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NGO Condemns Police Brutality

A Botswana coalition of civil society organisations has condemned police brutality in Zimbabwe and urged President Ian Khama, the Southern African Development Community chairperson, to intervene.

In a press statement, the coalition, the Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe, is concerned about the police brutality, in response to the ongoing civil protests in Zimbabwe.

​IEC Happy With Smooth' Start to Elections

Community protest action delayed the casting of special votes on Monday, 1 August 2016, in six municipalities‚ although a majority of voting stations opened on time in what the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said was a smooth beginning for the polls.

Three motor vehicle accidents and four minor incidents of incorrect ballot papers being delivered mark the start of South Africa’s fifth local government election‚ with the majority of South Africans set to cast their ballots between 7h00 and 19h00 on 3 August 2016.

​IEC Target of Political Protests: ISS

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is becoming a target for political protests.

ISS Crime and Justice Hub Manager, Lizette Lancaster, briefed a seminar on the causes of protests, focusing on violent protests.

Vuwani residents in Limpopo have vowed to block the IEC from holding the Local Government Elections on August 3.

​Moz CSOs to Embark on Protests

Eleven Mozambican civil society organisations have announced their intention to hold a peaceful march through the streets of central Maputo on 18 June 2016, in protest against the current political and military situation in the country.

The organisers say that the march, under the theme ‘For the Right to Hope’ is being held because of “the situation the country is going through, particularly in the politico-military sphere, with a generalised impact on the circulation of people and goods throughout our territory, damaging the living conditions of the population.”

Green Climate Fund to Announce Projects

The United Nations’ flagship Green Climate Fund will announce its first projects at a board meeting, which runs from 2-5 November 2015 in Zambia.

According to Ed King, eight funding proposals worth US$168 million were recently published on its website, three targeted in Africa, two in Latin American and the others in Fiji, the Maldives and Bangladesh.

Service Delivery Protest Turns Violent

Police are on high alert in the at Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia in Gauteng, after service delivery protests turned violent.

One person has been shot dead and at least three have been injured when Thembelihle residents clashed with residents of neighbouring Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubele, points out that, “We tried to remove people from the streets which were blocked. They resisted and we had to fire rubber bullets as well as tear gas to disperse them.”

NGO to March for Proper Sanitation

Members of Ses'Khona People's Rights movement say they will take to the streets of Cape Town once again to highlight the lack of proper sanitation in poor communities.

Nine leaders were found guilty by the Bellville Regional Court last week of contravening the Civil Aviation Act after they threw human waste at the Cape Town International Airport last year.

Members of Ses'Khona say they are planning a big march in Cape Town next month, because despite several attempts to force the city to address sanitation issues, nothing has been done.

Zim Strike Hits the Poorest the Hardest

Nationwide stay away by doctors’ hits hospitals, with all but the most critically ill are turned away.
 
The doctors’ strike began two weeks ago and is now in full swing with senior doctors having joined as well as doctors in rural district hospitals.
 
In a country struggling with an economic slowdown, the strike has hit the poorest the hardest and negotiations between the doctors and the government have not been successful.
 

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).”
 

Global March Against Poaching

Thousands marched in Africa and around the world on 4 October 2014 to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.
 
The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo.
 
In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities.
 

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