• Hate Speech Ahead of Zambian Election

    President of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) monitoring Zambia’s election, Lewis Mwape, says his organisation has noted with concern increasing levels of hate speech among several political leaders.

    Mwape states that tribal talk and branding of political competitors is retrogressive and does not only deter democracy but also threatens national security.

    He says the council has also observed that ambitious promises have heightened in the campaigns.

    To read the article titled, “Hate speech worry monitors,” click here.

    Daily Mail
  • YALI Criticises NGOs Political Stance

    The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has expressed concern that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Zambia are getting involved in partisan politics and active campaigns for political candidates.

    YALI governance advisor, Isaac Mwanza, says even if he believes in the right of NGOs to be critical of government and politicians, he also believes that civil society organisations must avoid the temptation of engaging in active partisan politics that favour one candidate against another.

    Mwanza states that YALI will not join in campaigns aimed at undermining any candidate in Zambia’s electoral process irrespective of the fact that they may hold views that are different from those being championed by presidential candidates.

    To read the article titled, “YALI disappointed with NGOs political stance,” click here.

    UK Zambians
  • Civil Society Warned Over ‘Regime Change Agenda’

    Zimbabwean civil society has been urged to drop the ‘narrow’ ‘regime change agenda’ and refocus on political, social and economic reforms which have a direct bearing on the lives of Zimbabweans.

    This recommendation was made by Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya, director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), a local political think tank, in its recently published policy document titled ‘Priorities for Civil Society-Donors Engagement in Zimbabwe’.

    Dr Ruhanya is of the view that the articulation of the national question and practices in terms of the ‘will to power’ is the fundamental problem facing Zimbabwe at this historical juncture.

    To read the article titled, “Drop ‘regime change’ agenda: ZDI tells NGOs,” click here.

    Nehanda Radio
  • Small Business Minister Taken to Task

    The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship says the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has been taken to task for not engaging with relevant experts in a sector that is at a critical low point in South Africa.

    The centre’s director, Dr Michael Herrington, states that the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) shows that during the past 14 years, between six and 10 percent of the adult population in South Africa were in the process or considering starting a business.

    Herrington, who is also the executive director of the GEM and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, argues that South Africa’s entrepreneurial levels are about 25 percent of countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia.

    To read the article titled, “Small business minister taken to task,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • HSF in Court Over Dramat’s Suspension

    The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has launched an urgent application to overturn the suspension of Hawks commander lieutenant general, Anwa Dramat – as well as the appointment of the acting head, major general, Berning Ntlemeza.

    Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko purported to suspend Dramat on 23 December 2014 and appointed Ntlemeza to act in his stead.

    In papers filed at the Pretoria high court, HSF director, Francis Antonie, argues: “The minister’s decisions are clearly unlawful. The minister does not have the power to suspend the national head in the manner in which he has purported to do.”

    To read the article titled, “Suzman Foundation challenges Dramat's suspension in court,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Zapiro Warns of Shrinking Media Freedom

    Following the killing of 12 people at France's Charlie Hebdo weekly, renowned cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro known as Zapiro warns of shrinking media freedom.

    Zapiro, whose drawings are published by the Mail & Guardian, told the paper he hoped the attack in Paris "doesn't have a further chilling effect on satirists, commentators and journalists; any free thinkers in society".

    The cartoonist who has been twice sued by President Jacob Zuma, calls out South African politicians for their repeated attacks on the media, urging political leaders, corporate leaders and corporations in general to stand up more than they do against the narrowing of freedom of expression.

    To read the article titled, “Zapiro warns of shrinking media freedom,” click here.

    News 24
  • Namibia’s SWAPO Leads Preliminary Poll Results

    According to a second round of preliminary results, Namibia's ruling party looks set for a sixth straight election victory.
    With slightly more than half of votes counted, the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) party - in power since 1990 - was leading the polls with 77 percent.
    The Electoral Commission of Namibia has released the first round of preliminary data putting SWAPO in the lead with slightly more than 66 percent of the vote.
    To read the article titled, “Namibia’s Swapo leads preliminary poll results,” click here.

    News 24
  • Underperforming MPs Overwork Madonsela

    Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs.
    Delivering the Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Johannesburg, Manuel said members of parliament and legislatures receive almost R1 million each to do constituency work.
    He says if they were more in touch with the people they represent, Madonsela will not get so many complaint, adding that, it is up to civil society to keep democracy in check and energise it.
    To read the article titled, “Deadbeat public reps overwork Madonsela – Manuel,” click here.

    City Press
  • ANC, Ses’khona to Thrash Out Problems

    The African National Congress’ (ANC) provincial executive committee in the Western Cape has given the green light for high-level talks with the Ses’khona People’s Movement, following an attack on controversial poo-throwing activist, Andile Lili.
    The ANC and Ses’khona have been at loggerheads recently over what the people’s movement dubbed ‘political meddling in a job-creation project it had with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).”
    And after Ses’khona publicly blamed the ANC for the attack on Lili, the provincial leadership resolved to meet Ses’khona to smooth over the troubles and thrash out a common approach to the challenges of housing, sanitation and jobs.
    To read the article titled, “ANC, Ses’khona to thrash out problems,” click here.

    IOL News
  • SANEF Welcomes Review of e.tv Practices

    The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has welcomed the decision by e.tv to review its editorial management practices.

    In a press statement, SANEF chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, points out that, "Council has noted developments regarding allegations of editorial interference at eNCA implicating politicians, shareholders and senior executives."

    Mkhabela says SANEF welcomes the e.tv decision to launch the review of the channel’s editorial management practices to safeguard editorial independence and credibility of news coverage.  

    To read the article titled, “Editors' forum welcomes review of e.tv practices,” click here.

    Fin 24
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