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South Africa Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS) in collaboration with the Congolese Civil Society organizations in South Africa will be hosting a Reaching Consensus Dialogue Seminar under the theme “Understanding the Politics/Economics, Human Rights and Possibilities of Reconciliation in the DRC, Developing Intervention Strategies for the Solidarity Movement” on the 26th of September 2013 at Cosatu house, Braamfontein, 9am- 1pm.

SAFIS is a broad based platform bringing together activist individuals and organizations around the common goal of supporting, through solidarity actions, struggles being waged for human rights and justice across the African Continent and the world.

Despite existing local expertise and strategies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to build regional solidarity, peace-supporting structures at the community level, provincial level, national level, official debates, dialogues, peace talks and media coverage continue to focus predominantly on military interventions. The new Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) agreement for DRC, an accord signed by 11 African heads of state in Addis Ababa in February 2013, has no mention of local civil society and it was not prepared with any involvement of those local actors. This means for peace building and regional solidarity that the relevant actors need to be on panel such as the Congolese government, the Rwandan government, the Ugandan government, South Sudan government, the Angolan government, the South African government, customary chiefs and influential business community, various armed groups of the East and the ordinary Congolese civil societies both at home and abroad.

 The objectives of reaching consensus dialogue seminar are to:

  • To provide clear, credible information and public diplomacy to the people of the South Africa and the region on the crisis in the Eastern DRC;
  • Build better cohesion and trust between Congolese Diaspora in South Africa, taking into consideration the  cultural diversity and the Congolese dynamic in order to contribute to a positive change in the Great lake Region;
  • Develop visible strategies for intervention by the solidarity movement in collaboration with Congolese organizations in South Africa and beyond and
  • To support and sensitize the importance of consensus dialogue between government and other stakeholders in the conflict for lasting solution in the Eastern DRC.

Details of the reaching consensus dialogue on the Eastern DR Congo:

Venue:  COSATU House, Braamfontein

Date:     26th September 2013

Time:     09h00 – 13h00

Issued in Johannesburg on behalf of SAFIS on 25th of September 2013.

 For more information, contact:

South Africa Forum for International Solidarity

Secretariat hosted by HURISA

Sipho Theys

SAFIS Coordinator 

Tel:   +27 (11) 333 1730

Fax:  +27 (11) 333 1735

Mob: +27 825000811

 Email: sipho@safis.org.za

Web: www.safis.org.za

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Comments Off on SAFIS STATEMENT ON THE KENYAN WESTGATE MALL TERRORIST ATTACK 23 SEPTEMBER 2013

The South Africa Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS) joins other progressive movements on the continent in expressing grave concern by the recent development in Kenya; SAFIS strongly condemns the acts of terrorism perpetrated in the Kenyan Westgate Mall to innocent people. These barbaric attacks have taken the lives of more than 60 people and left more than 200 wounded.

 

SAFIS is calling on the regional and Continental leaders to strengthen Terrorism Acts Early Warning Mechanisms so as to reinforce the protection of the people of our continent. It is very sad to notice that some heartless groups of people can just decide to act in a savage manner without any human remorse, stated Sipho Theys SAFIS Coordinator.

 

These barbaric acts cannot be tolerated on the Continent since the African Union has put in place some legal instruments for prevention and combating terrorism, says Médard Abenge. This mechanism was in response of the bombing and killing of more than 240 African people and several thousand injured in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam in 1998.

 

Out of 54 AU member States, only 14 have ratified the AU Protocol on Prevention and Combating Terrorism. Kenya is among the State parties that signed this Panafrican legal instrument in 2008 but has not yet ratified it, informed Corlett Letlojane. We therefore urge the Kenyan Government to ratify this Protocol and implement it without any further delay. At the same time all other African Countries that have not yet signed or ratified this regional mechanism should do so without anymore delay.

 

Issued in Johannesburg on behalf of SAFIS on 23rd September 2013

 

For more information, contact:

Sipho Theys

SAFIS Coordinator

 

South Africa Forum for International Solidarity

Secretariat hosted by HURISA

Tel:   +27 (11) 333 1730

Fax:  +27 (11) 333 1735

Mob: +27 825000811

 

Email: sipho@safis.org.za

Web: www.safis.org.za

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Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition:

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AFRICAN UNION ADVISORY BOARD ON CORRUPTION
Presents
Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition:
“How to make corruption unattractive in Africa”.

Are you an African youth concerned about corruption on the continent?
Have you or anyone close to you been a victim of corruption?
Do you believe your future is in any way threatened by corrupt practices?
Would you want your voice to be heard on the issue of corruption?
And do you have a passion for writing?

Then you should seriously consider participating in this year’s ‘Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition,’ organized by the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC). This is within the framework of festivities to mark the tenth anniversary of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) which include the annual International Anti-corruption week, which is a major item in the Regional Anticorruption Programme for Africa, developed by the UNECA, in collaboration with the AUABC.

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Comments Off on Sadc’s final report affirms Zimbabwe poll was ‘free and credible’ by Ray Ndlovu, September 03 2013, 05:53

HARARE — The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) elections observer mission on Monday released its final report on Zimbabwe’s national elections held on July 31 in which it endorsed the poll as “free, peaceful and generally credible”.

The region has been at pains to explain its endorsement of the elections, which have been roundly condemned by western governments and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) as a farce.

It is unlikely that the European Union (EU) and its allies will accept the final election report, even though it had outsourced its observation of the elections to Sadc. The EU, together with many western governments, was barred from sending observer missions to the Zimbabwean polls.

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe, head of the Sadc election observer mission, said at a press briefing in Harareon Monday that despite the shortcomings, the elections were free and had expressed the will of the people. “The elections that took place on 31 July 2013 were free — free in the sense that our observers noted that the candidates were free to campaign, free to associate, free to express their views and the voters were free to cast their votes.”

Mr Mugabe won 61% of votes against Mr Tsvangirai’s 33%.

Trevor Maisiri, a senior analyst from the International Crisis Group in Johannesburg, said the endorsement of the election results had sounded the death knell for the MDC-T’s hopes of seeking redress from Sadc.

“The statement of the final report is not materially different from the contents of the preliminary report,” Mr Maisiri said.

“It endorses the outcome, which is the most important part of any election observation and monitoring report — endorsement or nonendorsement.

“The report also endorses the elections as having been peaceful and generally credible. The component of fairness is, however, withheld.

“The final report doesn’t seem to dwell on other irregularities around assisted voters and voters who were turned away.”

Meanwhile, Mr Mugabe is expected this week to announce a new cabinet, amid growing speculation over the choices of ministers he would make. Ruling party insiders said he would keep to the Zanu (PF) top brass and not offer any cabinet positions to the MDC-T.

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said the leadership of the official opposition had resolved not to take any positions in Mr Mugabe’s cabinet.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: REUTERS

HARARE — The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) elections observer mission on Monday released its final report on Zimbabwe’s national elections held on July 31 in which it endorsed the poll as “free, peaceful and generally credible”.

The region has been at pains to explain its endorsement of the elections, which have been roundly condemned by western governments and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) as a farce.

It is unlikely that the European Union (EU) and its allies will accept the final election report, even though it had outsourced its observation of the elections to Sadc. The EU, together with many western governments, was barred from sending observer missions to the Zimbabwean polls.

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe, head of the Sadc election observer mission, said at a press briefing in Harareon Monday that despite the shortcomings, the elections were free and had expressed the will of the people. “The elections that took place on 31 July 2013 were free — free in the sense that our observers noted that the candidates were free to campaign, free to associate, free to express their views and the voters were free to cast their votes.”

Mr Mugabe won 61% of votes against Mr Tsvangirai’s 33%.

Trevor Maisiri, a senior analyst from the International Crisis Group in Johannesburg, said the endorsement of the election results had sounded the death knell for the MDC-T’s hopes of seeking redress from Sadc.

“The statement of the final report is not materially different from the contents of the preliminary report,” Mr Maisiri said.

“It endorses the outcome, which is the most important part of any election observation and monitoring report — endorsement or nonendorsement.

“The report also endorses the elections as having been peaceful and generally credible. The component of fairness is, however, withheld.

“The final report doesn’t seem to dwell on other irregularities around assisted voters and voters who were turned away.”

Meanwhile, Mr Mugabe is expected this week to announce a new cabinet, amid growing speculation over the choices of ministers he would make. Ruling party insiders said he would keep to the Zanu (PF) top brass and not offer any cabinet positions to the MDC-T.

MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said the leadership of the official opposition had resolved not to take any positions in Mr Mugabe’s cabinet.

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