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White People And Dogs ‘Rescued First’ In Mozambique – Amnesty

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White People And Dogs 'Rescued First' In Mozambique

Amnesty International has alleged that rescuers in Mozambique gave priority to white people in an evacuation during an attack by jihadists in March.

The human rights body citing survivors’ accounts said two dogs were also airlifted to safety, leaving people behind in a hotel where they had sought refuge.

Amnesty International’s regional director Deprose Muchena said  “these are alarming allegations that the rescue plan was racially segregated, with white contractors obviously receiving preferential treatment.”

One survivor told the rights group “we were about 220 people trapped there in the hotel – we [local black people] were the majority, and the whites were supposed to be about 20. After the rescue and escape, we were about 170 people still alive. Most of the whites were rescued by helicopters, before we left the hotel by car.”

According to BBC report, Amnesty said it spoke to 11 survivors out of the 220 who had been in the hotel, including five who survived an attack as they attempted to flee.

Muchena said “abandoning people during an armed assault simply because of the colour of their skin is racism, and violates the obligation to protect civilians. This cannot go unanswered.”

Meanwhile, the private company which was involved in the rescue operation, Dyck Advisory Group told the AFP news agency that it would issue a statement later but emphasized that the allegations were “not at all accurate.”

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Wike Blasts Buhari Over Continued Insecurity

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South Africa To Investigate Deaths Of 20 Persons Found At Vacant Gold Mine

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South African police says it is investigating the deaths of 20 persons suspected to be illegal miners, whose bodies were discovered in two locations, in the gold mining town of Orkney. 14 decomposing bodies were found near a railway line on Wednesday.  Five more bodies were discovered outside an old unused mine shaft on Tuesday.

The police believes the deceased, who were found wrapped in white plastic bags, were illegal workers, commonly known as ‘Zama Zamas’.  Security agents say the deceased had severe burns on their bodies and autopsies were being done to identify the cause of death.

The South African police say the incident could be linked to a video on social media where a man was seen pleading for assistance at a mine shaft.

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South Africa Electricity Under-Performing

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South Africa Electricity Under-Performing

South Africa’s electricity company, Eskom, has continued to experience shortfalls in providing power to its consumers.  The company has had to implement rolling blackouts because of a high demand for power. The government said it will end existing red tape to deal with power blackouts.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a major shake-up in the energy sector that will allow private power companies to generate more electricity without red tape, to deal with the blackouts. The limit on the self-generation of electricity without a licence has also been lifted from 1mw to 100mw

For years, the state-owned power utility, Eskom, has struggled to meet the demand of one of Africa’s biggest economies.

Ramaphosa says the partial liberalization introduces a new era for South Africa’s troubled energy sector.

These changes will make it easier for independent power providers to generate electricity and sell it back to the grid.

Firms will still need to obtain some licenses, like a grid connection permit.

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