CAPE TOWNSouth Africa (Xinhua) -
President Jacob Zuma on Thursday added his
voice to the chorus of condemnation against the ruthless
killing of eight women.
and inhuman action against defenceless women is a gross
violation of the right to human life as enshrined in the
Constitution,” Zuma said.
The eight women,
who belonged to one family, were killed in Embangweni Village
near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal Province on Tuesday night when
unknown gunmen stormed two family homes a few meters apart and
opened fire. The killers then doused the houses with petrol
and set them alight.
The motive for the
killing is unknown and details regarding the murder remain
that violence against women has been declared a priority crime
by the government.
are being caught and are given long jail terms due to the
cooperation of the public by coming forward with information,
the president said.
“All forms of
violence against women, children and the elderly should never
be tolerated in our society,” said Zuma.
South Africa has
been gripped by a surge of killing of women and children this
In May, a
three-year-old girl was raped and murdered by a family friend
in Cape Town. It followed the murder of a teenage girl by her
boyfriend in Johannesburg after a heated argument.
beginning of this year, about 30 female killings have taken
place in South Africa, shocking the nation that has been
already plagued by rampant crimes.
South Africa has
among the highest rates in the world for the rape and murder
that a woman is killed every eight hours in South Africa. More
than 1,000 women are killed by intimate partners each year.
femicide, which is the most serious form of domestic violence,
is the leading cause of the murder of women in South Africa.
A study by the
South African Medical Research Council showed that the vast
majority of female homicides went unpunished, with less than
38 percent of intimate-partner femicides leading to conviction
in less than two years.
President Zuma still waiting
to finalize controversial mining bill
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African President Jacob Zuma is still
waiting for Parliament to finalize the Mineral and Petroleum
Resources Development Amendment (MPRDA) Bill, the presidency
said on Thursday, amid growing concern over the fate of the
The bill is
currently before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for
processing. It has caused jitters in the mining sector as it
puts massive power in the mineral resources minister’s hands.
The bill was
passed by Parliament in 2014 and referred to Zuma for assent
and signing into law. Zuma referred it back to the National
Assembly for reconsideration in January 2015.
reiterated on Thursday that Zuma is of the view that the bill
as it stands would not pass constitutional muster.
Another reason for
Zuma to refer the bill back to Parliament is that the NCOP and
provincial legislature did not sufficiently facilitate public
participation when passing the bill, said presidential
spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga.
that bill will open the door to corruption, allowing the
minister to hand out mining rights to friends, cronies or the
Under the bill, up
to 20 percent interest in any such venture should go to the
state and a portion of the extracted resource would have to be
processed domestically instead of exported in raw form.
South Africa tighter mining
regulations worry investors
Stanley Karombo JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
Tighter mining regulations are causing
investors to shun and lose confidence in South Africa’s mining
industry, investors said on Thursday.
investors attending a two-day Indaba mining conference in
Johannesburg, mining investors who were willing to come and
invest in South Africa are now considering other African
countries such as Ghana, Rwanda and Botswana.
Botswana remains a
leading mining destination for investors thanks to its
attractive regulatory environment, while Ghana has created an
independent minerals committee to reduce corruption in mining
industry, said Peter Leon, Partner and Africa Co-chair of
Herbert Smith Freehills.
Their focus was on
removing administrative discretion, Leon said. “as far as
possible from the law that’s the one thing that Botswana did
... so there is no discretion in the granting of licenses ...
If a license is compliant you basically get it in six weeks
compared to South Africa where it takes a section 11 consent.”
In South Africa,
the issuing of license needs a consent of a minister of mine.
Africa’s mining lobby has given up talks with the mining
ministry over changes to the industry’s charter, which include
raising targets for black ownership, saying the matter will
have to be settled in court. The review will be heard between
December 13 and 14.
The industry body
said talking to the South Africa minister of mines Mosebenzi
Zwane would not yield any positive results.
industry is currently challenging the unilateral
implementation of the 2017 Reviewed Mining Charter at the
North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
According to the
paper filed in the court, the industry is pleading for the
charter to be reviewed or set aside, arguing that its
implementation would be harmful to the industry and the