May 28, 2017

Church bodies at loggerheads


 . . . As the Free State Council of Churches provincial secretary Sello Dire accuses the SACC of being “a two-faced and double-tounged structure captured by calls for regime change orchestrated by opposition political parties” The SA Council of Churches (SACC) could be headed for acrimonious fragmentation as it gears for a crucial elective conference next month, amid ferocious resistance by the Free State branch to back its calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. The SACC issued a statement on Tuesday claiming it was evident that the country has gone beyond a leadership crisis and that Zuma had lost…

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FS police clash with AfriForum


Free State police commissioner Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane yesterday lashed out at Afrikaner civil rights organisation AfriForum accusing the group of trying to manipulate the police by forming parallel structures to carry out the duties of the police. This follows reports that AfriForum would be holding a meeting tomorrow in Bloemfontein to prepare for the launch of a project called “Nehemiah” to fight crime. The name is derived from the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. Nehemiah was a leader of the Jews who was responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem after returning from captivity. But according to…

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Allegations of abuse at Kimberley prison


A report by Justice Edwin Cameron describes serious problems at Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley, but also finds some positive aspects to the prison. Cameron and three law clerks visited the prison in October 2016 following allegations by prisoners of assault. The report describes findings of an investigation by the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JICS). It found that the contract for the CCTV security cameras expired more than a year ago and 99% of the camera recording system doesn’t work, the general maintenance contract expired more than two years ago, warm water isn’t available, and inmates can’t freely use…

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