‘Reducing Electoral Conflict: A Toolkit’ is a basic guide for South African organisations to contribute to the prevention, management and mitigation of violence when and where it occurs over the election period. Prepared by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, the toolkit focuses on aspects of elections such as; electoral competition, analysing conflict, tracking conflict in your community, conflict intervention, report guide and directory of election contacts.
When the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) meets later this year to consider who will replace four titans of the Constitutional Court when their terms expire this October, it will be one of the first real opportunities to assess where our courts stand since this year’s election.
We celebrated 15 years of democracy at the election polls in April, giving rise to an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, and where we are going. Like the often turbulent years of human adolescence, our country has experienced dynamic change and development since the first democratic elections in 1994. A key component of our democracy, the non-government organisation (NGO) sector, which delivers thousands of vital services to the broader community, has also experienced transition in the past decade and a half.
Levels of gender-based violence reported in MRC study require urgent action
Research released earlier this week by the Medical Research Council (MRC) details extraordinarily high levels of gender violence in South Africa and highlights the urgent need to strengthen the justice system and to change the attitudes of South African men (especially young men and boys) towards women.
It is less onerous to prevent conflicts than to attempt interventions aimed at resolving them once they have erupted.
This is more so on our continent, where the under-equipped African Union/United Nations hybrid mission in Darfur, Sudan, remains deprived of much-needed logistical support.
This is also the case in Zimbabwe, where external donors are still reluctant to fully bankroll a fledgling government of national unity, and support the country's uncertain recovery.
A coalition of television workers has announced that it will protest next week against the money crisis at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), brought about by its "arrogant" management.
The Television Industry Emergency Coalition (TVIEC), which claims to represent more than 80 percent of local content on air, says that the public broadcaster owe artists, writers and producers millions of rands.
Corruption within the home affairs department has rendered South African identity documents suspect internationally. This is according to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
“We can no longer be sure whether the person in possession of a South African passport is 100 percent South African,” Dlamini-Zuma says.
She says regardless of the new security features in the new passports, some countries still demand visas because a South African passport is not secure enough.
A report on corporate governance at the public broadcaster prepared by Deloitte & Touche for Communications Minister, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, has criticised the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) human resource department for lacking accountability.
17 February 2009
Archbishop Njongo Ndungane, Founder and President of the African Monitor
It shows baldly
says the Madame Editor
of the Mail&Guardian
on my morning radio
It shows baldly
plainly for all
to see in the light
how politicians scratch
the backs of their own
ANC talking head Carl Niehaus
now wrapped in cotton wool
a bit of damage control rather
than sleaze charges and
a new orange jumpsuit
It shows baldly
there seem no longer
to be any role models
(just selective morality)