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SANEF Welcomes Ruling on Hlophe Hearings

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed a High Court ruling that Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s hearing before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) should be open to the media.

“Media groups and the Freedom of Expression Institute made an urgent application to the court that in the interests of 'open justice' and the fact that the issues were of high public interest, the hearings should be conducted in public,” SANEF said in a  press statement.

SJC Wants SAHRC to Join Shaik Parole Court Bid

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to join its court bid for a review of how Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole.

The coalition says it wrote to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour almost two weeks ago and asked him to institute a high court review of the grounds on which Shaik was released.

They also want an independent panel of medical experts nominated by the SAHRC and the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons to examine Shaik and submit reports to the court.

Kader Asmal Speaks on Ethics

Former Minister of Education and Water Affairs and Forestry Kader Asmal, delivered the Helen Joseph Memorial Lecture on 28 October 2008 at the University of Johannesburg. His lecture was entitled ‘Law, morality and ethics in public life in South Africa’.

His address came just days after former African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Mosiuoa Lekota wrote an open letter to the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, criticising the newly-elected leadership for forsaking values of the Freedom Charter.

NGO Leadership Challenges: Creating a Space for Reflection

NGO leaders face extraordinary challenges which are very distinct from those faced by leaders in government and the private sector. They often function in isolated and unsupported circumstances, and are faced with a set of complex and interrelated challenges relating to NGOs’ social change mission, increased pressure for accountability and transparency, the need for unquestioned integrity and to maximise limited resources, and the ability to network and position their organisations in an uncertain external and political environment.

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