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DA Helps Fund OUTA's Fight Against e-Tolls

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will contribute the R1 million the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) needs to continue its court battle against e-tolls.

The DA national spokesperson, Mmusi Maimane, points out that, "This is in response to OUTA's public call on May 10 to assist with funding their court action.”

Maimane states that his party is committed to fighting urban e-tolls on major commuter highways, adding that if the government's e-toll levies go ahead at the end of this month, they will hit poor and middle income South Africans the hardest.

NGO Founder Appointed to ANCYL Team

Former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leaders accused ANC national disciplinary committee chairperson, Derek Hanekom, of having influenced or imposed his nephew Braam on the interim youth wing leadership.
 
Suspended former ANCYL spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, points out that the youth does not know Braam Hanekom, who is also founder of People Against Suffering Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), a human rights organisation working with refugees.
 

Secrecy Bill Closer to Becoming Law

The African National Congress drives final amendments to the Protection of State Information Bill through the National Council of Provinces amid protest, bringing the so-called secrecy bill two steps from becoming law.

In an often raucous debate, State Security Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, claimed that the Bill is the most progressive official secrets legislation worldwide.

Meanwhile, opposition parties vowed that if that happened they would ask the Constitutional Court to overturn the legislation, a threat also issued by the Right2Know campaign.

Zimbabweans Fear Violence Ahead of Elections

An opinion poll conducted by Afrobarometer shows fears of political violence breaking out during elections next year persist among Zimbabwean voters.

The study, titled ‘Voting Intentions in Zimbabwe: A Margin of Terror?’ notes that "Zimbabweans remain deeply concerned about political violence".

88 percent of the respondents think that multiparty competition ‘often’ or ‘always’ leads to violent conflict. 63 percent of Zimbabweans say that during an election campaign they personally fear becoming a victim of political intimidation and violence.

ANC Challenged to Prove it Cares About Citizens

The Centre for the Study of Democracy says that far more is needed to convince African National Congress (ANC) voters that the party’s leaders care more about citizens than themselves.

The Centre’s director, Steven Friedman, points out that contrary to much of what we read, the ANC’s policies are not about to cause the country problems, but nor are they likely to provide solutions.

WC Food Aid Strategy Criticised

If you are able-bodied, unemployed and between 18 and 40, you might be required to do a bit of work to be able to benefit from a food aid handout, according to the Department of Social Development in the Western Cape.

Social Development MEC, Albert Fritz, states that the change in policy came about because previous attempts at addressing hunger across the province had been ineffective, and in many instances the aid never reached its intended recipients.

Press Clubs Urged to Reconsider Membership

The African National Congress (ANC) has called on the press clubs to revisit their membership criteria and reflect on the role members should play.

In a press statement, ANC Chief Whip in the National Assembly, Mathole Motshekga, is also urging the press clubs to conduct a frank discussion on the desirability of having politicians as members.

The comments follow a protest by Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who was invited to address the Cape Town Press Club, when she found out that Democratic Alliance MP, Pieter van Dalen, was there.

Trade Union Demands Democratic Reforms

The newly formed Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) demands the registration and participation of political parties in next year’s parliamentary election, despite strong government opposition.

TUCOSWA president, Barnes Dlamini, points out that, “Now is the time for the country to allow political parties in terms of the elections.”

IEC Ready for the Upcoming By-Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says that almost 90 000 people are expected to cast their ballot for councillors of their choice in 14 wards in six provinces in next week's local government by-elections.

IEC CEO, Mosotho Moepya, points out that the by elections come in the wake of most councillors having resigned from their posts while others have passed on leaving their positions vacant.

Call for ANC to Fight Discrimination

The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has commemorated the African National Congress (ANC) centenary, hailing the ruling party’s successes as a key liberation movement in the country.

Ban, who also called for the ANC’s continued determination to defend the principles of freedom, justice and non-discrimination, described the ANC as “...more than a political party. It is a movement - a tangible expression of a vision."

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