Ravi Karunanayake and wife ordered to appear before CID

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake and his wife have been ordered to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on the 7th of July. over allegations they gave false statements to the Presidential Commission looking into the treasury bond scam.The CID informed court today that investigations into the scam were still ongoing and that they needed to record statements from Minister Karunanayake and his family. Ravi Karunanayake was the Minister of Finance when the alleged scam took place. read more

Spate of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa draws UN concern

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

However, Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency remains concerned about the attacks, which have also led to displacement of more than 5,000 foreigners, some of whom included refugees and asylum-seekers.“The attacks in KwaZulu-Natal province began in late March following an apparent labour dispute involving South African and foreign workers and the latest population movements came on top of displacement that had taken place in January as a result of similar incidents in Soweto, near Johannesburg in Gauteng province,” said Mr. Edwards. “South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma told parliamentarians on 16 April that refugees and asylum-seekers would be accorded support in line with international law and protocols, with the support of the UNHCR,” he added.Yesterday, during the daily briefing ay UN Headquarters in New York by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, questions were raised about the incident, to which Stéphane Dujarric replied that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) remains concerned about such incidents.Such attacks date back as far as 2008, he said, in communities that are poor, marginalized and in situations of vulnerability. Mr. Dujarric said the Human Rights Commissioner’s Office encouraged the South African Government to accelerate enactment of legislation against hate crimes, to hold those responsible for acts of violence and violations of human rights accountable and to formulate future policy responses to the situation of migrants that conform to international standards. read more