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Court Dismisses e-Tolls Appeal

An appeal by Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) and its partners to stop tolling on Gauteng's major highways was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The court states that despite everything that was done, the review application was brought five years after the toll roads were already declared.

"In those five years, things have happened that cannot be undone," explains Judge Fritz Brand.

Africa Must Strengthen the International Criminal Court for its Own Sake

This week, the African Union (AU) will debate accountability for heads of state accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. But instead of discussing how to bring such individuals to justice, it seems the AU’s debate will consider how to ensure some of the accused escape accountability, or at least avoid trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
 

Zim Govt to Spy on Citizens

In a bid to combat crime, Zimbabwe’s government spy programme will now monitor phone calls, texts and e-mails of citizens.
 
The new government regulation which aims to safeguard national security, permits authorities to order broadband providers, landline and mobile phone companies to save the information for up to five years.
 
Privacy campaigners are enraged about the plan which may be used for political purposes.
 

Motorists Not in Support of e-Tolls - OUTA

The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says most of Gauteng motorists are not in support of e-tolling on the province's highways.
 
Outa spokesperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that citizens are not flocking to buy e-tags and people are rejecting the system for the travesty it has become.
 
Duvenage further states that “short polls that have been taken by TV and radio indicate that 90 percent of the people do not support the e-toll system”
 

Govt Threatens to Deal With Unregistered NGOs

Zambia’s government has warned that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that fail to register under the current NGO Act risk being deregistered and will not be allowed to operate.
 
Community Development Mother and Child Health Minister, Joseph Katema, says that all NGOs should register under the current Act even if they had other licenses for them to be allowed to operate.
 

Missing Kenyans Found After Attacks - NGO

Red Cross says ‘progress’ has been made in finding some of the 59 people who were still missing after the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya.
 
Red Cross spokesperson, Wariko Waita, says that some are being reunited with their families, although she gave no details about numbers or where those people have been found.
 
Waita says that a Red Cross team is counselling the victims at a triage centre 600 meters away from the shattered mall where forensics experts are combing through the crime scene for evidence.
 

UNISA Slammed Over EFF Event

The cancellation of the formal event at which Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, was expected to speak, paints a worrying picture of political intolerance and a lack of regard for freedom of expression in South Africa.
 
Freedom of Expression Institute executive director, Phenyo Butale, says that cancelling an event that presented an opportunity for debate was tantamount to silencing participants in the discussion.
 

OUTA Favours ‘Non-Compliance’ to E-Tolls

Following President Jacob Zuma's signing in of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that 'non-compliance' to this law is the next logical step.
 
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, says that citizens have been 'sufficiently educated' in the pros and cons on the e-tolling proposition by government and that defiance by citizens is the next step once the law gets implemented by government.
 

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