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  • Forum Helps to Report More Hate Crimes
    Since the introduction of its monitoring forum, more cases of hate crimes are being reported, according to the Hate Crimes Working Group

    The Hate Crimes Working Group says since the introduction of its monitoring forum, more cases of hate crimes are being reported.
     
    The forum, which is a comprehensive way of gathering information about victims of hate-related crime, is of the view that such crimes target people on the basis of their gender, religion or culture and often include violence such as rape.
     

    Source: 
    SABC News

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  • Govt Urged to Give Land to ‘Able People’
    AFASA urges government to ensure land is allocated to individuals who have the capacity to use it

    The African Farmers' Association of SA (AFASA) says that government must ensure land is allocated to individuals who have the capacity to use it.
     
    AFASA president, Mzamo Mlengana, points out that, "We are saying to the minister (of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti), we need to have criteria for the farmers' selection."
     

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live

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  • Zuma Criticised Over Nkandla Comments
    The FW de Klerk Foundation describes President Jacob Zuma’s comments regarding the distinction between proper state expenditure and self-enrichment as disturbing

    The FW de Klerk Foundation says that President Jacob Zuma’s comments regarding the distinction between proper state expenditure and self-enrichment are disturbing.
     
    In a press statement, the foundation says Zuma’s reported comparison between the construction of George airport and money spent on his Nkandla home raises ‘disturbing questions’.
     

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian

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  • Getting on with the Business of Parliament
    It is easy, with all the brouhaha taking place in Parliament recently - the expulsion of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour; their failure to respect the office of the Speaker; the presence of riot police in the parliamentary precinct; the vilification of the Public Protector by some members of parliament (MPs); and the withdrawal of opposition parties from the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla – to forget that much of the work of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces takes place in the Portfolio Committees and the Select

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  • Voters’ Hope of Resource Growth
    Mozambicans vote in hopes of escaping years of poverty and conflict

    Mozambicans voted in elections on 15 October 2014 in hopes of escaping years of poverty and conflict by tapping into the country’s huge energy resources.
     
    With more than 10 million voters registered to take part in the elections for a new president, parliament and provincial assemblies, foreign donors and investors hope the ballot will help to bury old animosities still lingering from a 1975 -1992 civil war fought between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and its old foe, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO).
     

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian

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