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e-News bulletin 9 October 2020

 

Federations unite against corruption, poverty and austerity

Trade union federations in South Africa declared a national strike against the winds of austerity blowing out the national treasury.
MZI VELAPI, MANDLA MNYAKAMA, RAMATAMO SEHOAI 
 

SAFTU promises rolling mass action

On World Day for Decent Work, trade union federations in South Africa went on strike against austerity measures and pro-business economic policies. 
MZI VELAPI

Casual workers bearing the brunt of Covid-19 and lockdown

The pandemic has targeted the vulnerable in society, and the economic fallout is hurting the 'precariat' the most..
MUZI MZOYI
                SOUTH AFRICA

Together, unions put the government on notice

Four federations joined hands for the first time ever to raise a number of problems faced by both workers and the unemployed, as well as pressing social issues the government has not addressed.
NEW FRAME

The oppressed must organise or starve

The social catastrophe in which the country finds itself after months of lockdown has left impoverished people with the imperative to build their power against an increasingly hostile state.
NEW FRAME

Eastern Cape MEC sues activist for defamation

The province’s member of the executive council for transport Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe is suing a United Front activist for Facebook posts he made that she says paint her as corrupt.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME

Western Cape farmers in court for assault

Two Murraysburg farmers are to appear in the court this month for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. They are accused of assaulting Anthony Koopman who was passing their farm looking for work.
LIEZL HUMAN | GROUNUP

Manager charged for inspecting workers’ underwear

The degrading treatment of four women whose manager forced them to strip to check if they were menstruating is part of a larger systemic problem that persists against black women.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME 

Budget Coalition of SA 
Imali Yesizwe - have your say on a human rights budget for the people


South Africa has been implementing austerity budgeting for several years now. We have seen repeated moves that have taken us backwards in terms of budgeting for human rights and protecting the environment. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) – which outlines the Executive’s proposal on what South Africa’s economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like – is due to be tabled by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni later this month. We anticipate it will deepen austerity – cutting much needed resources to health, education, social development, local government and housing but all the while prioritizing expensive extractive infrastructure projects, predatory private public partnerships as well as the questionable prioritising of debt repayments.
 
The Budget Justice Coalition invites you to contribute to an alternative vision for how South Africa’s money is collected, spent and prioritised. Together we are reimagining Imali Yesizwe (Our Nation’s Money) and building an alternative budget which prioritises human rights. We are developing an alternative budget which is progressive, gender-sensitive, environmentally sustainable and categorical in its prioritisation of the realisation of human rights. We aim to launch this alternative budget before the tabling of the MTBPS.
 
We would like to capture as many voices as possible in this document. To do so, we have created a short form, which you can fill out here:
https://tinyurl.com/HumanRightsBudgetSA   
                COVID-19

Latest Covid-19 Statistics from African Countries

As of October 08, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries has reached 1,536,831. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 37,095, and recoveries 1,279,758.
ALL AFRICA
 

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight Covid-19 resurgence

The FT analyses the scale of outbreaks and the number of deaths around the world
FINANCIAL TIMES

Renowned educator Paulo Freire would have questioned how we are schooling our kids in the age of COVID-19

Schools across the globe are struggling to provide online academic alternatives during the coronavirus, especially for students from racially and economically marginalized groups.
ANTONIA DARDER, JAMES KIRYLO | THE CONVERSATION

Billionaires have never been richer despite the pandemic

The wealth of the world's billionaires reached a new record high in the middle of the pandemic as a rebound in tech stocks boosted the fortunes of the global elite.
HANNA ZIADY | CNN
               INTERNATIONAL

The China And Africa Connection US Imperialism Does Not Want You To Know About

We have a monumental problem on our hands. The issue of the U.S. policy of Full-spectrum Dominance is one that is connected to a host of contradictions afflicting the U.S. imperial order at this time.
DANNY HAIPHONG | BLACK AGENDA REPORT
 

UN Report On Venezuela Omits The Greatest Violation Of Human Rights

President of Fundalatin, Venezuela’s oldest human rights organization, testified to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and decried an attempt by a UNHRC fact-finding mission to erase people who were “lynched, burned alive, decapitated and murdered by extremist sectors of the Venezuelan opposition.”
LEONARDO FLORES | POPULAR RESISTANCE

Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing: The only just outcome is his freedom

The testimony portion of the extradition hearing of Julian Assange, taking place in the United Kingdom, concluded after four weeks. Assange will remain in detention in Belmarsh Prison until January when the judge will deliver her verdict.
MARGARET FLOWERS | POPULAR RESISTANCE

John Pilger: Eyewitness To The Agony Of Julian Assange

"The prevailing atmosphere has been shocking. I say that without hesitation; I have sat in many courts and seldom known such a corruption of due process; this is due revenge. Putting aside the ritual associated with ‘British justice’, at times it has been evocative of a Stalinist show trial."
JOHN PILGER | MINT PRESS NEWS 
               OPINION

Two conspiracies and a cremation

The upper caste gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman has spurred an Indian government cover-up. Let’s keep voting for the people who are leading us into penury and war, tearing us apart limb from limb.
ARUNDHATI ROY | SCROLL

US Military Bases Are Key Pieces of the Global War Machine

We don’t hear about them very often, but the estimated 800 US military bases around the globe have played an essential role in turning the whole world into a bloody battlefield. Any effort to roll back US empire has to include dismantling the machinery of US military bases.
SARAH LAZARE | JACOBIN MAG

               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Israel’s apartheid perfected and enduring

Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories is nothing but a textbook example of apartheid – an offshoot of the South African version, and has taken root.
JOHN DUGARD | NEW FRAME

Why African states must not help to normalise Israel

The long and bruising fight for economic and political emancipation, for both Palestinians and Africans, is far from over.
TAFI MHAKA | MIDDLE EAST EYE

Palestinian farmers face uncertain olive harvest season amid settler attacks and pandemic

Palestinians say settlers and the Israeli army have taken advantage of lockdown measures due to the pandemic this year to further push land grabs and vandalism.
FAREED TAAMALLAH | MIDDLE EAST EYE
               ENVIRONMENT

Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries

Africa is the only continent where deforestation and forest conversion to agricultural land is on the rise. Reversing and preventing land degradation is critical if we want ecosystems to keep working.
KARL HUGHES | THE CONVERSATION

Indonesia mass strikes loom over cuts to environmental safeguards and workers' rights

New law to boost investment is a ‘tragic miscalculation’, campaigners say, as unions plan strike action in protest.
FEBRIANA FIRDAUS, REBECCA RATCLIFFE | THE GUARDIAN

               NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

The Future of Jobs and Skills in Africa: Preparing the Region for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

With more than 60% of its population under the age of 25, sub-Saharan Africa is already the world’s youngest region today. As this young population enters the world of work, the region has a demographic opportunity.
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
               CULTURE

The Black Bill Gates

Beyonce offered me escapism in my childhood. But now I see the contradictions and shortcomings in her claimed radicalness.
NALEDI MBABA | AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

New find reveals grim truth of colonial Belgium’s ‘human zoos’

Antwerp exhibition tells of the lives and deaths of Congolese shipped over to be put on show in cities from 1885 to 1958.
DANIEL BOFFEY | THE GUARDIAN

 
 
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