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SABC to Drop Complaint Against AZAPO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it will withdraw its complaint with the police against Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO). political party

SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, points out that, “The corporation has decided to rather engage with AZAPO’s leadership to ensure that a similar incident does not happen in the future.”

Votes for Citizens Abroad Difficult - IEC

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned that registering South Africans living abroad to vote in the upcoming national elections will be very difficult.

This is according to the commission’s answering papers in the Constitutional Court, after an application by Freedom Front Plus for South Africans living abroad, who are already registered to vote, to be allowed to vote overseas.

Political Parties Debate Poverty

Is South Africa a welfare state? Are current grants and handouts enough to sustain the poorest of the poor? What is the South African government doing to help citizens become self reliant? These are some of the questions that the television talkshow, 2009 Election Debate, addressed on 14 February 2009.

The weekly programme is hosted in partnership with the University of Johannesburg.

Court Cases Unlikely to Affect Election Date – IEC

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says the upcoming national and provincial elections are unlikely to be delayed by the outcome of a Constitutional Court hearing on the right of South Africans living overseas to vote.

IEC commissioner Fanie van der Merwe, told Parliament’s home affairs portfolio that the five court cases brought by South Africans living overseas, who are seeking the right to vote in the coming elections, cannot result in the postponement of the elections.

A dream reclaimed

A dream reclaimed
way over yonder
in Martin Luther King land

A dream reclaimed
history made with
imperialism on its head

A dream reclaimed
a public holiday declared
nearer our shores in Kenya

A dream reclaimed
has change come
no more Bush-talk

A dream reclaimed
by an African-American

Is this hope new
or a dream deferred

Wednesday morning, November 5 2008, with the breaking news that Barack Obama is the USA’s President Elect.

A Dream Reclaimed

A dream reclaimed
way over yonder
in Martin Luther King land

A dream reclaimed
history made with
imperialism on its head

A dream reclaimed
a public holiday declared
nearer our shores in Kenya

A dream reclaimed
has change come
no more Bush-talk

A dream reclaimed
by an African-American

Is this hope new
or a dream deferred

SAIRR Speaks Out on Fraud and Corruption in the ANC

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has warned that fraud and corruption in the African National Congress (ANC) could compromise the rule of law in the country.

“That the ANC was aware of the corrupt dealings of the man they appointed as their spokesperson to convey their election manifesto promise to act against corruption, is beyond scandalous", says SAIRR deputy CEO, Frans Cronje.

When the ruling party shows a disregard for the rule of law that same disregard will begin to manifest itself in government, Cronje says.

SANEF Speaks Out on Election Reporting

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says it will liaise with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to report threats of violence and intimidation towards journalists.

SANEF chairperson, Henry Jeffreys, points out that council members have been particularly concerned about the possibility of violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Voting Abroad a Logistical Nightmare, EISA

The Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) has warned that allowing South Africans living abroad to vote will be a “logistical nightmare” and could further delay the announcement of the election date.

EISA election and political processes manager, Titi Pitso, points out that: “Logistically it would be a nightmare, it would mean setting up voting stations across the globe... it will impact on the closing date of the voters roll...”

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