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Sona 2014: Zuma raises concern over mining, protests

In his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma highlighted his administration’s successes but also expressed worry over violent protests. President Jacob Zuma has warned that further conflicts within the mining industry could destroy the South African economy, saying business and labour should work together to stabilise industrial relations. Read More>>

Cops shoot Limpopo teen, sixth protester killed by cops this year

Limpopo police allegedly shot dead a teenage boy during a protest in Bolobedu at the weekend — the sixth person reported to be killed by police this year, a spokesman said on Monday. Read More>>

We are a caring govt – despite human rights report

Police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi says the newly released Human Rights Watch report creates the wrong impression of the South African police. Read More>>

Two people killed in protest near Brits

Police confirmed that two people were killed and another two injured in a stand-off between protesters and police near Brits in the North West, eNCA reported on Monday. Read More>>

BCCSA won’t ban ‘Islamist militants’ term

Johannesburg – The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) will not impose a blanket ban on the use of the term “Islamist militants” in the media, it said on Sunday. Read More>>

ANC suppresses real history to boost its claim to legitimacy

Within hours of Nelson Mandela’s death, the South African Communist Party (SACP) at last admitted what I and some other historians had discovered through patient research – namely, that Mandela was at the time of his arrest in 1962 a member not only of the party, but also of its central committee. Read More>>

MDC asks court for access to voting data

THE Zimbabwe High Court will on Wednesday hear two petitions filed by Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, asking for the release of the voting data and information he needs to help prop up his challenge to the July elections. Read More>>

DA draws line on Gaddafi documents

Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday said it will not accede to a request by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) for more time to furnish the party with documents related to the so-called Gaddafi billions. Read More>>

South Africa: Confronting Choices About Free Expression

Though the shackles of apartheid and the public role of Nelson Mandela have faded, South Africa is confronting questions about government surveillance in the digital era, media regulation and artistic censorship. Read More>>

We are watching you! Tech helps Africans hold governments to account.

(CNN) — With hundreds of millions of Africans owning mobile phones, citizens are becoming increasingly well connected. This is providing a powerful opportunity for citizens to access critical information about their parliaments and to report on human rights violations, corruption and poor service delivery. Read More>>

DA seeks access to Medupi contracts

Johannesburg – The DA will submit an application for access to all agreements between Eskom and its contractors at the Medupi power station in Limpopo, the party said on Monday. Read M0re>>


The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) welcomes today’s release of Pretoria Principles, a new international standard around access to information and whistleblowing in the National Security field. Read More>>

SA Youth Simply Need Access to Information to Improve Their Lives.

As we commemorate Youth Day, millions of young people across the country are faced with unemployment and poverty. Read More>>

Certain aspects of democracy can sometimes be difficult to stomach. Take, for instance, free speech.

We in the media invariably uphold freedom of expression as essential to democracy. That’s easy when you more or less agree with everything that’s been said. Read More>>

Lion ad: Acsa insists balance needed

Johannesburg – The Airports Company of SA (Acsa) accepts that its decision to remove Avaaz’s anti-lion bone trade campaign posters from OR Tambo International Airport affected its freedom of expression, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg heard on Monday. Read More>>

Democratic elections tied to access to information.

Elections are a key component of any functioning democracy in any society. They provide the most credible and respected platform or mechanism upon which societies and nations are able to exercise their right to choose leadership of their choice. Read More>>

Test of secrecy versus free expression

The Constitutional Court is to hear arguments on sections of the law on the confidentiality of asylum applications. Read More>>

Media heads to ConCourt over Refugee Act

Johannesburg – Argument on sections of the law on the confidentiality of asylum applications, will be heard in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. Read More>>

ConCourt reserves judgment on media’s access to Krejcir hearing

The Constitutional Court has reserved judgment on whether the media has the right to access the Refugee Appeal Board hearing of Radovan Krejcir. Read More>>