With rifles raised, South African police speed through the streets of Manenberg, responding to yet another call to quell violence in one of the country’s most murderous ganglands.
The impression that Intimate partner violence (IPV) only occurs in heterosexual relationships where the man is stereotypically the aggressor is a false and dated idea. Lesbian women can, in fact, be perpetrators and victims of this form of violence.
The death toll has risen in Cameroon’s English-speaking region following clashes between security forces and protesters calling for independence. Rights group Amnesty International says at least 17 people were killed in clashes. People in the region have been pushing for independence from Cameroon after protesting of years of marginalization by the dominant French-speaking region. President Paul Biya on his Facebook page condemned the violence and called for dialogue. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also strongly condemned the violence and commended the calls for a discussion on the issues raised by protesters.
In Taraba, one of Nigeria’s north-eastern states, a series of ongoing violent clashes has met with little to no response from government. And so, at the edge of the country’s border with Cameroon, people have had to take matters into their own hands.
U.S. President Donald Trump may be Twitter’s most infamous user, but he’s nowhere near as popular as the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama who is using his social media accounts to comment of major issues such as the Charlottesville tragedy.
Racism isn’t about to stop anytime soon, from the violence on the streets in America targeting black people to a racist Airbnb host in Amsterdam who threw down his South African guest down a flight of staircases. South African filmmaker Sibahle Nkumbi who’s greatly disappointed with what happened to her was seen in a viral video going head down after being pushed down a flight of stairs by her host who kept telling her, “This is not Africa.” We wish Nkumbi a quick recovery.
Foreign African nationals are facing xenophobic attacks again in South Africa. This repeated action which seems to always find Nigeria at the centre has caused more friction, both diplomatically and within the citizens of the two countries. Strong reactions have come from Nigeria where many South African businesses operate, with threats made against South African businesses based in Nigeria.
The opening of the South African parliament shocked many across the continent. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was marred by traumatic violent scenes in the house, expletives were exchanged by legislators, MPs for the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) disrupted proceedings and the speaker ordered for their removal, which turned violent. While the disruption of President Jacob Zuma’s address could be seen more as political antics at play, the violence is a cause for concern for a country trying to heal from a violent past, a history which continues to affect the society.