Govt Puts LGBTI Issues on 16 Days Agenda

At a seminar on the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko, included the gay and lesbian community in the agenda of the campaign.

Mazibuko says while the provincial government remains concerned about the high incidence of violence against women, children and vulnerable people, including the elderly, the concern should be extended to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

I Never Saw it Coming... Assaulted at the Bree Street Taxi Rank

It was Tuesday evening around 6pm; I left Braamfontein heading for the Bree Taxi rank to catch a taxi home. There are two routes to my home - Wilgeheuwel in Roodepoort, either via Clearwater Mall or Honeydew. If my husband doesn’t come to pick me up, I usually take a taxi to Honeydew from Braamfontein. On this fateful day I had to pass through Bree taxi rank to buy vegetables.

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre: Trainer

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) is a multi-disciplinary centre that promotes the rights of women to live free of violence and have access to adequate and appropriate services. This is done through the provision of free legal services and litigation, public education, research and advocacy.

TLAC seeks to appoint a Trainer, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The person will be responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing strategic training and education activities identified by TLAC.

This is a twelve-month renewable contract position.

Call for Investigation Into Councillor’s Death

The Solidarity Campaign says Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, must investigate the killing of African National Congress councillor Pauline Masutlhe in Marikana, allegedly by a rubber bullet.

In a press statement, its spokesperson, Mark Heywood, points out that, “We call on the minister of police to immediately initiate an urgent investigation into Pauline Masutlhe’s death, and for the immediate identification and suspension of the police officers involved in her murder.”

Fear, Anger and Avarice: How Not to Craft Solutions to Violence

Over the past few weeks, the South African media has been dominated by accounts of violence. Miles of newspaper columns, clouds of web space and hours of radio talk time have been dominated by the killings of miners and police at Marikana. If you are in the Western Cape, the Marikana massacre has jostled for space with reports of gang and vigilante violence on the Cape Flats that has taken the lives of an almost equal number of people over the past two months.

Zimbabweans Fear Violence Ahead of Elections

An opinion poll conducted by Afrobarometer shows fears of political violence breaking out during elections next year persist among Zimbabwean voters.

The study, titled ‘Voting Intentions in Zimbabwe: A Margin of Terror?’ notes that "Zimbabweans remain deeply concerned about political violence".

88 percent of the respondents think that multiparty competition ‘often’ or ‘always’ leads to violent conflict. 63 percent of Zimbabweans say that during an election campaign they personally fear becoming a victim of political intimidation and violence.

ICON Calls for Dialogue to End Violence

The International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON) has called for national dialogue on how to end violence in South Africa.

In a press statement, ICON director, Crispen Hemson, who argues that our societal structures continue to be caught up with violence, is of the view that, "Political action has consisted too much on identifying one or other groups as the enemy."

Hemson was reacting to the killing of 34 protesters at Lonmin mine in Marikana after police opened fire on them.

Lonmin Example of 'Exploitation', Says NGO

The Bench Marks Foundation says the violent situation at Lonmin's Marikana mine is an example of exploitation by the mines.

In a press statement, the organisations points out that, "The benefits of mining are not reaching the workers or the surrounding communities."

It argues that lack of employment opportunities for local youth, squalid living conditions, unemployment and growing inequalities contribute to ‘this mess’.


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