South Africa


Systemic Gender-Based Violence In South Africa

The gruesome murders of women witnessed by South Africa in the last few weeks has acted as a disturbing signal of the gender-based violence plaguing this country. South Africa has experienced a surge in rapes and killings of women with three high-profile cases sparking campaigns on Twitter. The first was Tshegofatso Pule. […]


Why The Western System Of COVID-19 Response Won’t Work In Africa

Confirmed Coronavirus cases have reached over 100,000 in Africa. According to the Africa Center of Regional Studies, the first case of COVID-19 in Africa was reported on February 15th, two months after the virus was initially identified in China. The spread of the pandemic in Africa has been relatively slow […]


Excessive Enforcement Of COVID-19 Lockdowns: The UN Warns Against Police Brutality

Police worldwide have been using excessive and sometimes deadly force to enforce coronavirus-related curfews and lockdowns. The UN Human Rights Office has observed a range of human rights violations including arbitrary detention, harassment, abuse, beatings, and deaths in over 20 countries. In Nigeria, security forces have killed 18 people in […]


African Population Oppressed By Violent Enforcement Of National Lockdowns Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Abusive Authorities Kenya is one of several African states who have implemented strict and sometimes violent lockdown measures in the battle against Coronavirus. Kenya, Uganda and South Africa are not only imposing hand washing and social distancing regulations. Lockdowns, curfews and crowd control enforcement have resulted in civilian oppression and […]


In The Philippines And Elsewhere, Coronavirus Is Enabling Human Rights Abuses

On 5 April, it was announced that a 63-year-old man in the Philippines had been shot dead for violating coronavirus lockdown rules by not wearing a mask. To date, the virus has infected 4,428 Filipinos and killed 247, and with numbers increasing daily, the government has announced strict measures to […]


40km Fence To Be Erected Along Zimbabwean Border With South Africa

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, on March 19th South African authorities outlined plans to construct a 40km fence on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry – the busiest border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe. According to South Africa’s Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille, […]


Factory Workers Are The Hidden Victims Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Rubana Huq, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, has issued an urgent appeal to European clothing brands not to cancel their orders or defer payments in light of the COVID-19 crisis. In the statement, she warns that factories are on the verge of closure, putting millions of […]


Italy Locks Down Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 9th, Italy set precedent as the first European country to enter a lockdown in the hope of forestalling the coronavirus, which induces the highly contagious COVID-19. As of that date, sixteen million people were affected by movement and transportation restrictions, leaving a quarter of the population frozen. The […]


We Need To Get Rid Of Harmony Day

On 21st March 1960, protestors in Sharpeville, South Africa were demonstrating against the country’s discriminatory apartheid laws when police opened fire, killing 69 innocent people and wounding 180 more. Information and photos of what we now refer to as “The Sharpeville Massacre” circulated around the world, demonstrating the brutality of […]


Hunger Crisis In South Africa

45 million people in South Africa are currently experiencing severe food insecurity. Hard hit countries include Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where women and children are the worst affected. Drought, floods and political instability are to blame for the crisis, with these conditions expected to continue. […]


Tensions Between South Africa And Nigeria Impede Regional Economic Cooperation 1

From 4-6 September, leaders from governments, businesses, and civil society met in Cape Town, South Africa for the 28th World Economic Forum. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa concluded the Forum on an uplifting note by remarking that “this is Africa’s century” and that “the future is great”. However, underlying the […]


To Boycott Or Not To Boycott?  Rwanda, DRC And Malawi Withdraw From WEF in South Africa

Much speculation has arisen surrounding the recent withdrawal of Rwanda, DRC and Malawi from the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF), which was launched on 4 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Reports have suggested that the decision to withdraw was in response to xenophobic attacks which have […]


Prevalence Of Gender-Based Violence In South Africa And What Can Be Done About It

In the midst of discourse surrounding a number of xenophobic attacks occurring in South Africa, conversations around femicide and gender-based violence have also been re-sparked. According to official government numbers, about 137 sexual offences are committed a day, and over 30 women were killed by their spouses in the month […]


Nigerians Evacuated From South Africa After Attacks 1

Around 200 Nigerians have left South Africa amid fears of xenophobic violence. There has recently been a wave of violent attacks on foreign people, their businesses and property. Riots started in early September, where several stores owned by immigrants were targeted across Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounding areas. At least 10 […]