The Western Cape Town High Court in South Africa last week passed a judgement that banning the use of dagga (Cannabis) by adults in private homes was an infringement on the right to privacy, and dignity. The ruling allows the possession, cultivation, and use of cannabis at home, for private use.
Government’s proposals to clampdown on immigration and a recent disgraceful xenophobic march against African and Asian nationals living in South Africa reveals a society from top to bottom, across the political spectrum, confused and at odds with the values embraced by its Constitution.
South Africa is a country of many firsts. The rainbow nation will soon become the first African country to legalise cannabis sativa popularly called marijuana. The legislation is based strictly on medical grounds. The country’s Medicines Control Council (MCC) stated that it would soon publish its proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use.
South Africa’s High Court has ruled that the country’s planned decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is unconstitutional and invalid. Last October, the government made an application to the United Nations (UN) indicating its intention to leave the ICC as a result of the court’s alleged bias against African nations. The High Court ruling is a setback for President Jacob Zuma’s government, which is likely going to appeal the ruling.
The Zimbabwean government has shot down suggestions to allow same sex-marriages in the country, choosing to accept 142 recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group. The country’s Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa told local papers that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality, despite suggestions by some European countries that Zimbabwe should reconsider its position.
Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs has warned citizens from producing, and selling the national flag without official permission and offenders who bring this flag “into disrepute” will be jailed for up to six months or fined $200.
Following a spate of social media-fuelled street protests, it comes as no surprise that the government of Zimbabwe is planning to introduce a raft of laws to clamp down on social media.
Turns out Kenya’s ruling coalition is not completely sold on democracy. The Jubilee coalition, which is aiming to turn itself into a political party in September, has started a tawdry romance with the Communist Party of China (CPC). Many Kenyans are worried that Jubilee sees an “ideological ally” in China’s all-powerful, unelected, inscrutable party machine that is basically living every dictator’s wet dream. But there’s perhaps a simpler explanation for the new courtship. Jubilee just wants “Uncle Sugar” to pump in more cash. New roads and railways don’t just build themselves you know
Tanzania has passed a provision, which stipulates that men who impregnate or marry schoolgirls will face 30 years in prison as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent child marriage. The country has one the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world, and to eliminate the scourge, the government has resolved to take tougher measures in the form of lengthy jail terms to protect school-girls.