Daily Archives: January 6, 2017

South Africa: DA Condemns Islamophobic Hate Speech and Incitement

The Democratic Alliance strongly condemns the Islamophobic message reportedly posted on Facebook by Liam Christian Ferreira. In his post, Mr Ferreira reportedly calls Muslims bastards and calls for the burning of Mosques.

This language has no place in our constitutional democracy, where the principles of freedom, equality and dignity are paramount. Furthermore, the incitement to burn down places of worship is a criminal act which should not be taken lightly.

The DA, as a party which upholds the Constitution and the rule of law, will be laying a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission and laying criminal charges with the South African Police Service against Mr Ferreira for investigation.

There is no place in a democratic society for bigotry and racism of any form. This goes against the values and principles protected in our Constitution and against the DA’s core principles of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for All.

The fight against bigotry and racism requires all South Africans to unite in condemning the acts of the few people who seek to divide us.

We are better together, and must continue to work towards building a South Africa that is truly prosperous and united.

This is an ideal that the DA will work tirelessly towards, so that we honour Nelson Mandela’s dream for a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa, that belongs to all who live in it.

Yusuf Cassim

Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Youth | Shadow Deputy Minister of Monitoring & Evaluation in the Presidency

Source: Democratic Alliance

IGAD – Mauritius : South cooperation in action

H.E Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim was received by Her Excellency Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius on the 5 January 2017 at the State house in Reduit, Mauritius.

Their Excellencies commended the relations between IGAD and Mauritius as a very good example of south south cooperation. Mauritius indeed benefits of IGAD-led programmes such as the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Maritime Security programme. IGAD is also part of the High Level Group with collective responsibility together with COMESA,EAC, IOC and SADC, on the 11th EDF cross-regional envelopes (nearly EUR 800 million) where Mauritius avails of additional support.

The outcome of the Nairobi High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) , held on 30 Nov ember � 1 December 2016, was also noted where IGAD’s participation resulted in its successful submission of the P.R.I.D.E (Platform for Regional Integration Development Effectiveness) initiative to the GPEDC. Her Excellency the President thanked IGAD for the inclusion of the Open University of Mauritius into the initiative, together with the Djibouti Institute for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, with the role assigned to Open University to launch the virtual university on regional integration for Africa. Open University will thus make available its e-learning platform to Africa , and foresees joint operations with the Djibouti Institute in the context of the IGAD-led initiative. Affordable, accessible , and accredited higher education is a central pillar for the future of Africa and this initiative with the Open University is acknowledged as another example of the various dimensions where south south cooperation can evolve,

Her Excellency the President also shared with the IGAD Delegation her vision as the co-Chair , with Mexico, of the SDG 6 Ensure access to water and sanitation for all. and acknowledged the role of Amb. Maalim in the water sector in the Eastern and Horn of Africa.

H.E Amb Maalim was then invited to sign the President of Mauritius Guest Book.

Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development


Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has praised the role played by the State of Qatar for the dissemination of education in Africa through initiatives that support education on the continent, which had a significant impact on the enrichment of human development.

This came in a speech by the Sudanese president at meeting of the Board of Trustees of the International University of Africa.

President al Bashir said that the State of Qatar has remarkably contributed to the development of the university along with a number of Arab countries, in the promotion and support of the University to become a scientific edifice.