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  • Swaziland Urged to Enact Sexual Offences Law
    The absence of a sexual offences law in Swaziland is said to be giving men a leeway to continue abusing women, writes Abner

    According to an article by Eddie Abner, the absence of a sexual offences law in Swaziland is said to be giving men a leeway to continue abusing women as they are aware that there is no mechanism that can be used to punish them.

    Abner states that in its annual report, Women and the Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) disclosed that it attended to over 1 040 abuse cases, 460 maintenance cases were reported and 360 domestic violence cases in 2014.

    Source: 
    Swazi Observer

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  • Registering a Concern Over Current Xenophobia Experience
    The South African National NGO Coalition reacts to the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops in Soweto and other communities in Gauteng 
    South Africa has been plagued by xenophobic experience causing periodic social instability particularly in our metropolitan areas. It has become a course for concern for the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) and other non-governmental organisations. Our community safety is being threatened, lawlessness is creeping in, criminality is on the rise and law enforcement agencies are struggling to cope. Some among us are even suggesting the involvement of the army.
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  • The Unlawful Suspension of the National Head of the Hawks

    This article focuses on what the Helen Suzman Foundation call ‘unlawful’ suspension of the national head of the Directorate of Priority Crimes by the Police Minister

    On 23 January 2015, the judgment was handed down in the Pretoria High Court by Prinsloo J following an urgent application brought by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) in the wake of the suspension of the National Head of the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (‘the National Head’) (‘Hawks’). The HSF is of the view that this suspension is irregular, and that the Minister of Police (‘Minister’) had acted unlawfully.

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    Author(s): 
    Francis Antonie

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  • Eskom Infringing on Rights of South Africans: ELA
    Eskom infringes on the rights of South Africans to access electricity by threatening load-shedding and possible blackouts in the near future, says Lekalakala

    Earthlife Africa Johannesburg says Eskom is infringing on the rights of South Africans to access electricity by threatening load-shedding and possible blackouts in the near future.

    The organisation’s Makoma Lekalakala, says the current crisis is an opportunity for Eskom and the Department of Energy to accelerate the renewable energy programme in South Africa.

    Source: 
    SABC News

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  • Mind your Ps, Q’s and Protect Your R’s in 2015
    In this article the author shares her predictions for 2015 and shares few tips on how NGO leaders should sustain their development initiatives
    This year will be filled with frustrations; fallout from power issues, cyber-attacks, unreliable postal services, argy-bargy politicking – you get the picture! Yet greater opportunities will surface by mid-year. A time to “Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave" as chanted by the Penguins in the movie Madagascar… just keep going, control yourselves, assess the situation and look for the positive.
     
    Nonprofit organisations (NPOs) demonstrating stamina, an eagerness to serve communities and nurturing relationships will prosper this year.
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    Author(s): 
    Ann Bown

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