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​Civil Society Under Serious Attack - CIVICUS

Mandeep Tiwana, head of policy and analysis at CIVICUS, an international organisation representing civil society organisations, points out that, "Civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly have been under serious attack in 109 countries around the world in 2015 alone."

Tiwana is of the view that, "One of the main tests of the justness of any society is how it treats its minorities whether there is equality of opportunity for all particularly for disadvantaged populations."

ANC Wants Sparrow to Pay R200k to a NGO

 

The African National Congress’ (ANC) hate speech complaint against KwaZulu-Natal estate agent, Penny Sparrow, will be heard in the Equality Court this week, while its cases against a Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament and councillor are pending.

The governing party took Sparrow to the Equality Court in KwaZulu-Natal after she compared black people to monkeys on social media.

The ruling party's attorney, Peter Williams, says they want the court to force Sparrow to pay at least R200 000 to a non-governmental organisation as punishment.

​CSOs, Local Church March Against ‘National Pledge’

Civil society organisations and local church have staged a demonstration in Harare against the introduction ‘National Pledge’ by the government which they dismiss as a bid to brainwash to brainwash school children with ZANU PF propaganda.
 
At the end of last month, the government, through the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora, directed all students to spend the April school holidays mastering the national pledge.
 

​ANC Conducted A 'Ruthless People's War' – SAIIR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that during the last decade of the struggle in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) wanted hegemony over the country.
 
SAIRR head of policy research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, point out that the ANC has always depicted its liberation struggle as a just war, fought by just means.
 

​DRC Arrest Activists – HRW

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested at least 27 associates of Moise Katumbi, a presidential aspirant, and other opposition party members since late April 2016.

According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the arrests occurred between 22 April and 7 May in and around the southern city of Lubumbashi, where Katumbi is based.

The organisation argues that the investigation into Katumbi for his alleged ‘recruitment of mercenaries, [including] several retired American soldiers’, appears politically motivated.

​Mahlobo Slams NGOs and ‘Foreign Forces’

State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, says that there are South Africans and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who are collaborating with foreign forces to destabilise the country.

Mahlobo points out that, "Not everybody is our friend. The forces that are opposed to us are hard at work. Our NGOs play an important part in South Africa, but there are those who work to destabilise the state."

He says they knew who they were and that the government would not be shy in dealing with them.

Civil Society Campaign Aims at Zuma

As ‘persuasion and appeal have failed’‚ an alliance of civil society‚ church‚ trade union and academic organisations will announce a plan for “the people…to reclaim our hard-won democracy from those who defile it for self-interest.”

They met “in the wake of another vote in Parliament which‚ by voting against impeaching the president‚ dishonoured our Constitution and disappointed millions of people.”

Zuma’s Apology an Insult to South Africans

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has described President Jacob Zuma’s response to the Constitutional Court judgment on the Nkandla matter, as an insult to all South Africans.

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, whose joined numerous others in criticising Zuma’s ‘apology’ on the matter, points out that, “A simple apology is all we received from the head of state, along with a feeble excuse of misunderstandings and misguidedness, with a promise of new focus on policy revision related to state expenditure.”

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