Governance and democracy

​Moz CSOs to Embark on Protests

Eleven Mozambican civil society organisations have announced their intention to hold a peaceful march through the streets of central Maputo on 18 June 2016, in protest against the current political and military situation in the country.

The organisers say that the march, under the theme ‘For the Right to Hope’ is being held because of “the situation the country is going through, particularly in the politico-military sphere, with a generalised impact on the circulation of people and goods throughout our territory, damaging the living conditions of the population.”

​NGOs Must Adhere to Guiding Principles

Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, has called upon the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Council to adhere to its guiding principles for it to be effective.

Speaking at the National Fund for Civil Society Validation meeting in Gaborone, Minister Batshu, says the NGO Council Policy called for effective participation of all members.

The minister further says the policy also called for an independent NGO, one which did not rely on government for support.

SABC Must Justify Protest Ban - ICASA

The SABC has until 21 June to provide the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) with reasons it was correct to ban footage of violent protests from television screens.

ICASA’ complaints and compliance committee ruled that the matter is urgent, after lobby group Media Monitoring Africa complained to the statutory institution that the SABC’s decision was in conflict with the public broadcaster’s duties as outlined in the Broadcasting Act, and the Constitution.

NGO Demands Motsoeneng Steps Down

Right2Know (R2K) has handed over a memorandum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) asking for the public broadcaster to end its self-censorship.

Micah Reddy‚ the media freedom organiser from R2K‚ says the SABC had gone from being a proud public broadcaster to a public relations machine for Luthuli House‚ the headquarters of the African National Congress.

​Asylum Seeks Allege SA Secretly Deport Them

Asylum seekers The Citizen spoke to say it seems to be up to your luck if you get asked to go to the ‘deportation room’.

According to two Malawian brothers who have been living in South Africa for more than 10 years, the Department of Home Affairs is ‘randomly deporting’ Malawians and Zimbabweans, and perhaps people of other nationalities too.

Andy (not his real name), a qualified electrical technician, who  is now living in South Africa as an undocumented migrant, says he will rather take his chances with getting arrested.

The fallacy of CSO Engagement: Reflections from the Just Ended AfDB Annual Meetings in Lusaka

The dust has settled on what was a well-attended – 4 000 delegate strong - largely successful annual meetings of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The annual meetings held in Lusaka this May marked the 51st convening of such nature. Next year’s meetings are pegged to be held - outside the continent - at Ahmedabad, west of New Delhi, in India and in Busan, South Korea in 2018, that’s a debate for another day.
 

​Tanzania Bans Meeting in Privately-Run Establishments

Slightly over six months after the new government came to power, hotel businesses fashioned to host conferences have sounded an alarm of hardship in doing business.

This follows the government order banning ministries, government departments and agencies (MDAs) holding conferences and other meetings in privately-run establishments.

President John Magufuli ordered, instead, the use of ministries' boardrooms and publicly owned facilities as part of instituting financial discipline and cutting costs of running the government.

ISS Calls for Regular Crime Statistics

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says having regular crime stats will help develop more crime reduction strategies.

ISS Researcher, Johan Burger, says releasing crime statistics more regularly with have an impact on crime trends.

Burger is of the view that the benefit of having more regular stats release is that it tells you on a regular basis what the situation is, whether your crime is going up or coming down.

Swiss Battle to Return Africa's Stolen Loot

 

It irritates Valentin Zellweger that ‘no longer than six minutes into any James Bond movie, a sleazy Swiss banker still appears.’

He’s probably referring especially to Mr Lachaise, the nasty Swiss banker and financier of terrorists and crooks in ‘The World is Not Enough’. At one point Lachaise says to Bond, ‘I’m just trying to return the money to its rightful owner’. To which Bond replies: ‘And we know how hard that is for a Swiss banker’.

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