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Mugabe Claims Mawarire Sponsored by Foreign Countries

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has accused pastor, Evan Mawarire – the man who organised a nationwide strike against the government - of being sponsored by foreign countries allegedly trying to destabilise his administration.

Mawarire was briefly arrested and charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government before being freed by a court in the capital, Harare. Hundreds of cheering supporters greeted his release.

The Right to Basic Education and Vuwani

According to media, police and government reports, as of Sunday, 8 May 2016, 24 schools had been burnt and/or vandalised in Vuwani, Limpopo. This was allegedly done in protest of a High Court decision that threw out the community’s bid not to be moved into the new Malamulele municipality. These actions have been strongly condemned by most commentators, including political parties, trade unions, civil society, the State and on social media.

SANEF Slams Attack on Journalists

The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has condemned the attack on two journalists from The Citizen newspaper, as well as on activists, after the funeral of slain anti-mining activist, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe.

Two of The Citizen’s journalists and two anti-mining activists were beaten at the funeral of Rhadebe on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast at a remote village near Mbizana on Saturday, 2 April 2016.

Rhadebe died in a hail of bullets two weeks ago when he was attacked by hitmen, apparently for his continued resistance to

Machel Endorses ‘Code Blue’ Campaign

Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique has added her voice to a growing campaign to block staff in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions from hiding behind immunity when accused of crimes and sexual abuse.

Graça Machel has added her voice to a campaign called ‘Code Blue’ that calls on the UN secretary general to immediately waver diplomatic immunity for all mission staff when complaints of sexual exploitation arise.

30 000 to March Against Xenophobia

Controversial Bishop Paul Verryn‚ Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor at University of the Witwatersrand and expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, are among those confirmed to address the People’s March Against Xenophobia‚ which takes place in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In a press statement, People's March Against Xenophobia points out that the march is being organised by “an emergency coalition convened to confront the horrors of xenophobia in South Africa‚ taking a stand to denounce the violence and embrace unity.”

Govt’s Ambitious Plan to End Xenophobia

Government has launched an ambitious campaign to prevent future outbreaks of xenophobic violence‚ aimed at changing the way South Africans think about foreigners.

Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, points out that, “Now that the situation is stabilising‚ the government is turning its attention to a long-term‚ sustainable intervention that will address the underlying mindsets that motivate these attacks in the first place. It is imperative that the root cause be addressed‚ and for mindsets to be transformed.”

Gbaffou Likens Xenophobia to Apartheid

The African Diaspora Forum has compared xenophobia to apartheid.

The Forum’s chairperson, Marc Gbaffou, points out that, “If people are being chased and burnt because of their origins, means we are facing a huge challenge.”

Gbaffou says that migrants in South Africa are not here to take away the wealth of this country, also appealing to locals to rather allow foreign nationals doing business here to share business ideas with them.

Dialogue Can Address Violence in SA: Experts

Senior lecturer of trauma and violence at University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Malusi Langa, says violent protests in the country are an indication of deep seated problems that South Africans need to talk openly about.

Langa, who like other experts call for an honest conversation about violence in the country, says an honest dialog about the causes of violence and South Africa’s history will help in addressing the problem.

Service Delivery Protest Turns Violent

Police are on high alert in the at Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia in Gauteng, after service delivery protests turned violent.

One person has been shot dead and at least three have been injured when Thembelihle residents clashed with residents of neighbouring Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubele, points out that, “We tried to remove people from the streets which were blocked. They resisted and we had to fire rubber bullets as well as tear gas to disperse them.”

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