DA to Report Groups to SAHRC Over Racist Slogans

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will report several far-right groups to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), following a protest in which far-right groups carried posters displaying racist slogans in Delmas, Mpumalanga.

The party’s Anthony Benadie, who believes that the posters, which read “Black cowards – leave our women and children alone”, “Steal, rape, murder: We are finished with Black South Africa” and “Barbarians leave our children alone”, contradict the bill of rights in the South African constitution.

Rights Groups Slam Attack on Woman

Gender rights organisations have expressed dismay that another woman has been assaulted at Umlazi’s notorious Unit 17 hostel for wearing trousers.

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre’s (TLAC) Lisa Vetten, points out that the latest incident suggested women are dealing with a problem of culture at the hostel.

Vetten is of the view that the izinduna (headmen) running Unit 17 need to attend training on gender equality and take a much stronger stand against these incidents.

Police Violence on the Rise – NGO

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that police violence appears to be on the rise.

ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, points out that, “There are on average 100 police officers killed in this country every year and so these are things that go on in the minds of police officials,” he explains.

He adds that this still does not excuse the police from acting outside the law themselves and says that he thinks that this is something that the public would want to have much more assurances on.

Media Attention Needed for Cyber Abuse

Facebook, the world’s most popular social network with over 750 million members, has become an everyday feature of modern society, allowing users to stay connected with people from all across the globe. However, the relative ease with which it is possible to become ‘friends’ with total strangers on the social networking platform has resulted in some women becoming victims of cyber crime.

Facebook Insecurities Lead to Abuse

Three months after giving birth to my son, I discovered that we were both HIV positive.  My boyfriend, the baby’s father, tried to blame me. At that time, we lived 400 kilometres away from each other. He had already told me that his sexual desires were causing him to go and seek satisfaction outside our relationship, but he insinuated that it was someone in my past, and not him who had given me HIV. I lost all hope in finding true love and a man who'll love me and protect me.

RDPs Allocated to Legitimate Beneficiaries – Govt

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements says the RDP houses in the Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg, have been allocated to ‘bona fide’ South Africans.

In his reaction to accusations by residents of that township that foreigners are being allocated houses ahead of locals, the department spokesperson, Motsamai Motlhaolwa, points out that, “We understand the frustration of the waiting people but it does not justify using threats and inciting xenophobia.”

NGOs Criticise Minister Over Rights Abuses

Rights groups are accusing Zimbabwe's Justice and Legal Affairs Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, of trying to fend off probes into allegations of human rights abuses perpetrated by President Robert Mugabe's regime since the country's independence in 1980.

These organisations fear that Chinamasa could prevent investigations into violations perpetrated by ZANU-PF in the 1980s and push the commission to investigate the post 2008 abuses.

Southern Africa: We Must Protect Women from Cyber Violence

Most people see Facebook as a fun way to chat with friends, post pictures and keep up with news. Social networking has become such a large part of our lives it sometimes seems it has always been around. However, it is a relatively new phenomenon and one women need to be cautious about, especially new, young and inexperienced users.

Concerns Over Possible Election Violence

The Zambian police, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), civil society and observer missions have all expressed concerns of possible violence that could be triggered by the refusal of losing parties or candidates to concede defeat, in that country’s elections.

ECZ spokesperson, Cris Akufuna, is calling for peace during and after the elections, adding that the commission hopes to announce the results within 48 hours.


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