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Tensions Have Risen At #FeesMustFall Protests

As organisations that work to protect and advance the right to protest, we note with concern the situation on various university campuses across the country.

Tensions have risen to an all-time high with the shutdown of many universities across the country, the widespread use of force, interdicts, arrests, private security and police brutality on campuses.

Term-Limit Changes the Biggest Threat to Democracy in Africa?

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn’t time he said farewell to the people of Zimbabwe, he replied: ‘Why, where are they going?’

On a serious note, he also angrily told journalists who asked about his decades-long presidency: ‘Have you ever asked the Queen that question, or is it just for African leaders?’ According to Mugabe: ‘Only God who appointed me can remove me’.

NGOs Criticised Over the Disabled

Non-governmental organisations working in Mzimba have been blamed for showing no interest to work with people with disabilities in the district.

Director for Chimwemwe Persons with Disabilities who is also chairperson of Federation of People with Disabilities in the district (FEDOMA) Francis Jere, said during a Memorandum of Understanding with Limbikira Foundation to strengthen working relationship.
 
He said most of the NGOs working in the district shun to work with people with disability for reasons best known to themselves.

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.

Silicosis and Tuberculosis on the Gold Mines

Many people have lost loved ones due to awful diseases such as silicosis and tuberculosis. Silicosis is a lung disease that is incurable. It is caused by inhaling silica dust from gold-bearing rocks over a prolonged period. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, fever and chest pains. People often confuse silicosis with tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Like silicosis it also affects the lungs but can affect other parts of the body as well.

SA Should Keep Standing Up Against Violence Against LGBT Persons – At Home and Abroad

As the spotlight falls on the adoption of South Africa’s landmark Constitution, 20 years ago this year, one of its striking features -- the inclusion of the first-ever constitutional guarantee of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation -- is also under global scrutiny.

​Heyns Elected Member of UNHRC

Former Dean of Law Faculty and former Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, Professor Christof Heyns, has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Heyns, who previously served as United Nations Special Rapporteur, was nominated by the South African government.

Meanwhile, Heyns states that he appreciates and values the support that the university has given him while serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial summary and arbitrary executions over the past six years.

NGO Demands Motsoeneng Steps Down

Right2Know (R2K) has handed over a memorandum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) asking for the public broadcaster to end its self-censorship.

Micah Reddy‚ the media freedom organiser from R2K‚ says the SABC had gone from being a proud public broadcaster to a public relations machine for Luthuli House‚ the headquarters of the African National Congress.

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