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NGO Criticises ANC Over Condoms

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) for what it says is the party's non-commitment to making condoms available at schools.

In a press statement, the TAC argues that condoms should be made available at all schools in order to address South Africa's high HIV infection rate among teenagers.
However, its election survey of HIV shows that the ruling ANC is not committed to doing so.

Candidate Lists for Public Inspection

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says that the lists of candidates for the 7 May 2014 general election will be available for public inspection on 28 March, 31 March and 1 April 2014.

In a press statement, IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela, points out that, "The comprehensive list will include all supporting documentation…”

ANC's Era of Dominance is Lost – Lewis

The Corruption Watch says efforts to help the African National Congress (ANC) regain its former glory will not succeed.
 
Speaking at a conference organised by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Leadership‚ Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, said history shows that the former liberation movement enjoyed 65 percent majority support only in the first elections‚ which ushered in the democratic era.
 

Muthambi Criticised Over Digital Migration

Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, came in for a lashing at the African National Congress (ANC) national general council meeting for defying party policy on digital migration and broadcasting, and for presiding over instability at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
 
ANC communications sub-committee chairperson, Jackson Mthembu, argued that Muthambi has failed to consult the ANC on her policy.
 

Nkandla Saga Dents ANC's Credibility - Friedman

Political Analyst and the Director at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Professor Steven Friedman says the African National Congress’ (ANC) stonewalling on the Nkandla issue is affecting their credibility.
 
Friedman says even though the position of the ANC on the Nkandla security upgrades has changed slightly, they could have responded better to the issue.
 

NGOs Warns Political Parties Over Violence

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) to desist from political violence ahead of their respective congresses.

Chairperson of the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO), Paul Juru, says that political violence erodes investor confidence.

On Election Day, Bias Starts at the Top

Part of the folklore of politics is that being first on a ballot paper is worth at least some extra votes in any general elections. That perhaps explains the broad smile on the faces of the Freedom Front Plus leaders the moment they snatched the first place on the ballot paper for the 7 May elections, after the names of political parties were drawn randomly out of a large bowl.

Active Citizenship Matters

As the South African democracy crawls through adolescence and stumbles into adulthood, active citizenship has become a hot topic in civil society. This subject is reflected in the publication of the Good Governance Learning Network’s (GGLN) fifth annual State of Local Governance publication.
 
“Citizenship is profoundly political and deeply contextual,” states Mirjam van Donk, director of Isandla Institute. That context acts as a canvas on which identity is formed and citizenship is claimed, she adds.
 

Is Premier Zille Taking Chances With the Western Cape Community Safety Act?

Premier Helen Zille has signed the Western Cape Community Safety Act into law. The national Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa has come out strongly against the Act and promised to challenge it in the Constitutional Court. The Minister’s spokesperson, Zweli Mnisi, was reported as saying that the Act “seeks to make the South African Police Service a provincial institution where accountability is determined by different structures as and when it is deemed suitable.”

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