Friday, October 2, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Bradley Dubbelman.
President Jacob Zuma has named Sandile Ngcobo as South Africa's new Chief Justice. Zuma cited Ngcobo's well-known and respected record in promoting human rights in making the appointment, as well as expressing confidence that Ngcobo will uphold the Constitution and the rights of the South African people. Zuma added that he was confident that Ngcobo will be supported by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.In his acceptance of the appointment Ngcobo said that he was "humbled" by the announcement and is "mindful of the challenges facing the judiciary." Ngcobo is taking the place of Chief Justice Pius Langa who retires this month.
The Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People (Cope) have jointly called for the establishment of a self-regulatory board in the labour broking market to enforce standards and curb the abuse of workers. The two parties say that talk by the government and trade unions of banning labour broking because of the widespread exploitation of casual workers is populist and unrealistic. "It is like saying we are going to ban capitalism," says Cope communications chief Phillip Dexter, adding that a ban would not stamp out broking but drive it underground and lead to more exploitation. The two parties propose law amendments to make registration mandatory for all labour brokers and to set up a board of labour brokers to enforce standards and a code of conduct in the industry.
Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has launched a music video starring himself, Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and a global cast of film and music stars calling for progress in climate change talks. Annan, who is leading a campaign to put pressure on world leaders to secure a deal at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December, unveiled a reworked version of the 1980's protest song Beds are Burning, originally performed by Australian group Midnight Oil. Annan describes the single as a "global musical petition" with every download being counted with people adding their names to demand leaders to reach an "ambitious, fair and global" deal in Copenhagen.Over 1,3-million people have already signed up for the campaign.
Also making headlines:
A human rights group has called on Zimbabwe to pursue all cases of human rights abuses.
Nestlé Zimbabwe has decided to discontinue doing business with Grace Mugabe's farm.
And, opposition leaders in Guinea reject a call by the ruling junta to enter a national unity government.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.