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  • Ugandan Cops Abuse Street Kids - HRW
    Ugandan street children face constant abuse from police and government officials, who beat and extort bribes from them, says HRW report

    The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Ugandan street children face constant abuse from police and government officials, who beat and extort bribes from them.

    The organisation states that police as well as Kampala city officials detain street children after targeted roundups.

    In its report entitled ‘Where Do You Want Us To Go?’ the organisation further states that police beat them with batons, whips and wires as punishment for vagrancy or to extort bribes as a condition for letting them go.

    Source: 
    News 24

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  • Activists Slogans Insulting - Mvambi
    Mvambi condemns activists’ ‘insulting slogans’ by activists

    Free State health MEC, Benny Malakoane’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi has condemned activists’ ‘insulting slogans’ and deemed them ‘inappropriate’.

    Mvambi states that, “The executive council, including the premier [Ace Magashule], has expressed confidence in Malakoane’s plans to fix the Free State health department. We’ve now got help from treasury and also the national health department and we’re going to make sure the provincial depot is stocked well.”

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian

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  • Govt Criticised Over 'Carrot and Stick' Tactics
    OUTA describes the ‘reprieves’ announced by the transport minister as ‘another carrot to entice the public to buy into the ill-conceived scheme’

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling (OUTA) has described the ‘reprieves’ announced by transport minister Dipuo Peters in the opening debate of her department’s budget vote as ‘another carrot to entice the public to buy into the ill-conceived scheme’.

    OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that: “The prosecuting authorities have noted an extremely difficult situation in trying to achieve successful prosecution under the current regulations, terms and conditions.”

    Source: 
    IOL News

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  • OUTA Criticises SANRAL Over Payments
    OUTA expresses disappointed at SANRAL’s decision to prosecute motorists for not paying their e-toll accounts

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says they are disappointed by the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) decision to prosecute motorists for not paying their e-toll accounts.

    OUTA spokesperson, Wayne Duvenage, is accusing SANRAL for trying to intimidate people into complying by threatening them with prosecution.

    Source: 
    SABC News

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  • NGO Raises Funds for Rape Victims
    Men Against Rape, South African NGO, will host a fundraising concert to mark men’s month and raise awareness against gender-based violence

    One women is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds. This alarming statistics and attacks on women seems to be increasingly brutal and fatal, and now a local non-government organisation (NGO) is taking action against these heinous crime.

    Men Against Rape (MAR) are to host a fundraising concert to mark men's month at the Tongaat Town Hall in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, and all proceeds will go towards the organisation in its pursuit to provide support to victims of rape.

    Source: 
    SABC News

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