May 28, 2017

SA to appear before ICC over Sudan’s al Bashir

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Al Bashir is the first sitting president to be wanted by the ICC, and the first person to be charged by the ICC for the crime of genocide South Africa is expected to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) next Friday to account for failing to arrest President Omar al Bashir, when he attended an African Union Summit in South Africa in June 2015. The president of Sudan is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and murder – among other serious crimes committed in Darfur. The ICC has issued two warrants of arrest for…

Court upholds UFS language policy

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the University of the Free State’s new language policy. The UFS adopted a new language policy in March 2016, which replaces Afrikaans and English as parallel mediums of instruction, and makes English the primary medium. The SCA upheld the university’s appeal against a high court order which said the decision was unlawful. AfriForum and Solidarity brought the application to review and set aside the adoption of the policy. In a unanimous judgment presented by Justice Azhar Cachalia, the SCA said that the UFS’s conduct had been exemplary in the manner…

Stop politicising funerals!

Free State ANC says burials are no platform to wage political battles after Kathrada service was turned into political mudslinging event The ANC in the Free State has called on party members to desist from using platforms such as funerals — which in African culture are always solemn, family occasions — to fight petty political battles but rather use internal party platforms to voice discontent or any displeasure. Provincial secretary William Bulwane issued the caution against the needless politicisation of family and other social gatherings at a provincial memorial service of the late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada held at Mangaung…