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South Africa Recalls Envoy to Israel Over Deaths of 55 Palestinian Protesters

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The relocation of U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sparked protest movement on the Gaza border by Palestinians who’ve shown their dissatisfaction since President Trump announced last year December 6, 2017, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Heavy clamp down along the border resulted in the deaths of 55 people and 2700 injured by live rounds, tear gas and other means by Israeli Defense Forces.

In response to this indiscriminate killing of protesters, South Africa’s Foreign Ministry has taken the decision to recall its ambassador to Israel.

The foreign ministry issued a statement explaining that decision ”Because of the grave and indiscriminate nature of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has decided to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect”.

The diplomatic row is a fallout of the violence emerging from the highly controversial move by the United States to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Turkey in solidarity with the Palestinians joined  South Africa in recalling its own envoy to Israel because of the U.S. decision. Though the move has been criticized by other Western allies, twelve African countries sent representatives to witness the opening event of an American embassy in disputed Jerusalem.

In December of last year, a UN General Assembly rejected the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by a large majority, prompting President Trump to lash out on Twitter.

Hoping to establish a state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestinians are seeking East Jerusalem as their capital. Meanwhile, Israel claims all of the city, together with the eastern section captured in 1967 during the Middle East war. The annexation has not been internationally recognized.

Many countries of the international community see the status of Jerusalem as being sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. They consider its status to determine in peace settlement talks. Relocating their embassies at this time jeopardizes any negotiation for peace.

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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  1. Saa

    May 15, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    STUPID AFRICANS ARE ONLY CONCERN WITH ISSUES HAPPENNING OUTSIDE THEIR CNTINENT, HOWEVER THE MOST PRESSING ON WITHIN THE CONTINENT LIKE THE OUTRAGEOUS THINGS TAKING PLACE IN SOUTHERN CAMEROON.

    DEAL WITH YOUR OWN PROBLEM IN YOUR CONTINENT MAN!!!!

  2. saa

    May 16, 2018 at 12:09 AM

    You Africans care about other people’s problem ignoring yours forgetting that these people are arabs anyway who will discriminate against you when things are going well with them

  3. Mukong

    May 16, 2018 at 3:49 AM

    Please let us be careful how we criticize. South Africa is not Nigeria (Buhari). Our pain is real, but we must act with restrain else by our own actions we will end up antagonizing everyone.

    • Mbeuh

      May 16, 2018 at 9:53 AM

      But my dear brother Tah Mekong, how can anyone let this go and not be befuddled? There is the ongoing slaughtering of precious human beings in Southern Cameroon by own government that preaches peace and unity in a one and indivisible nation, to the utter silence of African nations particularly those (Nigeria and South Africa) we look up to for leadership.
      Shouldn’t the proverbial ‘charity begins at home’ hold true? Are Palestinians lives more precious than Southern Cameroonians?

      A few years back, I recall, France invited selected African leaders to Paris for a summit on security and how to effectively contain the threat by Boko Haram. And guess what? Buhari and other lackeys of France jumped in a plane and headed to champ d’elysee for the meet. Let me repeat; A meeting about security in the sub Saharan region of Africa, took place and was presided by Paris, France in the continent of Europe and NOT in Africa. Not long after that, Obama invited African Heads of State to DC for a meet where he handed them peanuts as development aid to counter Chinese encroachment on the continent. Like a herd of cows they each and collectively prostrated in gratitude for the chance to wine and dine at the White House.

      When the affable Thomas Sankara of blessed memory preached and practiced a policy centered on Africa and Africans (emphasizing production of goods in Africa, transforming them in Africa, consuming them in Africa and shunning World Bank and IMF loan sharks) his pleas fell on deaf ears at the Adis- Ababa OAU summits. Instead his own African brothers (Blaise Compaoré and Houphouet Boigny) sold him out to be murdered and dismembered like a goat.

      It may sound as if I am going out on a deep end, but for the world, and particularly African leadership of South Africa to turn a blind eye to the human carnage in Southern Cameroon and be focused instead on Palestinians, is in my view unfortunate and unforgivable. No matter if South Africa is involved in behind the scenes diplomatic persuasion with Yaoundé, this slaughtering of our people merits a loud and clarion call to STOP, as a matter of priority. It merits South Africa calling for an urgent meet of the AU.

      Tah Mukong, I AM TRULY DISAPPOINTED with the leadership of South Africa…….. and Nigeria. There is nothing like alienating them when precious and priceless human life is and continue to be at stake.

  4. Mukong

    May 16, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Ahhh brother Mbueh please bare with me as I can say I equally share you pain and frustration. Infact, when I watched the video of our brother being brutalized by these low life’s from LRC to say I almost went into a shock will be an understatement. But then I realized that it is situations like this that can make one to become irrational. Hence, I had to contain my anger so as to do what is necessary to be of greater help to our suffering people back home. Although life is not easy out here in the west, we owe it to our people to work hard to fund the resistance. This is our responsibility and we should take it seriously. Whatever the other Africans are thinking about our plight should not distract us from the fact that we have to remain strong and steadfast; for nothing good in this life comes easy.

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Six Years After, South Africans Seek Justice for Victims of the Marikana Massacre

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The commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the Marikana massacre in which security officers fired at and killed 34 mining workers involved in a strike action demanding better pay, has been preoccupied with politics.

What is being considered as the bloodiest security incident since the end of the apartheid era in South Africa, with an additional 10 people killed in during clashed leading to the shooting of August 15, 2012.  Two police officers also died as a result of the violence.

On social media platforms, South Africans have frowned on the total lack of accountability and the government’s inability to show empathy to the victims’ families, six years after the bloody incident.

In an effort to save face, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party put out a statement, indicating the urgent need to implement recommendations made by the Farlam Commission. The statement reads ”There is no doubt about our commitment in ensuring that never again should such a tragedy befall our nation, and no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that measures are in place to achieve this.”

An inquiry launched into the deadly violence, led by retired judge, Ian Farlam, faulted the Lonmin mining company, the workers’ unions and the police for what it called a ”horrendous tragedy” and went further to make a series of recommendations to rein in various parties it identified as culpable for the tragic incident.

The Farlam Commission came up with the following;

-Public order policing policies be revised, including benchmarking ”best practices” for crowd control.

-Opening a criminal investigation of the police officers involved in the incident.

-Found out Lonmin mining company did not use its best endeavors to resolve wage dispute with workers despite being the world’s fourth largest producer of platinum by market value.

Thus far, six police officers have been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection to the Marikana massacre, they were granted bail in March.

South African frustrated by the delay to administer justice for the victims of the Marikana massacre, took to social media to express their discontentment in the slow process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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Burundi Sets 2020 Deadline for Plastic Ban Enforcement

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Joining other East African nations, the government of Burundi has entered the list of countries that use of plastics has been outlawed.  The move will officially begin in 2020.

A decree signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza on August 13, 2018, the country will begin the prohibition and the ”manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging.”

The ban’s enforcement will commence in eighteen months- precisely February 2020. The leeway period is to ensure there is enough time for the proper disposal of current stokes and orders already made, according to the authorities.

However, the decree further went ahead to stipulate there could be certain exemptions, especially ”for biodegradable bags, bags and plastic materials used in medical services, and in industrial and pharmaceutical packaging.”

As of now, just a handful of African countries are enforcing any kind of ban on plastics, among them are; Eritrea, Kenya, Morocco, and Rwanda.  On a global scale, over 40 countries worldwide have placed a ban on the usage of plastics.

A UN report in 2018 indicates that the drive to combat plastic waste has produced mixed reviews.  In Ghana, for instance, successive governments over the last few years have promised to deal with the growing menace of plastic waste and their disposals but have wholly failed in implementing an effective ban. Most countries across West Africa have a similar experience.

There’s a widespread ban of plastics in the Republic of Congo, but not properly enforced.  Products are mostly sold wrapped in paper envelopes, foils and old newspapers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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FIFA Threatens Ghana Ban as Government Continues Interference on Football Activities

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World’s football governing body, FIFA, has threatened the Ghanaian government over its plans to liquidate Ghana Football Association following the revelation of a video showing corruption by the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeymaw Anas.

The Secretary-General of FIFA, Fatma  Samoura in a signed and released statement on August 13, 2018. said the football governing body was particularly concerned about the undue influence exerted by the government over the affairs of the GFA, in clear violation of FIFA statutes.

Part of the statement reads, ”Under these circumstances, the Bureau based on article 16 paragraph 1 of the FIFA statutes decided on 11 August 2018 that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12h00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect.

It went further to say ”The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given proof thereof”.

Tasked with the responsibilities to hold discussions with FIFA in order to avert the ban, the head of the government liaison team was addressed directly in the letter. All local football activities have been canceled by the Ghanaian government.

A High Court in Accra placed an injunction on the activities of the GRA on June 12, 2018, in response to an application from the nation’s Attorney General.

After the release of the investigative hit piece exposing corruption on the part of match officials by the journalist Anas, all football-related activities have been suspended since June.

The GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi who was caught in a video for allegedly receiving kickbacks. He was a member of the CAF and FIFA committees. As an investigation continues on those allegations, he has been suspended from all football activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

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