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Jaap de Visser presents at Conference on Decentralisation in Tunisia
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 13, 2017

Jaap de Visser presented at the 32rd Conference of the Institut Arabe des Chefs d'Entreprises (IACE) in Sousse, Tunisia. IACE is an NGO in Tunisia that works to support the private sector in Tunisia. This year's IACE Conference (7-8 December 2017) was dedicated to decentralisation.

Political parties’ responses to sexual misconduct is insipid, sluggish and inconsistent – #NotOurLeaders calls for decisive political leadership
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 08, 2017

Since 25 November, during the 16 Days of Activism, the #NotOurLeaders has covered 20 cases of politicians from a spectrum of political parties and people in senior government positions who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct. The nature of the misconduct has included demanding sex for jobs or promotions, verbal and physical harassment, sexual assault, and rape - including rape of children. Some of the people covered by the campaign are facing criminal charges while others have faced internal complaints or disciplinary action. All of the cases have been reported on by media.

What happened to these cases? Mohapi and 4 others
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 07, 2017

In February 2015 Mohapi Jihad Mohapi, chair of the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Select Committee in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend. According to a journalist who had access to the photographs, the woman’s injuries included a blue eye and bruising to most of her upper chest region, the upper part of one arm, as well as one thigh. Mohapi handed himself over to the police and was charged with assault, kidnapping and crimen injuria. The fate of the criminal case is unknown.

Guilty but still protected: Should abusers remain in the political office?
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 06, 2017

In August 2017 the former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, was captured on camera assaulting three women with the assistance of his friends Thulani Madonka and Cyril Madonsela. This led to his resignation and subsequent conviction of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. In early November Manana was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment or a R100 000 fine, as well as community service – a sentence which enables him to remain in Parliament. The Constitution stipulates that individuals only become ineligible to stand as public representatives if, in the last five years, they have received a sentence in excess of 12 months without the option of a fine.

Another Teflon Man - Government ignores it’s own #CountMeIn campaign
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 05, 2017

Esther Mahlangu-Mathibela was sexually harassed for three years by George Mthimunye, the then-municipal manager of the Dr JS Moroka Municipality in Mpumalanga. In 2001 Mthimunye was finally suspended and charged with sexual harassment and unauthorised or fruitless expenditure. He later settled with the municipality and resigned in 2001, reportedly having received a R5 million settlement. Mthimunye was then appointed the municipal manager of the Naledi municipality in Vryburg – and suspended in 2010 in the course of disciplinary proceedings against him, related to tender irregularities.

Aiding and abetting sexual harassment
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 04, 2017

On 1 June 2017 Malibongwe Ngcai started his job as general manager of corporate services in the Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), and Basil Mase the general manager of strategic information management, also in COGTA. Both men had resigned their positions as senior managers in the Eastern Cape Legislature only one day before joining COGTA – so evading any sanctions arising from the disciplinary proceedings against them.

When sexual harassment is rewarded with a golden handshake
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 30, 2017

In March 2017 a 44-year-old government female employee in the labour relations unit of the Sekhukhune District municipal council in Limpopo reportedly had to apply for a protection order against “the institution’s corporate services director.”

#NotOurLeaders Campaign launches
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 24, 2017

#NotOurLeaders Campaign launched by Women and Democracy Initiative, Lawyers for Human Rights and gender violence specialist during 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women. On 25 November, marks the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. Activities led by government emphasise the importance of taking action to end gender-based violence but do political parties walk the talk?

Citizens should be involved in fighting corruption- Dr Chigwata
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 20, 2017

Fighting corruption requires a combined effort, should be a shared objective and citizens need to be actively involved in this fight. This is according to Dullah Omar Institute’s researcher, Dr Tinashe Chigwata during a seminar on Combatting Corruption held at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies recently(STIAS) on 6 November 2017. The seminar was part of STIAS year-end function for PhD Scholarship holders with an audience of students from all over Africa.

Call For Papers: SALGA Research Colloquium
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 15, 2017

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA), in partnership with the University of the Western Cape’s Dullah Omar Institute, will host a research colloquium in Cape Town on 28 – 29 March 2018. The theme of the colloquium is “Rethinking Local Government Transformation: Spatial Planning, Robust Governance and Sustainable Financing as tools for developmental local government”

LLM Bursary on Human Rights Food Security up for grabs!
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 15, 2017

The Socio-economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape (UWC) has a bursary available for a full-time student to study in 2018 towards a Master’s Degree in Law with a specific focus on Human Rights and Food Security.

Dullah Omar Institute welcomes a new Post-Doctoral fellow
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 10, 2017

Dr Conrad Bosire has rejoined the Dullah Omar Institute as a post-doctoral fellow under the SARChI chair. The aim of the fellowship is to update his PhD thesis and research into a publication.

Women and Democracy Initiative launches ParlyBeat
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 09, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute’s Women and Democracy Initiative, in collaboration with the Parliament Watch collective has recently published the first edition of its bi-weekly newsletter, ParlyBeat.

Prof de Visser looks at socio-economic rights, local government in Africa
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 03, 2017

Local government practitioners can't deliver well because they lack credible constitutional powers to help them deliver services. These are words by Prof Jaap de Visser, the director of the Dullah Omar Institute when giving keynote speech at the  4th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at Makerere University in Uganda.

The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 30, 2017

Sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental human right as well as human development issue that states must strive to fulfil. It is guaranteed in various international and regional human rights instruments as well as national laws and policies. This was true at the recent Regional Colloquium on The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in East and Southern Africa Regions.

Seminar unpacks the politics of electioneering in Africa
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 25, 2017

On 24 October 2017, the SARChI Chair in Multilevel Government Law and Policy, Prof Nico Steytler hosted a dialogue session with Dr Conrad Bosire and Dr Zemelak Ayele. The topic of the dialogue was: The politics of electioneering in Africa: The case of Kenya and Ethiopia.

Dullah Omar Institute hosts Zemelak Ayele
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 25, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute hosted Zemelak Ayele, an Associate Professor at the Centre for Federal Studies, Addis Ababa University as a visiting scholar, from 18 September until 25 October.

Prof Mezmur judges the National Schools Moot Court Competition
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 12, 2017

The head of the Children’s Rights Project, Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur was invited to be judge in the final round of the 2017 National Schools Moot Court Competition on the 8th October in the Constitutional Court in Pretoria, together with Justices Madlanga, Mhlantla, Mojapelo, Kollapen, and a number of other experts.

Roundtable focuses on access to food for tertiary students
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 06, 2017

The Socio-economic Rights Project hosted a roundtable on the access to food for students in tertiary institutions in South Africa on the 5th of October 2017. It looked at issues to be addressed from a first-hand perspective, as well as possible solutions going forward relating to access to food for tertiary students.

Graça Machel reflects on the founding principles of the SA Freedom Charter and Constitution
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 06, 2017

I stand here today, along with the memory of Advocate Dullah Omar and the principles of justice and equality he stood for, urging us not to spare the strength or courage required to collectively soul search and move us closer to the South Africa enshrined in the dreams of our Freedom Charter and Constitution. This were the words by renowed humanitarian and international advocate for the rule of law, governance and human rights, Graça Machel during the 11th Dullah Omar Memorial Lecture which took place on 3 October 2017 at the University of the Western Cape, organised by the the Dullah Omar Institute.

Jaap de Visser provides expert input to Ugandan Commission of Inquiry
Author: Jaap
Published: Sep 24, 2017

The Ugandan Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters is tasked by President Museveni to propose reforms to the land sector. Land administration in Uganda is plagued by corruption, land use is often uncontrolled and tenure systems are collapsing.

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