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11 May, 2009
A Zimbabwean court has approved bail for 17 Zimbabwe opposition activists, a day after they were re-imprisoned for planning to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s regime. Elinor Sisulu, Director of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, has been quoted as saying that although the activists have been granted bail, next month’s trial will still go ahead. The group of arrested activists includes members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and prominent human rights activist and director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, Jestina Mukoko.
11 May, 2009
Civil society groups have praised outgoing Social Development Minister, Zola Skweyiya, for playing an important role in creating a support network for poor and unemployed people in the country. In a press statement, the National Working Group on Comprehensive Social Security Reform, points out that Skweyiya, who announced his retirement from parliament, played a pivotal role in directing debates and proposals towards a more progressive comprehensive social security system.
6 May, 2009
The trial of the 18 Zimbabwe human rights activists, whose bail was revoked after prosecutors filed a formal indictment, is set to begin on 4 June 2009. Prominent human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and the 17 others were taken back into custody, just two months after their release on bail over an alleged plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe. Three of the activists are still in hospital recovering from injuries they received at the hands of security forces.
6 May, 2009
Minister in the Presidency, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, says that South Africa has soared from 17th place to third position in the global ranking of women in Parliament following the April 22 elections. “Our country is now only behind Rwanda at 56 percent and Sweden at 47 percent," she said. Tshabalala-Msimang points out that this achievement tranlates to an 11 percent increase in the national assembly’s representations from 34 to 45 percent.
6 May, 2009
A nearly-final version of Windows 7 made its world debut, giving people a chance to tell Microsoft what they love or hate about the new-generation operating system. Microsoft is making a Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) available as the global software giant puts finishing touches on an operating system that it hopes will escape criticism heaped on its predecessor Vista.
6 May, 2009
Human rights lawyers, NGOs and the families of victims of a racist white bomber have slammed outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe for trying to push through presidential pardons before his term expires. Motlanthe was interdicted by High Court Judge Willie Seriti from granting pardons, after a group, including Freedom of Expression Institute, Legal Resources Centre, Human Rights Media Centre and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, argued that it will be unconstitutional for the President to grant pardons without consulting the victims first.
5 May, 2009
Home Affairs minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, says that Zimbabweans are welcome to enter the country without visas, a change expected to slow the flow of thousands of asylum seekers from the troubled northern neighbour. Mapisa-Nqakula points out that Zimbabweans no longer need to apply and pay for visas before travelling to South Africa. Instead, they can apply for a free 90-day visitor's permit at the border. She states that Zimbabwe citizens can also apply to do casual work while in South Africa.
5 May, 2009
Zimbabwe's central bank took hundreds of millions of euros from private bank accounts, including €300 000 from a bank account belonging to Hivos, a Dutch development organisation. Director of Hivos’ regional office in Harare, Corina Straatsma, points out that €90 000 is still missing although the rest has been paid back.
5 May, 2009
The Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) says the results of the national election show that the African National Congress (ANC) has lost support among minority groups and could be alienating the country’s middle class. In its latest report on the elections, the think tanks points out that “The ANC has continued to attract the support of voters in predominantly lower-income earning black African areas.”
4 May, 2009
The Botswana government has rejected about 100 Somali refugees who entered the country from South Africa, forcing them back to the country they left from. They were detained at the border between Botswana and South Africa for at least 11 days before returning to South Africa.
4 May, 2009
The new Children’s Act set to come to effect later this year coupled with the economic downturn which is increasing social problems, means that South Africa needs all the social workers it can train, and more. This is according to the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCWS). “There are currently only about 13 000 registered social workers in South Africa. Of these only half work in government and welfare services - others are registered private practitioners,” says JCWS assistant director, Aileen Langley. 
4 May, 2009
Frustrated South Africans are up in arms and hurling abuse at their cellular providers, after a countrywide triple network meltdown. Flooding of the networks, or “chat attack”, reportedly caused countrywide problems for mobile operators, MTN, CellC and Vodacom. As a result of this problem, mystified callers have since been phoning up to complain about dropped calls, bad connections, weak signal strength and problems with their 3G and Internet access.
4 May, 2009
Constitutional Court Chief Justice Pius Langa has congratulated the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on conducting the 2009 national and provincial elections. At a ceremony in which IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam handed over the political parties’ candidate list for Parliament, Langa pointed out that the country was “held spellbound” by the way the IEC handled the elections. “It was a mammoth task and we were all so proud of you and your work,” he said.
4 May, 2009
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released the official list of members of parliament (MPs) and of provincial legislatures (MPLs) due to take up their seats in the national and provincial legislatures after the April 22 elections. There are few surprises, given that the party lists are largely those published before the election. However, but many who expected to return to the National Assembly have missed the cut.
4 May, 2009
The Centre for the Constitutional Rights (CCR) has complained to the Public Protector and the Public Service Commission about the African National Congress’ (ANC) policy of deploying cadres. CCR’S advocate, Nikki de Havilland says that the practice is illegal and points out that the constitution requires a clear separation between the ruling political party and institutions of the state. The CCR complaint comes as the country waits for president-elect Jacob Zuma to announce his new cabinet and other top positions in government.

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