[Source: http://democracyinafrica.org/elections-bostwana-south-africa-can-free-fair/ by Nicola de Jager.]
In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that we cannot call the elections that happen in these countries ‘fair’. Dr De Jager is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Read more
Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.
The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.
Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.” Read more
[Source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/01/09/jz-drops-poll-bomb1 by Sibongakonke Shoba.]
President Jacob Zuma yesterday [8 January 2014] called on ANC supporters to ensure that his party wins over two-thirds of the vote in the forthcoming general election, saying this would enable him to change the constitution.
Speaking to hundreds of supporters in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit, as part of the ANC’s 102nd birthday celebrations, Zuma made it clear that he wanted to change the constitution – without specifying the changes. Read more
[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2014/01/06/will-the-anc-collapse-financially-before-it-does-politically by Gareth van Onselen.]
LEGISLATION currently ensures the particulars of party political funding remain secret — no party is obliged to disclose who its donors are. To a large degree, this has served to distract the attention of the media and the public alike for there is much about party political funding that is not secret. This includes, in particular, the organisational structure, culture and mechanisms particular to raising money. These, too, tell a story. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-06-2014-a-year-when-governments-big-guns-head-for-the-exit/#.UsqFNZrxvIU by Ranjeni Munusamy.]
While the elections will be the big political event of 2014 – provided of course that we do not have another presidential recall or an unfortunate incident at the Nkandla firepool which would require a new Number One to be installed (or Kgalema Motlanthe to come off the reserve bench again). But what happens after the elections? Who will be on the team at the top of the political food chain, and who will join the ranks of sad opinion writers and grumpy old men and women lamenting their glory days? Read more
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