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WhatsApp group (and FB) admins can be held legally liable for content shared

In the clip below, Stephen Grootes of 702 chats to Emma Sadleir, social media expert on the Midday Report about the consequences of allowing illegal or defamatory content shared by group members on WhatsApp groups and Facebook Pages.

This follows a recent case in India where a WhatsApp group administrator was held responsible for a photoshopped defamatory image of the Prime Minister.

Saudi Warning If you are Whatsapp Group Admin, be careful!

According to the 702 report, even in South Africa, people who administer WhatsApp groups could be held legally responsible for what’s said on the group and could be sued for defamation.

“The law of South Africa treats you (administrator) as if you are like an editor of a newspaper and you are responsible for the content of its pages.” Says Sadleir.

You can listen to the interview below:

On the flip side, however, Scroll published an article back in April 2016 where they alluded to the fact that these kinds of restrictions might infringe on freedom of speech following a spate of Internet shutdowns, banning of mobile telephony and arrests for online content:

“Much like shutdowns, these directives pose a severe threat to the freedom of speech enjoyed by users online and are in clear violation of existing legal precedents.”  Quoted from Scroll.in

Where do you stand on this issue, let us know by commenting below or emailing zasamag@longwemedia.co.za

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Thank you from ZASA President

Ladies and gentlemen, what a weekend of fun, togetherness and festivities.
We started with the Friday afternoon cocktail party at the High Commission where we interacted with diplomats. In the evening we followed up the funeral of Parker Ilunga, we still await for a final decision on the burial. The north branch followed up with the funeral for Mr Chifunda, they may wait 1 to 3 months, the DNA results will only be released after investigations. We have engaged the office of the Deputy High commissioner to South Africa Mrs Kachesa to write a letter to ask for a quick process on this matter.


Saturday [22 October 2016] was one unique day. A day which saw people gather together to celebrate the 52nd Zambia Independence at the Edenvale Sports Complex. The occasion was graced by the Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency, Mr Emmanuel Mwamba.


TPN Durban branch was represented by Getrude who was key in coordinating Netball. Thank you for traveling all the way to bring blankets and also to be part of us.
Petronela Mulenga all the way from Cape Town, thank you for representing ZACT and also bringing blankets.
Mafikeng was represented by Chair Ben Lungu and Mr Mwewa. Thank you for bringing blankets and joining us.
Team Rustenburg, very impressive and on time. Thank you.
Team Middleburg/Witbank thank you.
Gauteng based branches, thank you so much for coming in numbers.
The blanket initiative went so well. Donating 1000 blankets towards UTH is a great achievement on our calendar. Seeing families, ladies and gents, boys and girls bringing blankets that will go towards saving the life of a boy and girl child at UTH is Ubuntu in a huge way.
To each and everyone who took time to donate, whether members of ZASA or not, thank you so much.
The Zambia High Commission, thank you for the support and also for donating blankets.
Twikatane ladies, you are always on time and thank you for the bale of blankets.
Afritects Architects, thank you for donating R10000, towards the blankets.


To all the branches that came down to celebrate, thank you. You looked awesome in your different colors, thanks to the National SG for the coordination.
To the National Executive Committee, thank you so much. Vice SG as a program director assisted by Chicco Siwale, job well done. Publicity Mrs Tina Nyati the MC, great works. Pastor John, good prayers.

Mize cultural dancers, words can not explain the excitement you brought.
Petersen ZAGAZE, the peak of the occasion. Excellent music. Let’s support his show this coming weekend in Johannesburg.

To all the winners and winning branches, congratulations for the hard work.

Team Pinetown, great celebrations that end. Well done. TPN ZASA durban what an exciting Independence Party you had. Newcastle, wow. The pictures show and say it all. Great works.
East London and Cape Town are having celebrations on Saturday. Let’s support.
Today we ended the day with a well organized Zambia mass at the Catholic Cathedral in johannesburg organized by the Catholic Association in South Africa.

This ladies and gentlemen defines who we are. It defines the unity of purpose we preach. It defines the spirit of One Zambia, One Nation our forefathers founded.

Thank you so much for everything and God bless you all!
Ferdinand Simaanya
ZASA President

African e-Passport for all Africans? Yes, It is happening…


As some parts of the world are deciding to “brexit” their Unions, Africa seems set to embark on an ambitious drive towards integration with the launch of an e-passport that will grant visa-free access to all 54 member states.

The electronic passports will be unveiled at the 27th AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda, later this month, where they will be issued to heads of state and senior officials. The African Union aims to distribute them to all African citizens by 2020.
“This flagship project has the specific aim of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent – in order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development,” the AU announced in the statement.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has described this initiative as both symbolic and significant, calling it a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens and capable of taking its rightful place on the world stage.”
The e-passports represent a key plank of the Agenda 2063 action plan, which emphasizes the need for greater continental integration, drawing on the popular vision of Pan-African unity. Freedom of movement has been a longstanding priority among member states, as enshrined in previous agreements such as the 1991 Abuja Treaty. Common passports have already been adopted for several regions, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Full article – CNN
Additional information – AU Press Release
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Immigrating to South Africa – Top Ten Tips


If you, like many other prospective Immigrants are considering making the move to South Africa, it may seem like a daunting task which is why Intergate Immigration has put together a Top Ten list of tips you should take into account before you pack your bags.

“Whether you are moving with your company, retiring, setting up a business or joining a loved one, your South African immigration process is going to play a pivotal role in ensuring you enjoy a successful relocation.”

Here’s the list below with a brief summary of the explanations set forth in the full article:

  1. Be patient and plan for delays – in one of our previous posts titled ‘Home Affairs modernised: Biometrics for the free movement of Africans’, we touched on the improvements made to the Department of Home Affairs and their systems; the fact remains however that you will still encounter delays. The department’s official website provides time frames of 30 days for temporary residency permits and 6 months for permanent residency permits but according to Intergate Immigration; it takes closer to 2 – 3 months to process temporary applications, and 2 years for permanent residency applications.
  2. Do your research on your selected immigration company – it is important that you only deal with registered immigration practitioners and lawyers – dealing with anyone else can put your application in jeopardy and offer you little reassurance in the way of accountability. Ask for a copy of their registration papers if you have to.
  3. Get medical insurance – in South Africa this is a must. More information can be found here.
  4. Always try and submit your permit application abroad – South African immigration rules are changing and the new rules specify that an applicant may not make an application in South Africa that changes their status. In laymans terms this means a foreigner cannot enter South Africa on a tourist visa and then apply for, say, a work or business permit.
  5. Do your home work – the biggest reason for an unsuccessful immigration is the failure of the family to settle into their new environment. Areas need exploring, schools selected and amenities matched to your requirements.
  6. Get organised – compiling a visa or permit application means supplying lots of documentary evidence. Check you have all your paperwork and it is up to date, this includes items such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports etc
  7. Get the finances in order – try and set up banking in South Africa before you arrive, Intergate Immigration can help with this. Make sure your banks and credit card providers in your home country are aware you are moving to South Africa so they do not prevent you accessing funds.
  8. Find a good money transfer company – South Africa has exchange control in place, something that most immigrants will not have come across before. It controls the flow of money into and out of South Africa and can effect your ability to repatriate funds.
  9. Read thoroughly your relocation report. The better immigration companies will supply you with a detailed immigration report covering the many areas that will affect you during your move. The information in a relocation report is invaluable in assisting you and preventing mistakes.
  10. Do not assume or be afraid to ask – South Africa offers a first world infrastructure but there are many things which will be different to your home country. No matter how small the question may be, always check.

This list is in no way exhaustive but should set you in the right direction as there are things that you may encounter that have not been covered here. You can also find the full article by Intergate Immigration that this post was extracted from here.

Happy travels 🙂

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