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UN Praises ANC Over Democracy

The United Nations (UN) has described the African National Congress (ANC) as a movement and a tangible expression of a vision.

UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, points out that, "The power of the ANC lies not just in the numbers of people who vote for it, but the vision that it stands for.”

“The struggle for freedom, justice, human rights and against racism is a global battle. I see the ANC in the vanguard, not just in South Africa but throughout the continent and the globe," he explains.

PLAAS Criticises DA Over Land Reform

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has criticised the Democratic Alliance’s suggestion that the green paper on land reform is unconstitutional.

PLAAS senior researcher, Dr Ruth Hall, points out that, "Nothing in the green paper suggests the need for a constitutional amendment."

The organisation argues that the green paper provides almost no guidance on any of the crucial questions facing land and agrarian reform in South Africa, adding that it is ‘insubstantial and vague’.

ANC Criticised Over Botswana Comments

The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg says that the African National Congress (ANC) is treating its youth league leniently over its threat to help bring about regime change in Botswana.

The Centre’s director, Steven Friedman, has described the Botswana comments as a major embarrassment to South Africa’s foreign policy, adding that he expected more from the ANC.

Friedman further argues that he had long believed that the ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, is under the protection of powerful politicians within the ANC.

SANEF to Meet ANC in EC

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape and the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) are expected to meet ‘to improve relations’.

ANC provincial spokesperson, Mlibo Qoboshiyana, points out that the main point for the summit is for both the ANC and the media to improve their relations in a manner that avoids the hostilities experienced before and during the election period.

Zuma Urged to Clarify Land Reform

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that President Jacob Zuma should ‘urgently’ clarify the government's position on land expropriation.

In a press statement, DA spokesperson, Athol Trollip, points out that, "It is not sufficient for President Zuma to simply state that land grabs are not ANC policy."

Trollip maintains that Zuma should come forward as a matter of urgency and denounce the radical policies espoused by African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema.

NGO Accused of Being With the ‘Enemy’

The government of King Mswati III of Swaziland is accusing NGOs and foreign diplomats of consorting with ‘the enemy’.
 
Public Works Minister, Nthutuko Dlamini, has been quoted as saying that, “We say people should disassociate themselves from the banned political parties - or whatever you call them - then we find some of you, Your Excellencies, sitting and having dinner with these people."
 

IEC Urges Parties to Respect Election Results

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has urged candidates and parties to respect the wishes of voters in the upcoming local government elections.

IEC chairperson, Brigalia Bam, says she hopes the disappointment of those not elected will not lead to anything that is negative.

Speaking at a ceremony where the leaders of political parties were to sign the Electoral Code of Conduct, Bam said that, "Without multiparty tolerance we will slide into the tyranny of the majority. Each political party must be willing to compromise and work together."

Soyinka Condemns Rising Election Violence

Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has condemned the spate of killing in the ongoing political campaign rallies of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in that country.

Soyinka has also urged Nigerian electorate to reject a directive of the country’s inspector of police, that citizens should not use cellphones and cameras to record and monitor voting processes.

CHADEMA Demonstrates Against CCM-Led Govt

Tanzanians are taking part in demonstrations organised by Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) over the rising costs of living, erratic power, grand corruption and other related issues.

The CHADEMA’s slogan ‘people power’ also captivated people from Lake Zone regions who have opposing political views against the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) led government.

SANEF Welcomes Court Finding on SABC

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed the exposure in court of political manipulation by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in favour of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2006.

SANEF media committee chairperson, Thabo Leshilo, points out that, “SANEF welcomes this searing exposure of the dishonesty of [Snuki] Zikalala, [Dali] Mpofu and the official SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, as a vindication of the complaint of the Freedom of Expression Institute [FXI].”

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