Fighting land corruption in a gender sensitive way

Land is critical for women in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural communities where they contribute substantially to food production and often depend on cash crops for income. But when customary law fails to recognise women as legitimate land owners, men are able to manipulate women’s land rights for their own gain, resulting in corrupt activities Read more >

Land corruption eroding women’s rights in Ghana

By Nicky Rehbock First published on Corruption Watch Connected In Ghana, land is an indispensable asset. It’s a source of livelihood and social identity, and men and women should have equal opportunities to benefit from it. But when entrenched patriarchy tips the power scales, and corruption reinforces cultural norms, the impact on women can be Read more >

Kenyan schools face land corruption battle

By Nicky Rehbock It was December and the school grounds were empty. Students and staff of Langata Road Primary School in Nairobi were home for the holidays, enjoying the break from lessons during the hot, sticky days. At first no one noticed when builders moved onto the property with bricks and cement. Within two days Read more >

Urban land in Zim: power, politics and corruption

By Mary Jane Ncube, Farai Shone Mutondoro and Manase Chiweshe As political parties gear up for the 2018 national elections in Zimbabwe, urban land appears to be emerging as an important campaigning tool for ruling party Zanu PF. The use of land as a political tool is not new in Zimbabwe – in the early 2000s a controversial Read more >

New campaign to safeguard SA’s asylum-seekers

PRESS RELEASE: SIBANTU BANYE/WE ARE ONE PEOPLE: WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia launches actions to safeguard asylum-seekers in South Africa ahead of World Refugee Day Weekend event starts advocacy effort to protect asylum-seeker rights and pledge campaign to fight xenophobia 2016-06-16 JOHANNESBURG – On the eve of World Refugee Day (20 June), Read more >

Civil society demands justice for Bazooka

Photo by John Clarke On Thursday 19 May 2016 a group of social justice organisations wrote to the minister of police and the national police commissioner requesting a public progress report by the South African Police Service (SAPS) regarding the investigation into the assassination of Amadiba Crisis Committee chairperson Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe. Mr Rhadebe was Read more >

Joint NGO statement on killing of EC activist

Last night in Mbizana, Eastern Cape, unknown attackers impersonating police officers assassinated the activist and chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee at his home, in front of his young child. Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe from Mdatya village in Amadiba died on the scene after being shot in the head eight times. Under Rhadebe’s leadership, the Amadiba Read more >

NGO statement on Helen Suzman Foundation raid

On Sunday afternoon the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) offices in Parktown, Johannesburg, were the target of a military-style raid. Those conducting the raid clearly knew what they were looking for: computers and other documentation relating to the programmatic work of the HSF were taken. The brazen, co-ordinated nature of the operation and its targeted, selective Read more >

G20 drops ball on beneficial ownership

The G20 has not delivered on promises to tackle issues of beneficial ownership – this is revealed in a report released on Thursday by Transparency International. In November 2014 the G20 countries – of which South Africa is one – met in Brisbane. Among the topics up for discussion was the question of beneficial ownership. Read more >