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Farm Workers Threaten to Boycott Elections

Women from South Africa's three Cape provinces have marched to parliament in Cape Town to denounce the country's "slow and unbalanced" land redistribution programme.

The protesters say that if they are not given greater access to land, they will not vote in the upcoming general elections on 22 April 2009. They waved placards criticising Minister of Land Affairs Lulu Xingwana, for failing them.

Elections and Paper Promises: What do Political Parties Say About the Problem of Violence against Women?

South Africa’s statistics for rape remain some of the highest in the world. Figures for the number of women killed by their intimate male partners are also amongst the world’s highest. We may ask, with the country’s fourth democratic election imminent, how are political parties proposing to deal with these problems of violence against women?

Defection Tactic May Backfire – Friedman

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.

The Centre's director, Steven Friedman cautions: "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."

Defection Tactic May Backfire – Friedman

The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.

The director for the centre, Steven Friedman cautions that, "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."

What should we be discussing as we head for the polls?

The upcoming 2009 elections are exciting - uncertainty is in the air and people aren’t quite sure what to expect. So we ask - what should these elections be about? What are the questions and concerns that South Africans should be discussing as they head to the polls on 22 April?

This brief looks at the following issues in detail: an overview of political issues in South Africa; the effect of the global crisis; the prevalence of inequality; unemployment and job creation; poverty alleviation; service delivery; education and public health.

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ICASA Allocates Free Election Slots to Political Parties

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has allocated free time slots for pre-election broadcasts to political parties.

ICASA councilor, Brenda Ntombela says, "The election broadcast period begins 120 hours after the allotment of the slots and will end 48 hours before polling commences."

T here will be four party election broadcasts slots each day, starting from 25 March to 19 April 2009.

NGO pacesetter calls for watchful eye on donations to political parties

Care needs to be exercised to ensure that donations and favours to political parties do not degenerate into expectations of favours and corruption, and some form of regulation should be encouraged.

So said Shelagh Gastrow, Executive Director of Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement, in a statement on reports that an NGO had provided Jacob Zuma, president of the ANC, with gifts to distribute during election campaigning in Mpumalanga. Inyathelo is itself an NGO that promotes good governance by this sector in South Africa.

Who can we count on

Who can we count on
since there are no more
to be counted upon
(switch off the lights)

Who can we count on
now that our Malema
(when he grows up)
might become a Mandela
according to our union man

Who can we count on
as our leaders, emperors
and their sheiks too
unveil themselves before us

Who can we count on
no budding mathematicians
engineers up-and-coming
(standard grade rules still)

Who can we count on

MISA Malawi Head to Join Politics

The national director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Malawi (NAMISA), Innocent Chitosi, is joining politics.

“People in my constituency sent some village heads to speak to me so that I take part contesting in the general elections in May so that I represent them in Parliament,”
says Chitosi.

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