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DA Criticises Equal Education Over Protest

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described the march to the house of the Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, by a group of Equal Education protestors as a dangerous move.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, took to Twitter to condemn the protest outside Schäfer’s house.

Former DA leader, Helen Zille, also went on Twitter to condemn the education movement, saying the movement only exacerbated education problems in the province.

Mugabe Urged to Thank NGOs

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says President Robert Mugabe should stop attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have kept the country afloat over the past 16 years of social and economic turmoil and, rather, commend them for covering up ‘your’ mess.

The MDC party led by Welshman Ncube was day responding to the veteran leader's utterances at African Union summit in Ethiopian, as well as upon his return at the Harare International Airport, when he denounced NGOs operating in the country.

SANEF to Meet EFF Over Gupta Issue

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) will seek an urgent meeting with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leadership to discuss the party’s threats to journalists working for the Gupta family’s media companies.

In a press statement, following SANEF’s council meeting in Cape Town, the organisation says it is also concerned about ‘direct proprietal/managerial interference in editorial decision-making processes’, and had decided on further steps in this regard.

The Gap in South Africa's Transparency Regime

The last time the United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa lodged a complaint with the Public Protector, it led to the eventual resignation of the chair of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula, who was found to be presiding over an ‘unmanaged conflict of interest.’

R2K Lawyers Kicked Out of Court

The Right2Know Campaign legal team was kicked out of the South African National Road Agency's (SANRAL) Cape High Court application relating to planned e-tolling in the Western Cape.
 
SANRAL, which requested that parts of the hearing to be held in secret, wants to ensure that supplementary papers on the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project are not put on public record.
 
The organisation is one of several entities, including the Democratic Alliance, protesting outside the court.
 

IEC Admits Mistakes During Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has acknowledged mistakes during this year’s elections, but says like any other organisation in the world, the electoral body was not perfect.
 
IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, points out that, “These elections were not perfect. No election is. In the next coming weeks we will be reflecting and looking at what went wrong.” 
 

Zuma Tops As Election Loudmouth

President Jacob Zuma tops a list of the top 20 ‘loudmouths’ in the run-up to the elections, with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, coming in a close second.

According to an interim report released by the Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), Zuma received the most media coverage in the months leading up to the elections.

EFF leader Julius Malema is in second place, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, DA Gauteng premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane, and Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.

Call for Political Parties to Keep Voters Interested

The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) says it is critical for political parties at this stage of the election season to maximise the number of voters that they get to the polls.

ISS consultant, Jonathan Faull, says to do this political parties need functional apparatus across the provinces and on a national level.

Faull further says that if political parties hope to compete on a national stage they will need machinery, volunteers and they also need the momentum to carry out their campaign. 

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