NGOs Urged to Stick to Their Mandates

According to Chido Chikuni, it is heartening that the newly appointed Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition director, Philan Zamchiya, has seen the light and made a reversal on the stance of regime change that his Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has been pursuing.

Chikuni is of the view that most NGOs are being used by politicians, especially from the opposition political parties, to promote their agenda of removing the ruling government from power.

“It is worrisome that a number of NGOs in Zimbabwe are failing to stick to their mandate.”

West Using NGOs to Impose ‘Puppet’ Govts

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, says the West is using non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to impose puppet governments in Africa and the current Ivorian administration is an example of a country that cannot make independent decisions without consulting France.

Mugabe says under the leadership of President Alassane Ouattara, who violently replaced President Laurent Gbagbo with the aid of France, is the only African country that denied him entry in his capacity as the African Union chair because the French disliked him.

Impossible for NGOs to Avoid Politics

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) cannot be expected to be non-partisan in a society that is ‘patently partisan’.

The organisation’s Mfundo Mlilo, who spoke on behalf of civic groups during a prayer meeting held to demand the release of missing human rights activist-cum-journalist Itai Dzamara, argued that there have been calls to the effect that NGOs and all civic groups in Zimbabwe are siding with certain political parties.”

Mlilo shot back saying there was nothing shameful in civic groups agitating for Mugabe’s removal.

Activists Warned Against Overthrowing Govt

South African and globally renowned human rights lawyer, George Bizos, says although the Swazi nation has suffered similar atrocities that South Africans endured during the apartheid rule, there is no need to overthrow their monarch.

Bizos, who was part of the delegates who attended the welcoming ceremony of two Swazi struggle and human rights activists hosted by the Lawyers for Human Rights, argued that, "Using force is counter-productive, civil wars are causing problems.”

The Government, the Constitution and the Law

A response to the continued attack on the judiciary.

In 1972, the then Prime Minister, B.J. Vorster, appointed the Schlebusch Commission to investigate four anti-apartheid civil society organisations. There was no charge sheet, witnesses were unaware of other evidence given, and people being summoned to appear before the Commission did so without being afforded any of the Common Law niceties. In 1974, the National Union of South African Students and in 1975 the Christian Institute were declared ‘affected organisations’ and their foreign funding cut off.

NPA Head Urged to Rise Above Factions

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says the new National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head must rise above the factions and demonstrate the ability to prosecute without fear, favour and prejudice.

CASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, points out that the new NPA head, Shaun Kevin Abrahams, must rise above the factions and demonstrate the ability to prosecute without fear, favour and prejudice.

AU Chairperson Pays Tribute to Women

Zimbabwean President and African Union chairperson, Robert Mugabe, gave a warm tribute to women.

During his speech at the opening of the African Union (AU) Assembly in Johannesburg, Mugabe reiterated the importance of economically empowering women.

Mugabe also told the summit, which was hosted under the theme ‘Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063’, that men can learn a thing or two from women.”

SALC Granted Order to Prevent al-Bashir's Departure

Pretoria High Court Judge Hans Fabricius has granted the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) a temporary order to prevent Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving South Africa until the urgent application to have him arrested has been heard.

The application has been brought by the SALC on behalf of a group of human rights organisations and there are about nine respondents including the Home Affairs Department.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese human rights activist, Hussein Karshoum, says there is a basis for South Africa not arresting al-Bashir.

African Land is a Profitable but Potentially Dangerous Investment

Photo courtesy Global Justice Now/FlickrSlicing up Africa: Activists cut into an African-shaped cake outside of the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to protest DFID’s role in facilitating the acquisition of African land by large multinational conglomerates.

Can Government Simply Deregister Outspoken NPOs?

The abuse of nonprofits that are, in essence, just doing their job, is on the increase. There appears to be a distinct lack of political education about our Constitution within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, there also appears to be disturbing and ongoing threats to independent organisations who speak out against the ANC.


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