Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu is a writer concentrating on the rights of workers, oppressed people, the environment, anti-militarism and what makes a better world.

Ramping Up Trade Relations, South Africa Ignores Indonesia's Human Rights Violations in West Papua

Picture credit: Nichollas Harrison/Wikimedia Commons Anna Majavu - The visit by the South African government and 17 unnamed South African companies to Indonesia last week has thrown into stark relief the ANC government’s hypocrisy in its international relations with countries that are guilty of human rights abuses. Indonesia ended its brutal military occupation of East Timor in 2002 but continues an equally merciless military occupation of West Papua. Somehow this doesn’t appear to have pricked the consciences of our government officials or...

South Africa's First Nations Give Land Claims Consultation Thumbs Down

Picture credit: KhoiSan Royalty courtesy 350.org/Flickr. Anna Majavu - A Khoi and San umbrella organisation has given the thumbs down to government’s latest offer to allow new claims for land stolen from indigenous South Africans before 1913. According to Chief !Kora Danab Hennie van Wyk of the Xoraxoukhoe Khoisan Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation, the department of rural development and land reform has chosen “puppets” for its new “consultative process” which will not restore any real rights to the already marginalised Khoi...

SA Government Wide off the Mark on Swaziland

Picture credit: King Mswati III courtesy Kollmeierf/Wikimedia. Anna Majavu - With the Swazi king planning another round of bogus “royal elections” this year, the Swaziland Democracy Campaign will launch a campaign for democratic elections this weekend. Meanwhile the South African government’s soft diplomacy props up Swaziland’s absolute monarchy. Swaziland is ruled by King Mswati III, one of the last absolute monarchs in the world. According to the Forbes 2009 list of the World's Richest Royals, Mswati is worth at least R670 million. There...

Muslim Judicial Council Fatwa against Minstrels Highlights Cape Town's Class Problems

Picture credit: barbourians/Flickr Anna Majavu - The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) fatwa against the annual New Year’s festival by Cape Town’s minstrels and ‘Malay’ choirs has thrown the city’s ever present class and race problems back into the spotlight. The fatwa prohibits Muslims from participating in the minstrel troupes, or watching the minstrels – on the grounds that “it is generally degrading and undignified for Muslims to dance around in public with painted faces and colourful...

South Africa's Non-Existent Affordable Housing Programme

Picture credit: www.elger.ru Anna Majavu - The government's recent demolition of houses in Lenasia, apart from anything else, has exposed how inadequate the state is at providing housing for those who neither qualify for bank mortgages, nor for RDP houses. The Lenasia families seem to fall into the category of those who qualify for so-called “gap housing” on the basis that they earn between R2200 and about R7500 per month and can therefore afford to pay for their homes. However, gap housing is being rolled out at a...

How a Rape Judgement Fails Vulnerable Children All Over South Africa

Picture credit: bee-media.blogspot.com Anna Majavu - A recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment has undermined the plight of incest victims who keep quiet about their ordeals after being threatened with death or given tokens by their abusive father figures. In this recent judgment, Supreme Court of appeal judge Jeremiah Shongwe - with judges Lex Mpati, Carole Lewis, Belinda van Heerden and Nathan Erasmus concurring - reduced a rapist's life sentence to 15 years. The Limpopo High Court had earlier sentenced Edson Ndou to the mandatory...