Raped At 11, Ntokozo Is Finally Able to Tell Her Story, 13 Years Later

[What’sUpHIV] ZIZO ZIKALI writes: Ntokozo Zakwe is a young woman from Hillcrest in KwaZulu Natal who was raped when she was only 11 years old. The man who raped her threatened her and said there would be consequences if she told anyone about it. Now, t…

[What'sUpHIV] ZIZO ZIKALI writes: Ntokozo Zakwe is a young woman from Hillcrest in KwaZulu Natal who was raped when she was only 11 years old. The man who raped her threatened her and said there would be consequences if she told anyone about it. Now, thirteen years later, she is ready to tell her story.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Western Cape Govt Allocates R75 Million for Fire, Storm, Drought Relief

[News24Wire] The Western Cape cabinet has allocated R75m to deal with the consequences of the Knysna fires, damages caused by the recent storm, and drought relief.

[News24Wire] The Western Cape cabinet has allocated R75m to deal with the consequences of the Knysna fires, damages caused by the recent storm, and drought relief.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

BBBEE Commission Welcomes Lowering of Ownership Transactions

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (B-BBEE Commission) has welcomed the Department of Trade and Industry’s lowering of its threshold for major B-BBEE ownership transactions.

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (B-BBEE Commission) has welcomed the Department of Trade and Industry's lowering of its threshold for major B-BBEE ownership transactions.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

CSO Applauds UPND For Going To Court Over 48 Suspended MPs

YALI President Andrew Ntwewe has commended UPND MPs for their move to seek judicial review so as to have the punishment mated against them by the Speaker of the National Assembly reduced. And Ntwewe says the Speaker should have taken … Continued

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YALI President Andrew Ntwewe has commended UPND MPs for their move to seek judicial review so as to have the punishment mated against them by the Speaker of the National Assembly reduced. And Ntwewe says the Speaker should have taken the current political situation in the country before meting out the harshest possible punishment as the move adds to the bad picture that is being painted about the country’s democracy and also qualify’s the allegation that Zambia has been turned into a dictatorial state. Ntwewe said in as much as the MPs deserved punishment for boycotting the official opening of parliament and the presidential address it was important to note that 30 days was too much hence the move to seek judicial review was commendable. He said the actions of the Speaker will stifle debate in the house . “Upon critical perusal of the parliamentary standing orders no 72 which provides for punishment to be mated out we note with sadness that the speaker has mated out the harshest punishment possible to an erlring MP. “We note that order No 72 provides three avenues, No 1 it provides 7 day suspension, No 2 it provides for the 14 day suspension and 3 it provides for the 30 day suspension however we note that the speaker has chosen the harshest punishment and this is not good for democracy because we believe that MPs should be in parliament to debate and formulate bills that will have a positive bearing on the lives of people. “In this situation we want to believe that the move is not good for our country’s democracy because the debate in parliament is going to be seriously compromised as it will be MPs from the governing party and if they are only MPs from the governing party that does not paint a good picture about our country,” he said. He wondered what the international community will say about Zambia’s democracy when they read that MPs from the opposition have been suspended while their leader is incarcerated. “There should have been some humanity exercised when the speaker was mating out his punishment. The reason why we are talking about humanity or Ubuntu is that, the country right now is engulfed in serious political debate and there have been so much political tension from the 2016 election that Zambia is sliding in terms of democracy and respect for human rights and so the speaker should have taken a number of facts into account before mating out such kind of punishment. “One has to take cognizant of the fact that the UPND MPs will be suspended while their leader is in incarcerated so what does that say about the country to the person who is reading about it out there? They will conclude that the country has indeed sliden into dictatorship,” he said. On Tuesday Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini suspended 48 UPND MPs as punishment for missing the presidential address to parliament. The UPND through their chairman for Legal Affairs Jack Mwiimbu said they will seek judicial review to challenge the decision by the legislature. The post CSO Applauds UPND For Going To Court Over 48 Suspended MPs appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Public Interviews for New Prosecutor-General

[The Herald] Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabiza said the country’s new Prosecutor-General will, for the first time in history, be appointed through public interviews and the process was already in motion.

[The Herald] Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabiza said the country's new Prosecutor-General will, for the first time in history, be appointed through public interviews and the process was already in motion.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Church Closed for Being Divisive

[New Era] Windhoek -The Namibian police have again ordered Bishop Vilho Paulus of the Jesus Christ Ministry (JCM) in the Okuryangava Ongulumbashe area of Windhoek to close his church, for causing division and strife in the local community.

[New Era] Windhoek -The Namibian police have again ordered Bishop Vilho Paulus of the Jesus Christ Ministry (JCM) in the Okuryangava Ongulumbashe area of Windhoek to close his church, for causing division and strife in the local community.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Despite a Difficult Start Young Entrepreneur Sees Good Outlook

[New Era] Windhoek -For a young person to start up a business can be stressful and even devastating at times, with lots of challenges such as financial difficulties and sometimes lack of clients and promotions.

[New Era] Windhoek -For a young person to start up a business can be stressful and even devastating at times, with lots of challenges such as financial difficulties and sometimes lack of clients and promotions.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Sam Nujoma Half Marathon Launched

[New Era] Windhoek -Local long distance runners are geared up and ready to strut their stuff at this year’s 7th edition of the popular MTC Sam Nujoma Half Marathon, which was officially launched in the capital yesterday.

[New Era] Windhoek -Local long distance runners are geared up and ready to strut their stuff at this year's 7th edition of the popular MTC Sam Nujoma Half Marathon, which was officially launched in the capital yesterday.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia