A court in South Africa sentenced a man to serve two life sentences for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Her injuries were so horrific that the doctors who treated her required counseling.
Several Southern African countries are dealing with the effects of flooding following heavy rains over much of the region in the past week.
SA PEN invites you to a free event on Thursday 15 November at Kalk Bay Books to mark the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer.
John Maytham will introduce six local writers who will stand in for their imprisoned peers around the world: Tal al-Mallouhi (Syria), Ericson…
“We face emotional, physical, psychological abuse because everywhere you go there is a stigma around the LGBTI people,” activist Aphiwe Ngqamnga said. “It’s not supposed to be like that. We are supposed to be living in a free South Africa where we have gay rights. We do have them but they [fellow South Africans] are not acknowledging that.” Image and story by Pulitzer Center student fellow Melissa Turley. South Africa, 2012. Read the story here»
From Pulitzer Center student fellow Melissa Turley: “If a woman brings a case to court she cannot set foot in the courthouse. A man must represent her.
“If a woman wants to acquire land, she cannot apply for it on her own. A man must assist her.
“She has no say over who her traditional leaders are. She can be subjected to forced labor or harsh punishment at the whim of her chief.
“These stipulations are bits and pieces of the controversial customary law still practiced in rural South Africa. Many South Africans who live in these desolate former “homelands,” as the territory was referred to under apartheid, live as if they are citizens of two countries. The South African constitution provides equality between the sexes while customary law divides them, subverting women to male control.” Read the whole story here.
The United Nations’ IRIN news agency reports that “thousands of frustrated Ethiopian and Somali asylum seekers trying to make their way to South Africa have been marooned in overcrowded camps in northern Mozambique since the government introduced measures limiting their movements.”