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Lynley Donnelly

Female prisoners’ suffering ignored

The Jali commission has shone a brutal light on violence and sexual abuse in South African prisons. But the investigation has largely focused on the experience of male inmates, while the battles females prisoner face ''on the inside'' have been downplayed in the commission’s findings.

Multinationals told to clean up their act

Every day corporations across the globe welcome affluent executives into beautifully maintained, spotlessly clean offices. Few stop to think about the lives of the unseen, poorly paid cleaners who keep their offices this way. This week, workers from around the world stood together to focus attention on the long-running strike by South African cleaning workers.

Living in limbo

The failure of the Department of Home Affairs to deal with the vast backlog of asylum-seeker applications is resulting in unlawful mass deportations and escalating human rights abuses at the infamous Lindela Repatriation Centre, according to activists in the refugee rights field.

Dept of Home Affairs under fire over deportations

The Department of Home Affairs has come under fire after it deported 16 Burundian asylum seekers early on Wednesday this week, despite attempts by the individuals' lawyers to obtain an urgent stay of deportation. According to Abeda Bhamjee, of the Wits Law Clinic, the department violated South African law in two ways.

Going underground

An upcoming seminar will focus on whether a cultural underground still exists. Nadine Botha speaks to organiser Fred de Vries.

Caught between eviction and dereliction

The fire in which 12 people died in Johannesburg's CBD last week has highlighted the dangers faced daily by residents of the city's numerous condemned buildings, who live without electricity or sanitation and are forced to cook on primus stoves and open fires.

Jobs going nowhere slowly

Global unemployment rose to record highs last year in spite of continued strong economic growth, meaning efforts to reduce poverty in a year of increased debt relief and development aid achieved very little. A global employment trends survey shows that half of the world's 2,85-billion workers are existing on less than the -a-day poverty line -- the same as a decade ago.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi draws a line in the sand

DREW FORREST, Johannesburg | Friday IN a powerful parliamentary speech full of veiled signals and undercurrents, Minister of Home Affairs and Inkatha Freedom Party...

All I want for Christmas …

David Beresford Another Country The first confidence trickster I came across was, I think, one of my brothers. I must have been six...

Luyt at the coalface as Gauteng coaches quit

WEDNESDAY, 11.00AM:GAUTENG Lions rugby coach Ray Mordt and his assistants Tito Lupini and Hugo van As resigned and refused to coach the team on...

Taking stock of the JSE

Max GebhardtOn stock exchanges worldwide, share prices have been soaring to new heights on the back of strong bullish sentiment. Wall Street's records,...

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

THE advice to NGOs to "adapt or die" in a changing environment is becoming painfully repetitive. It is also superfluous, as we -...

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