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South Africa

NOBEL Peace Prize Laureate and activist Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be honoured for his contribution to building a universal culture of human rights around the world, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) HAS announced.

Archbishop Tutu was selected to receive this year’s UNESCO/Bilbao Prize, for ‘the outstanding role he played in building the new democratic, non-racial South Africa and his invaluable contribution as Chairperson of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to national reconstruction which became a model for other post-conflict societies’.

The Prize recognizes his activism, particularly with young people, to promote non-violence and oppose all forms of discrimination and injustice. Archbishop Tutu will be formally awarded the prize on 10 December, which is observed globally as Human Rights Day.

 

Namibia

THE Namibian government said it had so far managed to recover N$38 million, as it attempts to recoup the missing millions belonging to the Offshore Development Corporation (ODC). The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr Albert Kawana, told parliament that the money was recovered by liquidating assets of individuals involved in the alleged fraud.

Kawana, who is also the Attorney-General, added that measures were being put in place to recover an additional amount of close to N$5 million out of the more than N$100 million entrusted to dubious investment companies by the ODC.

‘This is sometimes a slow process and indeed even frustrating. I can, however, promise that we will leave no stone unturned in this matter until all those involved are brought before the law,’ said Kawana.

The ODC invested millions of dollars, with no contracts, security or repayment arrangements in questionable companies instead of well-established and reputable businesses. When no returns on investment were recorded, the government began an investigation and discovered that the money had left the country. The Office of the Prosecutor-General turned to South Africa and Botswana to help in tracing the missing millions.


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