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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Mail & Guardian by Athandiwe Saba.]

On a cold Saturday morning in May last year, a group of South African officials were locked up in a boardroom in Geneva, Switzerland, for five hours. They were being punished by South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko — except the officials had done nothing wrong.

It was three other officials who had not arrived for a meeting that infuriated Mxakato-Diseko, who felt disrespected and sought to set an example. She locked the door, wrote a stern email to the department of labour complaining about the conduct of the officials who had skipped the brainstorming session (on how to deal with the internal auditors arriving the following week).

But, said one embassy employee, “She sent out the meeting request on Friday, demanding everyone attend on Saturday.

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