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    July 2015 E-Update

    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

    Hi all, Welcome to July’s issue of ACTSA’s E-update. In the E-update we aim to give you a brief rundown on key issues from across southern Africa, in addition to a summary of what we’re getting up to at the moment. If you would like to contribute to further editions or suggest any topics that [...]

    International Nelson Mandela Day

    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

    In 2009, the United Nations declared that 18th July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, would be named Nelson Mandela International Day, in recognition of his contribution to peace, reconciliation and justice.   The UN called upon people to donate 67 minutes, one for every year that Nelson Mandela gave to public service, to support voluntary and community activity. [...]

    Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini released on bail

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

    The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini after they served nearly 15 months in jail. They were not brought to trial. The charges against them have not been dropped and they are banned from attending and addressing political rallies. Read the full article here: http://news.yahoo.com/swaziland-frees-opposition-politicians-175027397.html

    Strike! Play on the Dunnes Stores anti-Apartheid strike

    Monday, July 13th, 2015

    The Ardent Theatre company are looking to produce a new version of the play, ‘Strike!’. Strike!, written by Tracy Ryan, tells the story of the Dunnes Stores Anti-apartheid strike in Ireland, 1984-1987. The script was written through interviews with original Strikers, Brendan Archbold (Union Organiser) and archive material. This production would mark the London premiere [...]

    Judge Masipa expresses concerns about state ignoring court rulings

    Monday, July 6th, 2015

    Judge Thokozile Masipa, South Africa’s second black woman High Court judge who became internationally known when she presided over the trial of Oscar Pistorius expressed concern about the South Africa government ignoring court rulings at a lecture in London on 2 July  jointly sponsored by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the Human Rights Law Association [...]

    Statements on the Marikana Inquiry

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

    National Union of Mineworkers Statement: http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?ID=10588 Lonmin mining company statement:  http://www.lonmin-farlam.com/ Bench Marks Foundation statement:  http://www.bench-marks.org.za

    Main findings and recommendations from the Marikana Inquiry

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

    Marikana Commission of Inquiry, summary of main findings and recommendations:   1. FINDINGS   FINDINGS AGAINST LONMIN The Commission has found that Lonmin did not use its best endeavours to resolve the disputes that arose between itself and its workers who participated in the unprotected strike on the one hand and between the strikers and [...]

    Marikana Inquiry Incomplete – A summary

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

    Marikana – a terrible tragedy that should not have occurred. 44 people were killed around the Marikana platinum mine about 2 and half hours north-west of Johannesburg between 11 –16 August 2012. 34 were killed by the South African police on the 16 August. The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has reported. It makes criticism of [...]