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.”
To read the article titled, “Thembelihle is burning: TCC,” click here.Source:SABC News
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.
To read the article titled, “Ses'Khona to march again for proper sanitation,” click here.Source:SABC News
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.
To read the article titled, “Zim strike casts patient care aside,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
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.Source:IOL News
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.
To read the article titled, “Elephant poaching: thousands march worldwide for wildlife protection,” click here.Source:The Guardian
Report shows that protestors have been unjustly targeted in troubled settlements such as Thembelihle in the Northern Cape.
Bhayiza Miya, a politically and media savvy leader, has lost six of his teeth and a month of his life to community protests in Thembelihle, where he has been arrested, prosecuted and forcefully warned by police to stay away from big gatherings.
Miya says that they are planning to go back to the streets, where there will be a peaceful march, however “…The police will come. When they arrive in that situation they will do what they normally do: they will start firing on us to get us to disperse.”
To read the article titled, “Law used to 'clamp down on dissent',” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers is expected to visit the mining areas again where they have been providing striking workers with food parcels for the past five weeks.
The organisation says though it will continue to provide aid to the most affected families, they have to now dig deep into their coffers to keep on supplying aid.
Its spokesperson, Emily Thomas, says it is frustrating that the negotiations to end the strike remain at loggerheads, this is despite concerned parties reaching an agreement on the latest wage offer.
To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers to provide aid to striking workers,” click here.Source:SABC News
Swaziland police officers have illegally abducted prodemocracy leaders over the weekend, drove them 30 kilometres away, and dumped them to prevent them from taking part in a meeting calling for freedom in the kingdom.
The police officers staged roadblocks on all major roads leading to Swaziland's main commercial city, Manzini, where protests were to be held.
The intended protests were part of the annual 12 April commemorations in that country, following King Sobhuza II Royal proclamation dissolving parliament, banning political parties and placing all power in the kingdom in the hands of the monarchy on 12 April 1973.
To read the article titled, “Police abduct democracy leaders,” click here.Source:All Africa
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a ‘warning’ to the South African government, that human rights are ‘taking a turn for the worst’ in the country, citing attacks on the free press and escalating police violence as the main reasons for the regression.
HRW’s Southern Africa director, Tiseke Kasambala, says that while South Africa remain a ‘beacon of hope’ on the continent, its human rights legacy is gradually being eroded.
"There is an increasingly violent reaction to peaceful protests in South Africa. It seems that every time there are protests in South Africa, the police are heavy-handed, and use excessive force. We want to see President [Jacob] Zuma and his government make clear that the police must abide by international standards, and use proportionate force," explains Kasambala.
To read the article titled, “Lethal force: SA warned on human rights,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says the killing of two protesters by police in Mothutlung in Brits, North West, is an outrage.
In a press statement, CASAC states that citizens expected lessons would have been learned and remedial action taken after the killing of Andries Tatane in April 2011, the Marikana shootings in August 2012, and the killing of Mido Macio in Daveyton in February 2013.
“So far no one has been held to account for the killings of Tatane, Macio, and the dead of Marikana. The failure to act against the perpetrators of these killings will only serve to undermine respect for the rule of law,” it warns.
To read the article titled, “CASAC outraged at Brits protester killings,” click here.Source:IOL News