Written by Ihechukwu Njoku
Date Correction: 05:57:53
It is not the first time T.B. Joshua has gone on record to give predictions about world events. He is said to have accurately foretold the sudden death of Malawi’s late leader, Bingu wa Mutharika, the terrorist attack in Boston and the demise of pop legend Michael Jackson.
At the time of the ‘prophecy’, protests were ongoing and tensions were steadily brewing in Ukraine over people’s discontent with Russian influence and the refusal of their government to work with the EU. However, few thought it would result in the fatal riots, ensuing military activity and war rhetoric that has unfolded in recent days.
In Africa where his following includes several influential politicians and celebrities, Joshua’s words are taken with utmost seriousness. Malawian leader Joyce Banda was a guest at Joshua’s church on the day he is said to have made the public prediction about Russia. South Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga was at The SCOAN on Sunday 2nd March 2014 where Joshua led public prayers for the world’s newest nation.
Ihechukwu Njoku - freelance Nigerian journalist
Written by MARAVIPOST
By the end of the first week of the trial in which Oscar Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, around 21 South African women will have been killed at the hands of their boyfriends and husbands. It is unlikely that any of these women will receive the media attention their lives deserve, and even less likely that their cases will get to trial at all.
while cameras are setting up and opening arguments are being made, 175 women will report being raped to the police - just a fraction of the number of rapes that will actually have taken place. It is unlikely that these women or their rapes and murders will be reported on widely in the media, nor likely that the state will commit the necessary resources to appropriately investigate and prosecute these cases. In South Africa, only 7% of reported rapes lead to conviction.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of intimate partner homicide in the world. The trial of Oscar Pistorius provides an opportunity for journalists to report responsibly on these issues and to desist from creating a hierarchy of incidences of gender-based violence.
As the trial begins, Sonke Gender Justice ("Sonke") calls on South African and international media to respect both the law and general ethical guidelines. Sensationalising this case harms not only the family of the victim, but also harms all victims of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV).
Editors and journalists covering the Pistorius trial are encouraged to cover GBV more broadly. It is necessary that their reporting shine a spotlight on the systemic failures of the state to protect the rights of victims and their families, expose corruption and abuse, and highlight the stories of women who would otherwise not receive media attention during this period. As the pages of newspapers and the broadcast time of television and radio stations are filled with the Pistorius trial, where will these other victims' stories be told? And what about the prosecutions (or failures thereof) of other men that are being charged with killing their partners?
For those who choose to focus only on the Pistorius trial, we urge you to report responsibly, and especially not to interfere with the work of the criminal justice system through inappropriate handling of witnesses, and state officials.
Patrick Godana, Sonke's Government & Media Manager, notes that "South Africa has a great many challenges in respect of gender-based violence. We call on the media not to become a part of this massive problem, but rather to work towards being a part of its solution."
Source: Sonke Gender and Justice Network
Written by Super User
BLANTYRE (MaraPost)--Child rights activist, Maxwell Matewere says research has shown that one in every three girls in Malawi get married before the age 15 years.
"Among those married one in every three girls die as a result of complications at birth," says Matewere whose organisation, Eye of the Child has launched a campaign to stop early marriages in rural areas.
Written by RAPHAEL TENTHANI
Blantyre, Malawi, March 3 (MaraviPost) _ A convict at Chichiri Prison, serving a seven-year sentence for armed robbery, was on Tuesday stripped naked and dragged on the ground for protesting intrusive search, his wife has alleged.
But prison authorities say this account was exaggerated, saying the convict is a violent habitual criminal.
The convict, Edwin Mcfare, 34, was being brought back from Blantyre Magistrates' Court where he is answering another armed robbery charge when the incident allegedly happened.
Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is contemplating of summoning the British forensic auditors Baker Tilly in its pursuit to get the detailed Cashgate forensic audit.
PAC decision comes after the Malawi’s Ministry of Finance on Saturday vehemently rejected to disclose the particulars of the people who were involved in the looting of the public resources at the Capital Hill.