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Buti Manamela confirms an open secret

30 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

Christi van der Westhuizen

Buti Manamela, ANC MP and leader of the Young Communist League, caused a stir in parliament this week when he stated bluntly that he acts on orders from Luthuli House, the ANC’s headquarters. He was speaking at the meeting where the ANC used its parliamentary majority ...

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Elections: What security plans are in place?

30 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

With only a week to go until Election Day (7 May), the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has been very busy rolling out security plans so that voting runs smoothly on the day. The People’s Assembly spoke to Courtney Sampson, Western Cape Electoral Officer, about some of the IEC’s ...

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Why is Gauteng so important?

30 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

By Simon Williamson

There's a lot more to this election in Gauteng than the Premier's race.

After we’ve all gone and voted, the Independent Electoral Commission shunts the numbers through a formula to determine who gets how many seats in the next National Assembly, and all the provincial legislatures. It ...

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Nkandla Committee meets: Day 2

29 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

Yesterday, 28 April, saw day two of the Ad Hoc Committee meeting to discuss the President’s submissions in response to the Public Protector’s report. The DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko addressed a letter to the Committee proposing a way forward that would see people being called in to give evidence to the ...

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Questioning the relevance of smaller opposition political parties

29 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

During President Jacob Zuma’s visit to greater Durban, ahead of the 7 May elections, he expressed the view that “it’s cold outside the ANC”. Opposition political parties were criticised for making empty promises, as they have not been in government and will not become government, perhaps signalling their irrelevance. ...

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Artists have a mandate to be critical of political power

29 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

With the final push for votes happening with a few days left until elections, many artists and famous persons are lending their names to political parties through a series of rallies and strategic appearances. Musical acts such as Freshly Ground and actors such as Zolisa Xavula (Jason from SABC’s Generations) ...

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A visit to Salt River ANC Constituency Office

28 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

The biggest ANC constituency office in the Western Cape is based at its regional headquarters in Salt River. People’s Assembly caught up with Glen Geswindt, Parliamentary Constituency officer to Marius Fransman, leader of the ANC in the Western Cape and Deputy Minister of International Relations.

Geswindt Glen Geswindt, Parliamentary Constituency Officer ...

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Elections driven by volunteers

28 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

IEC

Some people may be unaware that South African general elections are predominantly run by volunteers. All they receive is a small stipend for subsistence and travel. According to Western Cape Electoral Officer Courtney Sampson, the 1578 polling stations and 2.941 million voters registered in the Western Cape will be attended ...

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Elections: preparation & process

28 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

In terms of preparation for the election, Courtney Sampson, Provincial Electoral officer for the IEC in the Western Cape told Peoples Assembly, “The IEC works according to a very strict timetable that is legislated. As soon as an election is called, that timetable kicks into place. The timetable determines the ...

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Nkandla Committee meets: Day 1

24 Apr 2014 (7 years, 1 month ago)

Ad hoc committee members elected Mr Cedric Frolick as committee chairperson. The eleven-member committee is one opposition member short and the smaller parties requested that the vacancy be filled by the ACDP (as COPE had declined to make a nomination). The Chairperson said he would consider the request.

Opposition MPs ...

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