• Improved Conditions at Modise’s Farm: NSPCA

    The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) says that conditions at the North West farm belonging to National Council of Provinces chairperson, Thandi Modise, have improved.

    In a press statement, NSPCA spokesperson, Grace de Lange, says that, “Cattle on the farm have been supplied with sufficient food and appear to be in an acceptable condition.”

    De Lange argues that the farm management sought, obtained, and acted upon veterinary guidance as advised by the NSPCA, after police and NSPCA inspectors found starving and dead animals on the farm Modderfontein, near Potchefstroom, in July 2014.

    To read the article titled, “Better conditions at Thandi Modise’s farm,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Zim Urged to Guarantee Safety of Journos

    The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a global media watchdog, urges Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by the police.
    Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her.
    The CPJ states that, Zivira was attacked with batons after filming police beating street vendors and others.
    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe urged to guarantee safety of journalists,” click here.

    News 24
  • Minister Favours SAHRC Office at Lindela

    Following numerous reports of abuse, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to establish an office at the Lindela Repatriation Centre.
    This month the home affairs portfolio committee convened a meeting at which parliamentarians called for ‘a special meeting’ with the department and the SAHRC to deal with issues regarding Lindela Repatriation Centre.
    Gigaba says he will not like to see an ‘antagonistic’ relationship with the commission, adding that he visited the Centre to gather first-hand information about reported abuses at the centre before a special meeting with the committee.
    To read the article titled, “SAHRC invited to set up shop in Lindela,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Zambia Tackles Gender Parity in Land Reforms

    Rights organisation, Gender Links, says that, "Cultural practices and customary laws in Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) limit women's ability to access, own and control means of production such as land and livestock."
    The organisation believes that the inability by women to access means of production has had an impact on their economic independence and ability to move out of poverty.
    Statistics indicate that women's access to land for food production is critical to the welfare of the entire region as women are primarily responsible for maintaining households.
    To read the article titled, “Tackling gender parity in land reforms,” click here.

    All Africa
  • SERI-SA to Fight ‘Inhumane’ Evictions

    The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI-SA) is assisting Lesiba Matlaila (71), Sophie Kgomare (71) and Kgomare’s daughter, with their application against their eviction from 236 Wilson Street, Fairlands, were they resided for four decades.

    The organisation states that there are numerous personal circumstances, unique to this case, which the court must take into account.

    It says that All Building and Cleaning Services, a property development company, has flouted its duty in terms of meaningful engagement in its eviction efforts, instead resorting to coercion tactics to remove the three people.

    To read the article titled, “Rights group fights 'inhumane' eviction,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Call for Responsible Social Media Use

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) urged the public to use social networking sites responsibly.
    The call came after the commission resolved a case involving, Ziyaad Kayat, who made anti-semitic statements.
    In a message sent to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Facebook page, Kayat, stated that, "All Jews are pigs and I think we should kill you SA Jews and kill your kids and let you feel what the Palestinians are feeling."
    The SAJBD laid a complaint with the SAHRC which found that Kayat's comments were in contravention of, among other laws, Section 16 of the South African Constitution.
    To read the article titled, “SAHRC calls for responsible use of social media after man calls for SA Jews to be killed,” click here.

    Times Live
  • SAHRC Says Prisoners’ Rights Are Violated

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the right to a healthy environment of the suspects detained at Maake police station outside Tzaneen in Limpopo has been violated.
    About 51 awaiting trial inmates are reportedly forced to relieve themselves in plastic bags and on their clothes because the police station did not have water.
    SAHRC spokesperson, Victor Mavhidula, points out that, “We have not yet visited the police station. We will visit the police station and see if there is any other contingency plan that the management are implementing to assist the inmates. I think the situation is very serious if people are being locked up and they are not being provided with water and they cannot go to the toilet.”
    To read the article titled, “Awaiting trial inmates violated: Human Rights Commission,” click here.

    SABC News
  • MISA Challenges National Assembly Ban

    The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia, has challenged the alleged decision of the National Assembly to bar its members from covering the opening of the Fourth Session of the 11th National Assembly.

    MISA described the decision as discriminatory and a violation of press freedom.

    MISA board chairperson, Hellen Mwale, asked the Lusaka High Court to declare that the move by the National Assembly and Zambia News and Information Services to bar its members from entering the Parliament precincts to cover the event, on 19 September 2014, is discriminatory and contrary to Article 23 of the Constitution.

    To read the article titled, “MISA challenges Parley ‘ban’,” click here.

    Times of Zambia
  • Nzimande Calls NW University an Apartheid Enclave

    Minister of higher education and training, Blade Nzimande, believes the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus is an apartheid enclave - a hostile and foreign environment for people who are not white Afrikaners.

    Following a video clip showing students performing the Nazi-styled ‘Heil Puk’ salute, Nzimande was scornful of the university’s previous vice-chancellor, Theuns Eloff, who retired just after the video emerged, stating that he had not been prepared to transform Pukke - the traditional name for the Potchefstroom campus of North West University.

    Nzimande is of the view that the merger of the three former universities in 2004 - Potchefstroom, Vaal and Mafikeng - had been designed to keep the Potchefstroom campus Afrikaans and white, where initiation rituals for new students were structured to achieve this, and violate human rights and dehumanise first-year students.

    To read the article titled, “Campus an ‘apartheid enclave’,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Mokonyane Urges Rand Water to Communicate Better

    Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane's office urges Rand Water to work closer and to communicate better with communities regarding water supply interruptions and other challenges.

    Speaking at a meeting with the board, Mokonyane reminds the board that “[as a member]… you have a responsibility towards the communities you serve."

    The board had to close the gap between their commitment to communities and what was eventually delivered, it also had to look at their current way of doing things, and how it could possibly be changed for positive results.

    To read the article titled, “Mokonyane: Rand Water must communicate better,” click here.

    News 24
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