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Thandi Modise
Ramaphosa to address gender-based violence in Parliament
15 September 2019, 1:05 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a joint sitting of Parliament to address gender-based violence.

The role of men, and their voices against gender-based violence, continue to draw attention.

President Ramaphosa and National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise, are among those who called on men to take the lead in combating violence against women and girls.

When he recently addressed the nation in a televised message, President Ramphosa said gender-based violence is a man’s problem.

“It is men who rape and kill women. There is therefore an obligation on the men of our country to end such behaviour and such crimes.”

The President is to address the nation on Wednesday, with both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces coming together under one roof.

Modise recently questioned whether male MPs have done enough to denounce the wrongs done by other men in society. She says an activist parliament should go beyond the debates in the House and receiving petitions from society. Modise wants the voices of male parliamentarians to be stronger.

Pep Guardiola
“We can’t win all the time,” says glum Guardiola
15 September 2019, 11:14 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shrugged off his team’s shock 3-2 defeat by newly-promoted Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday saying his team simply cannot be expected to win every week.

Guardiola’s team beat Liverpool to the title by a solitary point last season after winning their last 14 games.

But after five games of this season they already trail Juergen Klopp’s side by five points.

“The people cannot expect us to win or pick up 100 points all the time. We’re going to recover now and come back,” said Guardiola after the loss at Carrow Road.

City won 32 of 38 games last season, losing only twice and they had not suffered a league defeat since their 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United on January 29.

The prior season, City achieved a record 100 points, losing just two matches in the entire campaign and finishing 19 points clear at the top.




Wits University students
HSRC wants research on the causes of gender violence
15 September 2019, 8:13 AM

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has called on the research community to step up efforts to understand the root causes of gender-based violence. This follows a recent string of crimes against women and children resulting in several members of the public calling for harsher sentences for perpetrators.

South Africans have also taken to social media using the #AmINext- to call for criminal justice reform.

HSRC’s CEO, Crain Soudien, says policies to combat the scourge must be developed through thorough research.

“It’s important for the research community to be coming together because we don’t have a deep understanding of what’s going on and what are the causes of what’s happening. And this is a matter of national urgency.

“You can’t give it a policy on the basis of people’s opinions. So we need to have a deep understanding of what’s going on in people’s houses, the situations people find themselves in on the streets,” says Soudien.

Migrants board a vehicle at the port.
 Rome lets charity ship head to Italian port
15 September 2019, 6:41 AM

Italy’s new government allowed a French charity ship to bring ashore 82 migrants on Saturday in an apparent reversal of the uncompromising, closed-door policy of the previous administration.

However, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who heads the 5-Star Movement in the governing coalition, said the Ocean Viking was only being given access to the southern island of Lampedusa because other European states had agreed to take in many of those on board.

The government formally took office on Tuesday , promising a fresh approach to migration following the hardline clampdown on rescue ships introduced by former interior minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday  that “several EU countries” had agreed to take in the Africans aboard the Ocean Viking but did not give further details. The ship is run by French charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders.

It picked up the migrants off Libya earlier this week and had asked both Italy and Malta for permission to dock. Recent such requests from other boats had been rejected, leaving migrants stranded at sea for prolonged periods.


Bavelile Hlongwa
Hlongwa died serving the people of South Africa: Dlamini-Zuma
15 September 2019, 6:21 AM

Co-operative Governance Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says Bavelile Hlongwa died as she had lived, serving the people of South Africa.

The Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy died in a vehicle crash on Friday night. It’s believed that Hlongwa and her security detail had stopped to assist the occupants of another vehicle that had overturned near the Carousel Plaza in Hammanskraal, when a truck crashed into them.

Dlamini-Zuma describes the evening with Hlongwa at an event at the University of Limpopo.

“She was very happy, talking, taking photos and she was just her happy self it was very difficult to process and to reconcile the two. She has passed on and we had just parted on a very happy note. But of course we have to realise that everybody has their race to run. Sometimes you wonder why this person? She’s young, very active. But clearly she has to fulfil because her years are not as long as our years,” says Dalmini-Zuma.

Dlamini-Zuma says Hlongwa was one of the young ANC leaders who senior members of the party wanted to groom for the future.

“She was a dependable comrade, reliable and a very frank comrade. She would tell you exactly what she thinks, very firm in her views. If you don’t agree with her you must have very good arguments to try and convince her otherwise,” says Dlamini-Zuma.

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