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Police Criticised Over LGBT Rights

A lesbian rape survivor and community activist has told the Khayelitsha probe into police inefficiency how insensitive officers added to her ordeal.

When prominent lesbian community activist Funeka Soldaat was raped by some boys from Khayelitsha in 1995, she turned to the South African Police Service for help.

Yet this week she told the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into police inefficiency that her torment had continued at two police stations, where her treatment after the attack left her devastated.

Eskom Apologises for Spying on NGOs

Eskom has publicly apologised to three environmental non-governmental organisation – Greenpeace, groundWork and Earthlife Africa - after it was accused of spying on them.
 
Eskom chief executive, Brian Dames, argues that the use of private companies to gather intelligence from stakeholders is unacceptable and not how Eskom does business.
 
“To the extent that this may have happened as a consequence, even if unintended, is regrettable and Eskom apologises for this,” he explains.
 

Feel Good Activism - Clicking Isn't Enough

The phrase ‘it starts with the person in the mirror’ is often used as a call to action. A way of telling us we should be the change we want to see. It’s a cliché that’s inspired many into doing some great things, be it cleaning up their environment or even volunteering for a good cause. But I believe we only grasp the phrase at surface level, ignoring the deeper meaning it possesses. When we think of the person in the mirror we shouldn’t only translate it as a call to action, we should start by thinking about our motives and interrogating why we want to take action.

Ramphele in Support of Student Activists

Current student activists don't need to use violence to make their voices heard, activist and former politician, Mamphela Ramphele, said in a lecture at Stellenbosch University.
 
"Self-esteem is required. You don't need violence and you don't need to threaten. Just walk in and they will take notice," she told a student at the annual e'Bosch Prestige Lecture.
 

NGO Condemns the Disabling of WhatsApp

Freedom of expression watchdog, MISA Zimbabwe, has condemned the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe which has been hit by ongoing ShutDown Zimbabwe protests in various parts of the country.

Expressing grave concern‚ MISA‚ a non-governmental organisation‚ said that WhatsApp had been down since Wednesday morning.

Complaint Over 'Sophisticated Racism' in Sea Point

Supporters of affordable housing in Cape Town have lodged a ‘racism’ complaint with Mayor, Patricia de Lille, over comments a ratepayers group official made about a contentious site in Sea Point.

In a letter handed over at the civic centre, supporters Emma Daitz, Thandeka Sisusa and Zackie Achmat say that Polovin’s comments are ‘sophisticated, indirect racism’.

They further say that it is their belief that he excluded the views of black and working class Sea Point residents, adding that Polovin’s comments exemplified ‘a racist and anti-poor logic’.

Hundreds Walk to Commemorate SA Constitution

More than 1 000 people turned out for an eight-kilometre walk to commemorate 20 years of the Constitution in the Johannesburg’s central business district.

The initiative under the theme 'We the People Walk’ was staged at the Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein.

The event was aimed at encouraging people to pick a right they feel strongly about in the Constitution and represent it through walking, and issues such as crime, education, women and child abuse were highlighted.

Activist Philanthropists Offer More than Cash

There are significant debates about the role of philanthropy and modern trends in philanthropy. Often philanthropy is viewed as the elitist activity of the rich in their attempts to raise their profiles, build power or show off their wealth. It can be done in a paternalistic and charitable manner that results in an imbalance of power between the giver and the receiver that is uncomfortable in the modern world and can result in a culture of dependency.

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