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Scapegoating NGOs An Old Trick

State Security Minister David Mahlobo, has accused nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) of helping foreign agencies destabilise South Africa.

In the past, African National Congress secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe and Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, warned of forces working to destabilise the country.

African National Congress secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, has made similar ‘bizarre’ claims in the past. Earlier this week, Mahlobo accused nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) of helping foreign agencies destabilise South Africa.

TAC Slam Mbeki Over HIV/AIDS

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has launched a blistering attack against former president, Thabo Mbeki, over his contentious stance on AIDS, which has killed hundreds of thousands of South Africans.

"The impact of Mbeki’s AIDS denialism was catastrophic," the group says in statement in response to the former statesman's letter, which forms part of a series of letters attempting to reframe Mbeki's presidency.

Mbeki’s AIDS Comments ‘Irrelevant Debate’

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) has criticised former president, Thabo Mbeki, describing his recent statements on HIV/AIDS as an ‘irrelevant debate’
Mbeki, in the latest of his series of letters published on his institute’s website, denied he ever said “HIV does not cause AIDS.”

This week, SANAC, which is chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, called on South Africans to ignore Mbeki’s statements.

Researchers Support Mbeki’s Stance on AIDS

Independent researchers, advocate Anthony Brink and Chris Rawiins, have come out in support of former president, Thabo Mbeki's views on HIV/AIDS.

Brink, who has written several research books on the treatment of HIV including his most noted book ‘Debating AZT: Mbeki and the AIDS Drug Controversy’, says Mbeki is correct in what he wrote in his recent open letter.

He is echoes Mbeki’s view that a virus does not cause a syndrome, adding that the outrage at his stance on HIV came from white liberal establishments who had bought a story sold by America.

No-Confidence Motion in Zuma A Moral Test

Even if the Democratic Alliance’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma fails‚ the “ensuing debate will ensure a more accountable and open system of governance,” according to Phephelaphi Dube, legal officer for the Centre for Constitutional Rights.

Dube says the motion will raise the obvious question as to whether members of Parliament are beholden to their party bosses rather than to the Constitution.

SONA: What President Zuma Needs to Tell SA

 

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will give his 2016 State of the Nation Address on February 11 to outline key government business for the year ahead. The event will be keenly watched to establish what the president and the governing African National Congress consider to be the most important challenges facing the country, and how they plan to tackle them. Politics and society editor Thabo Leshilo asks three political scientists what to expect.

What are the most important issues the president should be addressing?

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​Africa Human Rights Record Shameful

According to Mboneko Munyaga, looking at from the standpoint of the failure to address rampant poverty, it can be rightly said that the whole of Africa is one tragic pot of human and peoples' rights violation.
 
Munyaga is of the view that impunity in Africa is the order of the day, with the ever widening socio-economic gap leading to even more political rights issues such as corruption, plundering of natural resources and freedom of expression, among others.
 

Dlamini-Zuma Undecided on Second Term at AU

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has once again declined to say if she will run for a second term of office this year – or return home, possibly to run for national president.
 
Dlamini-Zuma told South African journalists at the end of the AU summit in Addis Ababa: “I haven’t decided yet. I still have time.”
 
She also spelt out that in effect she had less than three months to decide because she would have to put herself forward as a candidate three months before the election in July.
 

SA Does ‘About-Turn’ on Rights Defenders Position

The South African government appears to have done an about-turn on its position on the United Nations resolution on the protection of human rights defenders after voting against it last week, it now says it will support the resolution when the matter is referred to the General Assembly.
 
The Department of International Relations confirmed that the country, which was among the 54 countries who did not support the resolution, supports the resolution despite initial concerns.
 

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