Monday, October 26, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Amy Witherden.
South African President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about current gun laws, stating that there are too many guns in the hands of South Africa's citizens.
Speaking at a rally outside Tzaneen, Zuma said that even people who have legal firearms could have them stolen by criminals, who also take weapons from the police. He explained that possession of guns could actually help to arm criminals.
The President also called on police to "act accordingly" when criminals point guns at them.
Public finance could help stimulate private investment in climate change solutions in developing countries, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep).
World leaders are grappling with how much funding should be provided for poor countries as part of a deal to tackle climate change, which they hope to conclude in Copenhagen in December.
Unep's executive director Achim Steiner says that the report underlines a range of public policy options that reflect varying circumstances in developing economies and show how existing barriers to a green economy can be overcome.
Investments of around $530-billion a year are needed to help avert the dangerous effects of climate change and drive forward low-carbon economies. The World Bank estimates that around $475-billion of that investment must go to developing countries.
Investigations into the alleged theft of up to R100-million from an AgriBEE fund will not be swept under the carpet, says the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, or Hawks, spokesperson Musa Zondi.
Part of the investigation was carried over from the disbanded Scorpions and most of the Scorpions investigators are still working on the case, he said.
The Sunday Times, referring to a forensic report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and documents held by attorneys and auditors, reported yesterday that R100-million of an AgriBEE fund meant for poor farmers had been used to bankroll the lavish life styles of politically connected individuals.
Also making headlines:
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe refuses to budge over the Movement for Democratic Change party's Cabinet boycott.
South African President Jacob Zuma praises African National Congress Youth League firebrand Julius Malema's leadership.
Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi says that world trade talks should focus on poor nations.
And, Tunisian President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali is re-elected in a landslide election victory.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.