One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members.
Non-governmental organisation, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), says the country’s youth find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
The organisations states that the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has affected mostly the country’s youth, who find themselves jobless and at the mercy of politicians who use them to engage in political violence.
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 South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has voiced its concerns over recent political killings in the build-up to the 3 August 2016 local government elections.
The commission has also welcomed Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko's decision to form a special task team that will investigate politically linked killings around the country.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.”
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.