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CSOs Demand Term Limits for Malawi Parliament

Two civil society organisations have started a public campaign to establish term limits for the 193 members of Malawi's National Assembly.
 
Currently, legislators can remain in parliament for as long as they win re-election to another five-year term in their constituencies, many have served for more than a decade.
 
Supporters of term limits propose that members serve a limit of two terms and the constitution mandates the president can serve only two five-year terms.
 

TAC to Take on Politicians Over Health

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to turn up the pressure on politicians ahead of the general election on 7 May 2014 by launching a manifesto to challenge them to answer 11 questions on pressing health issues.
 
TAC national chairperson, Andile Yawa, says the activists hope to prime the electorate to ask tough healthcare questions of politicians on the campaign trail.
 
Yawa explains that, "If politicians could use the public health system, then they would develop an interest."
 

NPOs Under the Cosh – Again

Here we go again. Every time that this country’s nonprofit part of civil society imagines that its independence is secured and respected by politics, out they come to have another crack at subverting that independence.
 
Our Constitution, often mistakenly called ‘the most liberal in the world’, guarantees freedom of association and therefore also of disassociation. Try telling that to nonprofit organisations (NPOs).
 

National Sexual Offences Statistics Reflect Silence and Failure

There was quite an uproar following the recent release of South Africa’s national crime statistics - considered the worst figures in the ten years. However, lost in these heated debates is the rampant sexual violence that women face every day of their lives. If we do not, at the very least halve gender-based violence (GBV), we will certainly be fighting a losing battle against crime in this country.
 

Call for Politicians Journos to Resign

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF), an organisation, has recommended: “that once the name of a journalist appears, with his or her consent, on a political party's official list of candidates to the Independent Electoral Commission, such journalist should resign."
 
SANEF said this resignation should take place regardless of whether the candidate will or will not be guaranteed a seat after an election.
 

Oxfam Warns DRC Over Conflict

British charity Oxfam has warned that the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is far from over and says it is vital to set up a political process to address deep-seated grievances in the troubled region.
 
In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "With more than 30 other armed groups active in the region, the conflict is far from over," adding that civilians were being exposed to daily violence.
 

No Ibrahim Prize for 2013

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation's independent Prize Committee has decided not to award this year's 2013 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

To win the prize, laureates must be democratically elected former African head of state or government who has left office in the previous three years, have served their constitutionally mandated term, among others.

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is the largest prize in the world, worth an annual US$5 million over 10 years and US$200 000 annually for life thereafter.

Phosa Urges ANC to Stop Blaming Apartheid

Former African National Congress (ANC) treasure-general, Matthews Phosa, says it is time for government to shape the country's future decisively and stop blaming the past.
 
Speaking at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation conference in Johannesburg, Phosa pointed out that, "We are... a government, and placing the blame on the past, apartheid, race, and other external factors does not wash anymore…”
 
He argued that if the ANC wants to avoid being consigned to the dustbin of history, it must be demonstrably more decisive and more transparent.
 

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