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Public Protector Candidates Urged to Quit Politics

Corruption Watch says the Public Protector candidates’ political affiliations will create a lack of confidence from the public.

The organisation states that as a parliamentary ad-hoc committee begins shortlisting 62 candidates to fill the role of public protector when Thuli Madonsela’s term ends in October, the contenders with political affiliations must resign from their respective parties.

Corruption Watch’s Bua Mzansi Campaign coordinator, Kavisha Pillay, says their campaign aims to oversee transparency by the ad-hoc committee formed to deal with the appointment.

Anti-Mugabe NGOs Wasted ‘Our Money’ – Diplomat

There is very little to show for the huge amounts of money invested in local pro-democracy groups over the years, a western envoy has lamented, adding that the non-governmental organisation sector has become as corrupt as the regime whose ouster it sought.

A diplomat who heads one of the western donor organisations in the country says that, “You can see that there (has been) no, or very little, change in the democracy situation in the country despite the civil society having been well resourced financially.”

​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.

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