Nobel Prize-winning South African author Nadine Gordimer has written to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to add her voice to unprecedented protests against the ruling military junta in Burma. Eight truckloads of riot police moved into Yangon on Tuesday after a second day of mass protests against the military junta.
The African National Congress Women's League is to finalise its nominations for the party's leadership on Monday. Earlier, it was reported that the women's league favoured Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The league, however, refuted this saying it would "speak for itself" once it had consolidated the provincial nominations.
Churches should encourage a diversity of opinions and frank debate in the run-up up to the African National Congress's election of its new leadership in December, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) said on Wednesday. "Processes relating to elections are critical for the strength of democracy in our country," said the SACC.
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) expressed its "grave concern" on Wednesday at the tendency of politicians to shame and humiliate colleagues with whom they disagree. "An increasing number of our political leaders and political parties appear to be going about their business by publicly disgracing one another," it said.