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 commissionâ€™s findings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.