By Mark | May 9, 2014
A climate of fear has gripped the kingdom of Swaziland as journalists are jailed and threatened.
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 »
By Mark | April 28, 2014
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 »
By Mark | April 8, 2014
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
By Mark | February 17, 2014
Source: Mail and Guardian
The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe’s most powerful military and political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert Mugabe and his Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | February 7, 2014
Source: The Presidency of South Africa
Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma announcing the date for the fifth General Elections in South Africa
Fellow South Africans,
The electoral term of the present government will come to an end on the Read the rest of this entry »