The Southern African region's eyes shifts to Pretoria when the second Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika summit, aimed at resolving the political crisis in Lesotho, commences.
The second round of talks comes after the governing coalition failed to meet the deadline to agree on a date for parliament to reconvene.
SADC chair, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, is already in South Africa for a meeting that will be chaired by President Jacob Zuma.
To read the article titled, “Pretoria to host second SADC Troika on Lesotho,” click here.Source:SABC News
A rights organisation warns that a coup remains imminent in Zimbabwe if the current ‘serious economic situation’ in the southern African country persists.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chairperson, Dewa Mavinga, warns that there could be a military upset in the country if the cash-strapped government failed to pay the army.
Mavinga compared the situation in Zimbabwe with that in Lesotho where an attempted coup forced Prime Minister, Tom Thabane, to flee to South Africa, cautioning that the Southern African Development Community should prepare for a potential catastrophe.
To read the article titled, “Group warns of a looming coup in Zimbabwe,” click here.Source:News 24
Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza and rebel Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama signed a peace deal in Maputo ending a two-year conflict.
Guebuza and Dhlakama signed the deal in front of around 100 diplomats and dignitaries, where the two leaders embraced, prompting jubilant cries and clapping from those gathered.
For two years government forces and fighters loyal to Dhlakama have clashed, with the rebel leader accusing the state of reneging on a peace deal that ended Mozambique’s brutal civil war. Approximately one million people died as a result of the 15-year conflict, which ended in 1992.
To read the article titled, “Mozambique rivals sign landmark peace deal,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its deepest concern at reports from Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), was prevented from speaking at a gathering.
Ncongwane, who returned from the United States (US) where he attended a civil society meeting held to coincide with the US-Africa Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, was due to address the gathering on the outcomes of this visit.
SALC's executive director, Nicole Fritz states that, "The Swazi government is clearly angered that representatives of civil society dared speak out about the withdrawal of Swaziland's eligibility under the American African Growth and Opportunities Act” adding that, "It is distressing, but not surprising, that this now leads the authorities to actively prevent individuals who disagree with the official position from expressing their views."
To read the article titled, “Continuing clamp down on free speech in Swaziland,” click here.Source:All Africa
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been challenged to stick to their core business of being vehicles of development and shun meddling in politics.
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland Province, Chris Mushohwe, says that NGOs should not engage in politics but rather partner the government and become instruments for development.
Mushohwe was speaking at the commissioning of a classroom block in Chindoti village that was renovated by Plan Zimbabwe.
To read the article titled, “NGOs urged to shun meddling in politics,” click here.Source:Bulawayo 24
The United Nations (UN) has called on member states to abolish the death penalty, saying it has no place in the 21st Century.
Speaking at a special event hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Italian Mission to the UN, secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, described death penalty as a cruel and inhumane practice.
“I am particularly troubled by the application of the death penalty for offences that do not meet the threshold under international human rights law of 'most serious crimes', including drug-related offences, consensual sexual acts and apostasy,” he explained.
He further expressed his concern with legislation in 14 States that permit the death penalty on children as well as the new phenomenon of sentencing large groups of individuals to death in mass trials.
To read the article titled, “UN Chief calls for death penalty abolition,” click here.Source:SABC News
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) expressed shock at the conviction and sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.
In a press statement, SANEF points out that, "What started off as the dawn of the Arab Spring has turned into a nightmare where freedoms of Egyptian people are treated with disdain by the ruling military-aligned government."
SANEF, which is part of the African Editors' Forum, is calling on the African Union Commission to ensure that the summit condemned the sentencing of the journalists.
To read the article titled, “Arab Spring has turned into nightmare – SANEF,” click here.Source:News 24
Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, says the media has a responsibility to report on progress as well as government’s failures.
Ramaphosa told the South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) to tell the stories that are good and also those that are difficult, painful and troublesome.
Ramaphosa called on the media to give expression to the struggles and successes of ordinary South Africans and the effects of government policies on their lives.
To read the article titled, “Report on the good and the bad – Ramaphosa,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Newly-appointed Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has undertaken to urgently return to communities that embarked on service delivery protests in the run-up to the elections with a plan to address their development challenges.
In his acceptance speech in the provincial legislature after being elected Gauteng premier for the next five years, Makhura thanked the previous Gauteng government under the leadership of Nomvula Mokonyane, for their hard work and promised to build on it.
“Gauteng remains the fourth's largest economy on the continent. As ANC [African National Congress] government, we will improve our plans to ensure that we surpass the contribution of our province to the national economy. We will put greater effort in putting a growing and inclusive economy as we said during the elections.”
To read the article titled, “Makhura to address development challenges in hostile communities,” click here.Source:SABC News
Malawi’s ruling party, the People's Party (PP), has disclosed plans to establish a Malawi Development Bank with loan access at low interest rates in an effort to reduce poverty through sound economic management and governance.
In its manifesto, "The PP recognises that economic management and good governance are central to a transformational poverty reduction agenda.”
However, it points out that the main challenge of maintaining macro-economic stability is that Malawi faces significant internal and external imbalances.
To read the article titled, “Malawi Development Bank to revamp the economy,” click here.Source:All Africa