Tag Archives: Approach

South African law needs a zero tolerance approach to racist utterances

2018-10-04 05:00

Kelly Phelps

A “selfie” video rant has landed a South African man, Kessie Nair, in hot water. Nair faces six counts of crimen injuria and two of incitement to public violence after recording himself spewing racist language at the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. He has since apologised to the president.

But what is crimen injuria, and why is it being used in this instance?

Crimen injuria is a supple common law offence that has been applied to a diverse array of conduct. It’s a unique feature of South African criminal law, and focuses on the protection of dignity and privacy, rather than the protection of reputation, which is encompassed by the law of defamation.

It’s defined in South Africa as “unlawfully and intentionally…

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Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic; will approach the Caribbean late next week

Kirk is expected to move west toward the Caribbean Ocean over the next several days. It may impact the Windward Islands as soon as Wednesday.
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Experts Pleased Over China’s ‘Five-Nos’ Approach to Africa | News

Zambian economists have expressed gratification at China’s “five-nos” approach in its relationship with African countries. Lubinda Haabazoka, president of the Economics Association of Zambia, said it is delightful that China, unlike the United States and Europe, has refrained from imposing its will on and interfering in African countries’ internal affairs while engaging with the continent.

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Hurricane Center warns VI of Isaac's approach

Just days after VITEMA Director Mona Barnes explained to senators why the territory is unprepared to handle another storm when the Caribbean is in …
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African Regulators Taking ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach on Cryptocurrency: Ecobank

African countries want to regulate cryptocurrency, but hardly any one wants to take the lead in responding to the meteoric rise of this technology and asset class.

That’s according to a new report from the Togo-based Ecobank, the leading independent regional banking group that serves nearly 40 countries in West and Central Africa.

The report, which examined the regulatory response to cryptocurrencies in the 39 sub-Saharan countries, found that regulators in most jurisdictions are taking a “wait-and-see” approach, hoping that they can learn from the mistakes of their neighbors before they take action themselves.

“African countries appear to be looking to their neighbours to regulate and innovate first, and learn from their mistakes, rather than being the first mover,” the bank…

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White paper highlights Gigaba’s antipoor and anti-African approach

One of the most controversial aspects of the white paper is the plan to establish asylum-seeker processing centres. These centres will be used for the detention of asylum seekers while their applications are being processed. The use of blanket detention of migrants as the primary way of managing migration is problematic in that it amounts to the criminalisation of the poor.

The proposals in the white paper that deal with the asylum system are regressive and likely to be in breach of the Constitution. As Lawyers for Human Rights has pointed out, the blanket detention provision is an “inherent violation of the right to human dignity” that will fail to “meet the requirements of proportionality under the limitations clause under section 36 of the…

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