Millions of people in Southern Africa still lack access to latrines and clean drinking water, according to WaterAid.
In its latest report titled ‘In From Promise to Reality’, the organisation states that the majority of southern Africans are living in an "unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty."
The report that accuses governments in the region of failing to prioritise their plight, adding that Southern African leaders have fallen behind on their promises to boost public spending on basic services, with the poorest and most vulnerable people hardest hit.
To read the article titled, “Southern African leaders fail to prioritise water and sanitation,” click here.Source:The Guardian
Department of International Relations & Cooperation (DIRCO) says that South Africa has called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.
DIRCO spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, states that, "The South African government would like to express its deep concern about the unfolding political situation in Ukraine."
South Africa's foreign policy favoured and promoted peaceful resolution of conflicts and South Africa therefore urged all parties in the stand-off to settle the crisis through dialogue.
To read the article titled, “SA calls for peace in Ukraine,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) urges South Africa to add its voice to calls for Nigeria to review its homophobic legislation.
SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, states that, "Since 18 January , dozens of people have already been arrested in Nigeria in terms of the new law."
Mangena further adds that, the South African government should seek to exert influence over other African countries to follow good human rights practices.
To read the article titled, “South Africa should speak up against homophobic laws: SAHRC,” click here .Source:Times Live
President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is under pressure from foreign aid donors and is facing a tough re-election battle.
Banda has promised forensic audit of suspected government corruption over the last decade.
She says the audit, which is backed by Britain and the European Union, will help reveal the extent of corruption in the impoverished southern African state.
To read the article titled, “Malawi promises forensic audit as donors freeze funds,” click here.Source:The Citizen
According to the 2013 Freedom House Report, Swaziland remains the last supreme autocratic monarchy on the continent and this has led to citizens facing various human rights violations under King Mswati III’s government.
The report finds that the parliamentary elections held in September 2013 have had no impact on reforming the escalating human rights and humanitarian crisis facing the country.
According to the United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS, one of the many violations for which the king has been openly criticised is the government’s negligent approach to its HIV/AIDS programme.
The country that has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world of 26 percent.
To read the article titled, “Eating cow dung while Mswati lives large: video,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that that think tanks are there to research issues such as service delivery.
ISS executive director, Jakkie Cilliers, says the perception that think tanks are there to criticise the government is not true.
Cilliers, who is of the view that think tanks are there to hold the government accountable on behalf of civil society, adds that they have the responsibility to look at how African leaders can invest their countries’ income.
To read the article titled, “Think tanks to hold governments accountable: ISS,” click here.Source:SABC News
Zambia rejects non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are calling for the distribution of condoms to inmates in prisons, saying the move will promote homosexuality and sodomy, which are against the country’s laws.
Some NGOs have been advocating for the distribution of condoms in prisons as a way of reducing sexually transmitted disease.
Home Affairs minister, Ngosa Simbyakula, states that government is not in support of the calls and asked what the condoms will be used for.
To read the article titled, “No to condoms in our jails, says Zambia,” click here.Source:News 24
The F.W. de Klerk Foundation has denied that former president, F.W. de Klerk, was under pressure to release all political prisoners, including the late former President, Nelson Mandela, from prison.
F.W. de Klerk Foundation, executive director, Dave Steward, who was the director-general in De Klerk's office at the time and government’s spokesperson, says De Klerk’s says the reason why government released political prisoners is because the apartheid policy had failed.
He says there would have been a catastrophe if the prisoners were not released.
To read the article titled, “De Klerk was not under pressure to release political prisoners: Foundation,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has described biological or chemical attacks, real or feigned, as an act of cowardice and terrorism.
The comment comes after the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (SANRAL) operations centre in Pretoria had to be shut down when white powder was found in an envelope.
Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) says that biological analysis of the powder shows it is not anthrax.
To read the article titled, “Justice Project SA condemns SANRAL anthrax scare,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Zambian vice president, Guy Scott, says he is disappointed that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are causing commotion over the draft constitution.
Dr. Scott explained that there is no new constitution and that what has been leaked is just a report on recommendations for the document.
The vice president was responding to questions from teachers who wanted to find out what stage the new constitution had reached following the perceived impasse between government and civil society organisations.
To read the article titled, “Some NGOs disappoint VEEP,” click here.Source:Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation