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  • Zimbabwe: lawyers apply to courts for release of voters roll

    By Mark | May 19, 2014

    Source: The Zimbabwean, by Tawanda Majoni

    A private citizen and constitutional lawyer, Justice Alfred Mavedzenge, on Monday filed a High Court application seeking to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to make the voters’ roll public.

    The roll has been kept under Read the rest of this entry »

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    Malawi elections: distrust and uncertainty

    By Mark | May 16, 2014

    Malawi goes to the polls in a climate of distrust and instability

    Source: The Guardian (UK)

    Turbulent political environment is unlikely to deliver a robust government ready to implement much-needed reforms

    Preparations for the general election in Malawi on 20 May have been more organised and transparent than in previous years, due in part to the current leadership of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

    The commission has taken on the Read the rest of this entry »

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    New crackdown on Swazi media

    By Mark | May 9, 2014

    A climate of fear has gripped the kingdom of Swaziland as journalists are jailed and threatened.

    Source: Mail and Guardian

    Swaziland’s controversial Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi has intensified his crackdown on the media by threatening the managing editor of a major daily newspaper with immediate arrest if his paper continues to comment on the trial of another top Read the rest of this entry »

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    South African miners take lung disease fight to London

    By Mark | April 28, 2014

    Tracy McVeigh 
    The Observer

    UK courts may decide compensation claim for thousands suffering from deadly condition

    The fate of thousands of sick and dying South African gold miners could be decided in a British court if talks to set up an industry fund to compensate them continue to stall.

    As South Africa marks the 20th anniversary of the first multiracial democratic elections in the country, representatives of apartheid-era gold industry workers are in London to win justice for those suffering from the deadly lung condition silicosis – a type of the occupational disease known as Read the rest of this entry »

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    Coughing up for Gold: The Human Face

    By Mark | April 8, 2014

    Read the original article in the Daily Maverick

    By Rebecca Davis

    Twala lives in Qunu, the village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape which raised the country’s most famous citizen. The sprawling property at which Nelson Mandela spent much of his retirement lies only a few kilometres down the hill from Twala’s home. But the promise of a better life for which Mandela fought has not been experienced by Twala, or countless others in this impoverished province. Read the rest of this entry »

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    TUC condemns arrest of trade union lawyer in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 25, 2014

    TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined trade union leaders from around the world in condemning the arrest in Swaziland of trade union lawyer Thulani Maseko. In her letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner in London, O’Grady argues that the detention of Maseko by armed police officers on 17 March contravenes Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: editor and human rights lawyer jailed for articles criticising judiciary

    By Katharine | March 19, 2014

    Source: Amnesty International

    The men have been charged with criminal contempt of court over articles that questioned judicial independence in Swaziland.

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    The Anti-Apartheid Movement goes online: a unique archive of the struggle

    By Katharine | March 13, 2014

    Source: The Guardian

    Campaigners in South Africa and Britain look back at the movement’s long and often bitter fight with the help of a moving new web archive chronicling its history.

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    Zimbabwe: Mugabe is 90 on 21 February and has ruled Zimbabwe for 33 years

    By Mark | February 20, 2014

    What the papers say

    Robert Mugabe’s lavish 90th birthday plans decried as Zimbabwe struggles

    Source: The Guardian

    Costly celebration, criticised as cultism and hero worship, comes at a time of heavy job losses and slowing economic growth.

    Plans for a lavish $1m (£600,000) celebration of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday have been condemned as the country lurches towards another financial crisis.

    The tribute to Africa’s oldest head of state – and second oldest in the world after Israel’s Shimon Peres – is expected to surpass last year’s party, when special gold coins were minted and Mugabe was presented with a cake said to weigh Read the rest of this entry »

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    Robin Hood Tax: New Bill Nighy Film

    By Mark | February 18, 2014

    The Robin Hood Tax is a tiny tax on banks that could give billions to tackle poverty and climate change

    Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call a Read the rest of this entry »

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