Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Incitement to violence - Malawi and South Africa

Civil society groups in Malawi are accusing the president of inciting violence against his critics. Several civil society leaders involved in July demonstrations have suffered attacks in recent weeks after comments from the president about 'going to war' against his critics. Police are investigating and a government spokesperson has stated the governments support for civil society organisations. The government has also, reportedly, made moves to secure medication and fuel supplies - shortages of both were one of the major complaints driving the July protests. Opposition and civil society groups have threatened further protests in the next few months.

Meanwhile in South Africa, the South Gauteng High Court has ruled that the singing of a struggle-song with the lyrics 'Kill the Boer' (Afrikaans for farmer) by ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema amounts to hate-speech.

Interesting day for Southern Africa.

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