and dialogue with NGOs over contentious issues has continued.


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