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Groups Urge Govt to Tackle Xenophobia

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the International Federation for Human Rights are calling on the government to reinforce their human rights-based legal framework in order to prevent and redress human rights violations against migrants.

LHR spokesperson, Patricia Erasmus, points out that there are too many misconceptions about foreigners, adding that, "It does not take into account the circumstances under which people document themselves in South Africa.”

CSOs Tell Govt to Stop Mining Diamond

The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) and Chiadzwa Community Development Trust (CCDT) are deeply concerned that government is going ahead with merging Marange diamond companies without consulting key stakeholders.

Government has finally acknowledged that diamond mining companies in Marange have not been transparent.

This means consolidating the same companies into one unit will not improve transparency since the same players will import their corrupt practices into the new entity, says a statement by the two non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

SADC NGO Condemns Xenophobic Attacks

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of NGOs has condemned the spate of deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The SADC Council of NGOs based in Gaborone, Botswana says the recent attacks should be ‘condemned in the strongest possible terms’ by all peace-loving people.

The organisation states that, “The events have erupted from simmering anger and hostility in South Africa as people lash out in violence against other Africans for what they perceive as the undue advantages they enjoy.”

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.
 

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