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Xenophobia Discussed at SADC

South Africa has continued to face questions about the recent xenophobic violence directed at African immigrants.

The issue was raised during a discussion on migration on the side-lines of the 37th Session of the South African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum meeting in Durban.

SANRAL Denies JPSA’s Licence Claim

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has scorned claims by Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) that a motorist was allegedly prevented from renewing his licence disk due to an outstanding e-toll debt.

In a press statement, SANRAL points out that, “Justice Project South Africa has become aware of the fact that members of the public are being refused licence disc renewals for their vehicles and that misinformation and often outrageous explanations as to why this is happening are prolific.”

Court Orders Release of Lawyer and Editors

The Supreme Court in Swaziland has ordered the release of human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and editor, Bheki Makhubu.

Maseko and Makhubu were convicted of contempt of court and sentenced to two years in prison in March 2014.

According to the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which has supported their case, their release follows an appeal against their conviction, which was not opposed by the directorate of public prosecutions.

Zim, NGOs Bicker Over Diamond Sales

The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme intercessional plenary meeting took place in Luanda, Angola, this month with Zimbabwe and some Western nations and human rights groups renewing their hostilities.

Resource Exploitation Watch chairperson, Tafadzwa Musarara, and some government insiders are accusing the West of trying to block trade in Zimbabwean gems alleging that they might be laundered through the sale of diamonds in the United Arab Emirates which is under intense scrutiny.

Trafficked Children Returned Home

A South African minor is said to be suffering from malaria after allegedly being abducted and trafficked to Malawi.

A delegation led by the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, together with Interpol will be heading to Malawi to bring home the relatives.

Dlamini says the case highlights the need for society as a whole to be vigilant about the trafficking of children.

SAHRC: Medical Waste Incinerator Violates Rights

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that EnviroServ’s regional medical waste incineration facility in Bloemfontein compromises community members’ right to a clean environment.
 
The SAHRC investigated after residents complained that the company’s incinerator has been billowing out large volumes of smoke during the day and night for the past two years.
 
The commission argues that as a result, the air in the area is polluted, affecting the health of residents in the area.
 

Child Protection Week Launched

The Department of Social Development has launched the Child Protection Week, a period in which all are encouraged to ensure that children are protected from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
 
Foster Care Child Welfare’s Edwin Mutambanengwe, says that South Africa is making good progress in protecting children.
 
Mutambanengwe is of the view that government is directly involved in ensuring the protection of children.
 

SA Urged to Arrest Bashir

The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) says it has written an open letter to the South African ministers of Justice and of International Relations and Co-operation, asking that South Africa abide by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 27 of 2002 (the ICC Act).
 
SALC executive director, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, states that South Africa's own law and its membership of the ICC obliges it to apprehend Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan Al Bashir, if he attends the African Union summit next month.
 

Zim Govt Stifling Media Expression: Amnesty

Rights group, Amnesty International, says the Zimbabwean government's continuing stranglehold on community radio in the country is stifling media expression.

In a press statement, the organisation’s director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena argues that, "Despite promises and laws enacted more than 14 years ago to free up the airwaves for much needed community radio services, the government of Zimbabwe has failed to deliver on its promises and commitments.”

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