Blog Posts

Predominantly negative response to “Vote No Campaign”

17 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

On Tuesday, former intelligence minister, Ronnie Kasrils, and former deputy minister of health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, launched a "Sidikiwe Vukani! (We are fed up, Wake up) Vote No" campaign, encouraging voters to either spoil their ballots or vote for small opposition parties other than the DA.

In response ANC’s spokesman Jackson ...

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eBook on 20 years of SA's democratic Parliament - download

17 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

In Working Democracy – Perspectives on South Africa’s Parliament at 20 years, political columnist Christi van der Westhuizen takes an analytical look at a vital institution. Were the makers of the Constitution, who were also the first parliamentarians of democratic South Africa, too ambitious? Does the Democratic Alliance have ...

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17 April deadline to apply for a Special Vote

16 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

1) A special vote allows a registered voter, who can't vote at their voting station on Election Day to apply to vote on a predetermined day before Election Day.

2) Applications for special votes will run until Thursday 17 April 2014 between 9:00 and 17:00 at local IEC offices. A ...

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Promises are no longer enough, real change is needed

16 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

The 2014 elections are about service delivery and the ability to perform and address the needs of the people. On 31 January, the IFP President, Mangosuthu Buthelezi visited the community of Mitchell’s Plain to listen to the grievances of the people. The Mitchell’s Plain community in attendance highlighted their concerns ...

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Spoilt votes are blunt instrument of democracy

16 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

By Steven Friedman

SPOILING your vote is a valid democratic option, but it just doesn’t do enough to make your voice heard. A group of African National Congress (ANC) veterans, who are urging voters to spoil their ballots rather than stay at home, are responding to one of the key ...

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Khayelitsha hosts election debate

11 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

On Thursday evening NGOs Ndifuna Ukuwazi (NU) and Equal Education (EE) hosted an election debate at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha as part of their 20:20 seminar series. Chaired by EE’s Yoliswa Dwane, the panel included ANC/Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich, DA’s Masizole Mnqasela, EFF’s Andile Mngxitama and Agang’s Sandile Eland.

The ...

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A visit to a Khayelitsha Constituency Office

11 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

The ANC has two constituency offices in the Khayelitsha area. People’s Assembly decided to pop into the one on the corner of Spine and Ntlazana Road to get an idea of what kinds of services it provides.

Constituency offices were set up to so that people can have direct contact ...

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Interaction with ANC, DA and EFF – but on civil society’s terms

11 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

The issue of spaces for engagement between civil society and government is one that continues to be controversial as many debate that these spaces are closing down or being underutilised. This was a matter raised at a debate chaired by Inyathelo which provides support for South African civil society. DA ...

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How political parties use social media to garner votes

9 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

While previous elections have been dominated by colourful mass rallies and door-to-door campaigning, these days Twitter "town hall" meetings, Google Hangouts and Facebook debates have become de riguer. Political parties have made a conscious effort to use these and other social media platforms in the run up to the elections ...

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All systems go for parliamentary probe into Nkandla

9 Apr 2014 (7 years, 3 months ago)

There has been a two-day stand-off with the Speaker and his spokesperson refusing to confirm the establishment of a parliamentary committee to investigate Nkandla. People’s Assembly does not understand this coyness as parliamentary papers announced this committee today as a fait accompli.

The Speaker of Parliament announced the appointment of ...

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