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  • Court to Hear R2K Applications on Key Points
    The High Court in Johannesburg to hear an application for a list of South Africa’s National Key Points to be made public

    The High Court in Johannesburg will hear an application for a list of South Africa’s National Key Points to be made public.

    The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the SA History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

    R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, says in 2012, a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points, but it was refused.

    Source: 
    The Citizen

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  • Expert Criticises Police’s Incompetency
    The ISS says the recent dropping of high profile cases shows that there is no ‘sound relationship’ between the NPA and the SAPS

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the recent dropping of high profile cases shows that there is no ‘sound relationship’ between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

    ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that sometimes police rush to make arrests without gathering sufficient evidence because of public or political pressure.

    Source: 
    SABC News

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  • Oh Wait Just a Minute Mr. Postman, Just Look at the Damage You Have Caused!
    The ongoing postal strikes have created many problems for the NGO sector and if not addressed, it could threaten the sustainability of many NGOs
    Devastation and despair is the message coming out of the nonprofit sector after months of postal strikes and non-delivery of mail.
     
    According to the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) thousands of good causes and charities are experiencing deep financial difficulties as the strike impacts severely on the sector that relies heavily on public generosity to support their work through direct mail.
     
    Providers of vital services to thousands of beneficiaries will have to cut-back on programmes and prepare for a Bah! Humbug! Christmas. 
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    Author(s): 
    Ann Bown

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  • Underperforming MPs Overwork Madonsela
    Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs

    Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs.
     
    Delivering the Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Johannesburg, Manuel said members of parliament and legislatures receive almost R1 million each to do constituency work.
     

    Source: 
    City Press

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  • Do African Union Governance Reviews Work?
    Gruzd and Turianskyi look at the African Peer Review Mechanism and whether or not it contributes towards improving good governance and accountability on the African continent 
    Does being an active member of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the instrument adopted by the African Union to improve the quality of governance across the continent, help a country improve its rankings in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)?
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