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Revitalising Public Participation

With democracy being relatively new in South Africa, local government has had to undergo much institutional reform between 1994 and 2000. A key part of this overhaul has been the requirement for democratic processes in municipal decision-making methods between elections.

Recently, government has been encouraging municipalities to have public participation units. Local government in South Africa is now required to implement forms of public participation, particularly around development planning and budgeting.

Reducing Electoral Conflict: A Toolkit

‘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.

Shifting Political Landscape

After months of anticipation, widespread speculation and tireless campaigning by political parties, the 2009 South African elections have come and gone. As expected, the African National Congress (ANC) has once again been delivered an emphatic mandate to govern, winning 65.9% of the national vote and a majority in eight of the nine provinces. Now that the votes have been tallied, it is clear that there have been several key changes in South Africa’s political landscape.

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ANC a Class Act – Idasa

The Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) says the results of the national election show that the African National Congress (ANC) has lost support among minority groups and could be alienating the country’s middle class.

In its latest report on the elections, the think tanks points out that “The ANC has continued to attract the support of voters in predominantly lower-income earning black African areas.”

IEC Congratulated On Elections

Constitutional Court Chief Justice Pius Langa has congratulated the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on conducting the 2009 national and provincial elections.

At a ceremony in which IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam handed over the political parties’ candidate list for Parliament, Langa pointed out that the country was “held spellbound” by the way the IEC handled the elections.

“It was a mammoth task and we were all so proud of you and your work,” he said.

IEC Lists New MPs and MPLs

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released the official list of members of parliament (MPs) and of provincial legislatures (MPLs) due to take up their seats in the national and provincial legislatures after the April 22 elections.

There are few surprises, given that the party lists are largely those published before the election. However, but many who expected to return to the National Assembly have missed the cut.

CCR Complains About Deployment Policy

The Centre for the Constitutional Rights (CCR) has complained to the Public Protector and the Public Service Commission about the African National Congress’ (ANC) policy of deploying cadres.

CCR’S advocate, Nikki de Havilland says that the practice is illegal and points out that the constitution requires a clear separation between the ruling political party and institutions of the state.

The CCR complaint comes as the country waits for president-elect Jacob Zuma to announce his new cabinet and other top positions in government.

2009 Elections: The People Have Spoken

South Africans withstood low temperatures in some parts of the country to join queues to cast their votes in South Africa’s fourth democratic elections on 22 April 2009. For many, the long queues at many of the approximately 19 000 polling stations brought back memories of 1994 when they participated in the country’s first democratic elections.

Unlike the 1999 and 2004 elections which were characterised by voter apathy, 2009 will be remembered for the interest and participation of young South Africans in both rural and urban areas.

Election Observers Share Findings


The EISA Observer Mission Team

On Friday, 24 April 2009, the EISA Observer Mission Team delivered its “Interim Statement on the 2009 South African National and Provincial Elections” at the EISA offices in Johannesburg.

EISA set up an observer mission consisting of 34 members from Nigeria, Lesotho, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Tanzania and Angola.

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