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Malawi May Repatriate Citizens from SA

The Malawian government states that it would help repatriate its citizens from South Africa following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Durban that has left four people dead.
 
Malawi’s information Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, warns that, "The situation is really tense as about 360 Malawians are stranded in South Africa following xenophobic attacks there."
 
He further adds that the Malawians targeted have "lost everything", including their passports.
 

Zimbabwe Urged to Find Missing Activist

Amnesty International (AI) has called on the Zimbabwean authorities to ‘urgently’ step up their search efforts for abducted journalist and pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara and update the public on any progress so far, a month after his enforced disappearance.

A High Court judge last month ordered Zimbabwean police and state security agents to search for Itai Dzamara, including by advertising on radio and newspapers, and to give fortnightly updates to the Court.

SAHRC Slam Businesses for Rights Abuses

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has for the first time exposed human rights violations across multiple local sectors.

In its first report into human rights abuses in the local business sector, the SAHRC is concerned that all the issues raised five years ago by the International Institute for Human Rights and Business in a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council still plague the South African business sector.

Reward for Details on Missing Activism

As pressure mounts on the state to act on the disappearance of journalist and human rights activist, Itai Dzamara, a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) says it is planning to introduce a reward for anyone with information on the missing scribe.
 
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says it is going to start mobilising citizens to demonstrate against Dzamara's continued disappearance.
 

Amankwaa’s Tweets Spark Rage

The fate of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) soccer analyst, Coudjoe Amankwaa, who has sparked outrage with his homophobic comments on Twitter, is still in the balance.
 
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, “We don’t know exactly what happens until management deals with this. We can only comment afterwards. We can only gather what happened when he meets with his bosses.”
 
As outrage at the comments escalated, AIDS activist, Zackie Achmat, called Amankwaa’s tweet “the most ignorant for a while”.
 

Journo Manhandled Outside of Parliament

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has condemned the reported manhandling of a journalist by police outside Parliament.

News24 reporter Jan Gerber says he was forced to delete pictures.

The incident came ahead of President Jacob Zuma's first oral reply session of the year, which will start shortly.

To read the article titled, “Journalist manhandled outside of parliament,” click here.
 

Half of SA Over-Indebted: SAHRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that over half of South Africa's credit-active consumers are over-indebted.

SAHRC Western Cape provincial manager, Karam Singh, points out that, “Of 19 million credit-active consumers in South Africa, 50 percent had impaired credit records, three months plus in arrears.”

Singh says that the macro-economic system that South Africa has continues to favour historical wealth creation and that the country’s economic system perpetuates inequality and is characterised by weak regulatory oversight.

Global Slavery Index Criticised

Joel Quirk and André Broome say that the Global Slavery Index is profoundly flawed methodologically, yet it remains widely and often uncritically cited.

They criticise the ‘Global Slavery Index’, which they describe as ‘the most accurate and comprehensive measure of the extent and risk of modern slavery’.

However, Quirk and Broome are of the view that the Index contains what they call ‘highly suspect statistics’, adding that the inaugural 2013 index had been repeatedly criticised for using unreliable, incomplete and inappropriate data.

Call to Enforce Laws to Protect Women

The United Nations (UN) official driving the global women’s agenda has called on countries to ensure that laws enacted to protect women and girls are enforceable with strict consequences.

UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, points out that, “We will address complete access to education in all countries for girls.”

One in three women across the globe still face forms of sexual and physical violence, something she hopes will be drastically reduced as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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