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NGOs Petition SADC Over Zim Elections

Scores of NGOs from Southern Africa are stepping up pressure on the regional body, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to discuss the disputed Zimbabwe elections at a summit scheduled for Malawi this week.

One of the civil society organisations, Action Support Centre, has been quoted as saying that the NGOs are also planning demonstrations across the region, starting with one in Cape Town.

South Africa Pushes for UN Reform

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) can no longer exclude the 54 African states.

International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, points out that, “We must not reach that point where the organisation reaches 70 years and there is no change. That change cannot be, if it continues to ignore and exclude the 54 member states who form a very critical region, the AU [African Union].”

Diamond Revenue Linked to Vote Rigging - NGO

Global Witness has called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to fully investigate claims that Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party is attempting to rig the country's elections.
 
The watchdog warned that there is strong evidence to suggest that ZANU PF has secured large funds from the country's lucrative diamond mines which it may now be spending on undemocratic tactics such as tampering with the electoral roll.
 

SADC Urged Tsvangirai to Quit Polls

Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party took part in Zimbabwe’s elections against advice from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which urged him to withdraw from the polls.
 
A high-level diplomatic source has been quoted as saying that the SADC told Tsvangirai at a summit in Maputo in June not to take part in the elections.
 

Dti Must Fill Gaps in Lotto Bill

The Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) presented the draft Lotteries Amendment Bill to the portfolio committee on Trade and Industry in Parliament.

This Bill is long overdue. For several years South Africans working in the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have raised the alarm on several matters of serious concern over the way in which funds are distributed and the National Lotto Board (NLB) is run.

NGO Slams Zille Over Motshekga

The Equal Education has criticised the Western Cape Premier,  Helen Zille, for her article defending Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, saying the former made ‘factual errors’.
 
EE chairperson, Yoliswa Dwane, notes that Zille’s article, in which she argues that Motshekga understands conditions in the average disadvantaged classroom, is misleading and riddled with errors.
 
Dwane states that Zille’s article suggests more than once that norms and standards [for school infrastructure] may be ’unachievable’, ’unaffordable’ and ’impractical’.
 

Delays in Marikana Hearings A Concern

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) lawyers expressed concern about the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's repeated postponements.

In a press statement, LRC’s George Bizos, point out that, "We, the LRC, are concerned about maintaining public confidence in the effectiveness and credibility of the [inquiry], which could be seriously eroded by repeated postponements."

Bizos states that the LRC supports the call by Dali Mpofu, for the miners arrested and wounded during last year's unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, to get State funding.

Fracking Battle Heading to Court

According to John Yeld’s article titled, ‘Fracking battle destined for court’, a bruising and probably extremely expensive court battle over the controversial fracking method for shale gas in the Karoo now seems inevitable.

The African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, threw down the gauntlet and his challenge was immediately accepted by the anti-fracking alliance of Afriforum and the Treasure the Karoo Action Group.

Motshekga Willing to Engage NGOs

The Department of Basic Education says it is prepared to discuss the problems plaguing her department with non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, who derides the manner in which issues are sometimes raised, states that, “It could be irritating but you cannot deny that they [NGOs] are raising real facts, which we can engage in…”

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