How political parties use social media to garner votes

9 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 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 (8 years, 5 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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The Right Not to Vote

8 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 months ago)

With the 2014 elections fast approaching, some media reports have bemoaned levels of voter apathy in South Africa, with The Citizen declaring “SA Voter Apathy Worrying” (The Citizen, 4 March, 2014) and The Star calling for “Change Needed to Fight Voter Apathy” (The Star, 7 November 2013). But while ...

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"Why I am spoiling my ballot"

8 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 months ago)

In an opinion piece published in City Press last year, outspoken writer TO Molefe boldly declared that he was going to spoil his ballot in protest during the upcoming elections. He explained that many people have reacted in shock to his decision.

“Others think I lose my right to complain ...

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Letter requests political parties reveal private funders

7 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 months ago)

On Monday 31 March, My Vote Counts (MVC) and sixty mass-based organisations and NGOs including the Awethu! Platform, Black Sash, Right2Know campaign, Corruption Watch, Open Democracy Advice Centre, Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum, sent a letter to 14 political parties requesting they reveal their private funders.

According to the letter, ...

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Party funding, the illness at the heart of our society

3 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 months ago)

GREGORY SOLIK
1 APR 2014

Secret funding of political parties poses a serious threat to a strong, independent and democratic society as it enables a tiny minority of influential people and corporations to exercise an electoral influence stronger than a single vote. Secrecy breeds corruption, and it’s making our democracy ...

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How your vote is kept secret

3 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 months ago)

As a means of ensuring free and fair elections, the secret ballot voting method guarantees voter confidentiality and helps to protect them from any attempts to influence their decision through bribery and intimidation.

South Africa’s elections are just around the corner. Have you ever wondered how the Independent Electoral Commission ...

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SJC: Appeal for donations to defend wrongly accused human rights activists

3 Apr 2014 (8 years, 5 months ago)

SJC

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has put out an urgent appeal for donations to fund the legal defence of Angy Peter and Isaac Mbadu, two human rights activists who work for the SJC, charged with murder and kidnapping by the South African Police Service. The two activists were arrested in ...

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National Scholar Transport Policy still not finalised after five years

1 Apr 2014 (8 years, 6 months ago)

South Africa experiences some of the worst road fatalities in the world with about 40 people reportedly dying on our roads daily. This is usually associated with a number of factors, including but not limited to, drunken driving, speeding, reckless overtaking, and driver fatigue from long and uninterrupted driving, failure ...

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When is it bull-dozing?

31 Mar 2014 (8 years, 6 months ago)

Since the start of this election year, accusations have been made about important pieces of legislation being pushed or “bulldozed” through Parliament, specifically pointing fingers at the ruling party who has been accused of rushing through bills to garner more support from the public.

Some of the concerns were that ...

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