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​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.”

Reaching Consensus in Parliament

Amid all the excitement of last week’s accusations about undue influence in Cabinet appointments, two noteworthy decisions were made in Parliament. In the long term, they may turn out to be just as important as the exposure of suspicious activities involving the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma. The decisions in question also demonstrate that the work of Parliament goes much deeper than the apparent circus that is regrettably often depicted on our screens. 

ANC Stalwarts Concerned About the Future of SA

Three organisations representing the African National Congress stalwarts issued a powerful appeal to the ruling party to implement urgent ‘corrective’ actions against state capture and other threats to democracy.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s name – on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation – is listed at the end of the letter that was sent to the National Executive Committee.

Missing Activist: Hundreds Demand Answers

On 9 March 2016, hundreds rallied in Zimbabwe's capital over the shadowy disappearance of an opposition activist a year ago, as the United State-led calls for a probe into ‘politically-motivated violence’.

Protesters including opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, demanded that President Robert Mugabe release information on how Itai Dzamara, a former journalist and harsh regime critic, was seized by unidentified men.

Rights group, Amnesty International, says Dzamara's disappearance highlights a culture of impunity for human-rights violations in Zimbabwe.

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