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SA Secrecy Bill: Cwele’s Convulsions and Constitutional Challenge

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele whose wife was convicted for drug trafficking this May has offered a curious assessment of the public interest argument/Photo/ReutersSouth Africa's ruling party State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele on 16 November claimed "foreign spies" have been paying civil society groups to oppose the African National Congress' (ANC) new Protection of State Information Bill.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:41

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Zimbabwe: MPs threaten to derail budget

Last year, Vice President Joice Mujuru and Tsvangirai had to whip the legislators into line for them to approve the budget after they raised similar concerns/Photo/ReutersZimbabwean parliamentarians have threatened to derail the southern African country's proposed 2012 national budget vowing not to pass it unless their demands are met.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 19:57

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Zimbabwe needs $2.5bn for food security

Finance minister Tendai Biti three-year Agriculture Rolling Financing Strategy will align the annual budget provisions with the requirements and timing of the country’s summer agricultural season/Photo/ReutersZimbabwe needs to spend a staggering $2.5bn a year on agriculture to ensure food security under a policy that will be financed from 2012 by a three-year Agriculture Rolling Financing Strategy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 17:57

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Thousands gather in Durban for Climate talks

United States and China together produce about 40 per cent of global carbon emissions/Photo/ReutersSouth African leader, President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to deliver the opening address at the United Nations Conference of the Parties, also known as COP 17 summit in Durban today.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 12:14

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Zimbabwe's police most corrupt in Southern Africa

TI survey says Zimbabwe police top the list of the most corrupt institutions/Photo/ReutersA survey by Transparency International says police in Zimbabwe top the list of the most corrupt institutions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 18:10

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South Africa's Info Bill Protests Continue

HRW describes the Bill as a “a blow to freedom of expression and democratic accountability”/Photo/Reuters

Civic society activists and the media have threatened to ratchet up protests as dissatisfaction over South Africa's controversial Protection of Information Bill escalates.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 10:37

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