Northcliff Family Murder Case May Be Moved to High Court

[News24Wire] Five men accused of kidnapping and murdering three members of a Northcliff family made a brief appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

[News24Wire] Five men accused of kidnapping and murdering three members of a Northcliff family made a brief appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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It Is Time to Review the Appointment of the Public Protector

[Daily Maverick] There had been persistent unease about whether the public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, was the fit and proper person to fill Thuli Madonsela’s shoes. After yesterday’s damning court ruling in the SA Reserve Bank case and ami…

[Daily Maverick] There had been persistent unease about whether the public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, was the fit and proper person to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. After yesterday's damning court ruling in the SA Reserve Bank case and amid the Zumafication of the country, can we afford to continue to give her the benefit of the doubt? By JANET HEARD.

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Why Flooding in Nigeria Is an Increasingly Serious Problem

[The Conversation Africa] Earlier this year heavy rains and thunderstorms caused havoc in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve centre and one of Africa’s most populous cities. Residents woke up in many parts of the city to find their streets and homes flood…

[The Conversation Africa] Earlier this year heavy rains and thunderstorms caused havoc in Lagos, Nigeria's economic nerve centre and one of Africa's most populous cities. Residents woke up in many parts of the city to find their streets and homes flooded and their property, including cars and other valuables, submerged.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Land Tenure and Restitution in South Africa – a Summary Report

[Africa In Fact] When the democratically elected government took power in 1994, led by the ANC, three central elements of land policy were announced: land restitution, land redistribution, and tenure reform. We focus on two of these issues – land tenur…

[Africa In Fact] When the democratically elected government took power in 1994, led by the ANC, three central elements of land policy were announced: land restitution, land redistribution, and tenure reform. We focus on two of these issues - land tenure and the programme of land restitution.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

FDD Oppose Mandatory HIV Testing

Opposition FDD has become the first prominent voice to oppose the announcement HIV testing will be mandatory. The announcement was made by President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday. But FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says mandtory HIV testing is unethical and a … Continued

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Opposition FDD has become the first prominent voice to oppose the announcement HIV testing will be mandatory. The announcement was made by President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday. But FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says mandtory HIV testing is unethical and a violation of human rights. READ ANTONIO MWANZA’S STATEMENT President Edgar Lungu has declared HIV testing mandatory or compulsory, meaning that from now on you will be forced to take an HIV test whether you want or not. As FDD we strongly oppose mandatory HIV testing for a number of reasons: Mandatory HIV testing is unethical as it violates human rights; it violates the privacy and bodily integrity of persons and is actually detrimental to public health as it is counterproductive as many people would shy away from health centres for fear of being forced into testing against their will. No one, not even a government has the right to force someone to take a test they don’t want to. People must take a conscious decision to either take the HIV test or not. In the case of Lewanika vs. Frederick Chiluba, the Supreme Court of Zambia ruled that extracting a blood sample from any person without their consent is an infringement on their constitutional right and must not be tolerated. Studies the world over have proved that mandatory testing does not result into reduced cases of HIV and AIDS. There is no evidence whatsoever that mandatory testing of HIV results into behavioural change. The World Health Organisation, to which Zambia is a signatory has defined five key components(5-Cs) that must be respected and adhered to by all HTC services. These components are: 1. Consent 2. Confidentiality 3. Counselling 4. Correct test results 5. Connection/linkage to prevention, care and treatment. The five Cs, and the key principles they entail, apply to all models of HTC services. People being tested for HIV must give informed consent to be tested. They must be physically and pychologically prepared to take the test. They must be informed of the process for HTC, the services that will be available depending on the results, and their right to refuse testing. Mandatory or compulsory (coerced) testing is never appropriate, regardless of where that coercion comes from, government inclusive. The UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report of 2012 provides evidence that adhering to the principles of voluntary testing and practices for HTC and linking those tested to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support can enable countries to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality. These gains are further enhanced when countries take steps to increase access to: voluntary HTC, including for key at-risk and vulnerable populations; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT); and ARV treatment to all those who need it. Instead of forcing people to test for HIV against their own will, government should instead focus its energies on addressing the following issues in order to combat the spread of HIV: 1. Ensuring expanded access through an ethical process for conducting HTC, including defining the purpose of the test and the risks and benefits to the person being tested. 2. Assuring linkages between the site where the test is conducted and appropriate treatment, care, prevention, and other services, in an environment that guarantees confidentiality of all medical information. 3. Addressing the implications of a positive test result, including the risk of discrimination and stigma and the importance of early enrolment in HIV treatment, care and follow-up services as needed. 4. Reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination at all levels, including within health-care settings. 5. Ensuring a supportive legal and policy framework within which the response is scaled up, including safeguarding the human rights of people accessing HTC and other services. 6. Improving the healthcare infrastructure so quality services adhering to these principles can be sustained in the face of increased demand for testing, treatment, and related services and ensures effective monitoring and evaluation is in place. Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Deputy National Secretary and Party Spokesperson. The post FDD Oppose Mandatory HIV Testing appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Durban Group Forges Ahead With Contempt of Court Order for ANCYL

[News24Wire] The Active Citizens Movement (ACM) is pressing ahead with its court application seeking to hold the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal in contempt of court and have its leadership fined – or even imprisoned – for disobeying a court order.

[News24Wire] The Active Citizens Movement (ACM) is pressing ahead with its court application seeking to hold the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal in contempt of court and have its leadership fined - or even imprisoned - for disobeying a court order.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Hichilema Supporters Burst In Celebration After Opposition Leader Is Freed On A Nolle

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has finally walked to freedom after having spent about four months behind bars. Supporters of the opposition leader burst into celebration shortly after news went round he had been released. … Continued

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Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has finally walked to freedom after having spent about four months behind bars. Supporters of the opposition leader burst into celebration shortly after news went round he had been released. Hichilema and five others were charged with treason and have been locked up since April 10, 2017. When the matter came up before Ndola High Court judge Charles Chanda, Director of Public Prosecution Lillian Siyuni informed the court of the state’s decision to discontinue the matter. Hichilema and his co-accused drew the wrath of the state in April after failing to give way to the presidential motorcade in Mongu. Particulars of the offence are that between 5th and 8th April 2017 in Lusaka and Mongu, Mr. Hichilema and his co-accused (Hamusonde Hamaleka, Muleya Hachinda, Laston Mulilanduba, Pretorius Haloba, and Wallace Chabala) jointly and whilst acting together allegedly conspired to usurp the executive power of the state in a matter of both public and general nature by overt acts. The DPP informed the court that the state had discontinued the matter in accordance with article 180 paragraph 7 of Laws of Zambia. Celebrations broke out immediately amongst UPND supporters that took a drive around town. The Nolle seems to have part of the deal brokered by the Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland who was in the country. With the release of Hichilema, the public will be looking out if anything will come out of the plans for dialogue that have been mooted since the Catholic Bishops initiated talks between the two parties. The post Hichilema Supporters Burst In Celebration After Opposition Leader Is Freed On A Nolle appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kenya’s Election – the Good, the Bad and the Memorable Moments

[The Conversation Africa] A few hours after Kenya’s polling stations closed on Tuesday August 8th, the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission began transmitting live results.

[The Conversation Africa] A few hours after Kenya's polling stations closed on Tuesday August 8th, the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission began transmitting live results.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya