The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in the Eastern Cape is threatening to withhold up to R2 million in subscriptions from Cosatu in support of its suspended boss, Zwelinzima Vavi, and union president Thobile Ntola.
The ANC in Gauteng has asked its volunteers to intensify their mobilisation campaign in townships to avoid getting less than 50% of the vote in the polls.
Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) leader Pieter Mulder called for cooperation between SA political groups opposing the ANC.
A corruption-free government, service delivery to communities and investment in infrastructure will stimulate growth in the SA economy, DA leader Helen Zille has said.
Four Democratic Alliance councillors in Tshwane are set to defect to the ANC, the ruling party has said.
President Jacob Zuma’s bodyguards stopped print reporters from entering houses during the president’s election campaign tour.
South Africa and Rwanda issued tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions as a row escalated over the attempted assassination of an exiled Rwandan general in Joburg.
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Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s ruling to allow the partial broadcast of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ trial is welcomed. In past court appearances, space has been an issue due to public interest. As Mlambo said, the ruling will “ensure a greater number of people in the community who are unable to attend the proceedings are able to follow wherever they may be”.Not:
No superstar is bigger than the audience. The antics of US rapper Eminem (he did not want to be photographed by the media while on stage), who performed in the country this week, is disturbing. Blame should also be apportioned to the concert organisers who allow megastars to undermine the freedom of the media to do their jobs.
The time has come for the government to seriously consider legalising dagga for medicinal purposes. This week, terminally ill IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini tabled a Medical Innovation Bill in an attempt to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes. He and many others should not have to resort to the illegal use of dagga to manage pain.Not:
It may be that the North-West University students who imitated the Sieg Heil salute as a hostel “tradition” did not fully realise the meaning of the Nazi symbol they were mimicking, but the university leaders cannot plead ignorance. Viewing the act in context doesn’t make it less objectionable. It’s unjustifiable. Full stop.
Kudos to the National Prosecuting Authority for its tough stance on rape and child abuse masquerading as culture and tradition. Mvumeleni Jezile (32) was sentenced to 22 years in jail by the Wynberg Regional Court on Thursday for human trafficking, rape and assault after he abducted a 14-year-old girl in 2010, married her and repeatedly raped her.Not:
As the elections near, people on the left, right and centre are calling for “political tolerance”. But what we practise and what we preach are two different things, as evidenced at Wednesday’s DA march when people in ANC
T-shirts brandished bricks with the letters ‘DA’ scrawled on them. So much for political tolerance.
Giving out of love was one of Nelson Mandela’s many attributes. There was further evidence of that this week when his will was read out to his family and the world. He not only gave to his family, but to his support staff. He also awarded bursaries to children in less fortunate schools. This is the power of giving with love that we should all embrace.Not:
Acting SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said graduates were a drain on colleagues who were skilled but did not have degrees. This explains why capable and educated leaders are leaving the broadcaster, while Motsoeneng, who doesn’t have matric, remains in his position. You wonder who drives them out.
One small step for the official opposition, one giant leap for womankind. Dr Mamphela Ramphele has joined forces with the DA and has become a member of a party whose leadership is largely made up of strong, competent women and is seen by its supporters as a viable alternative to the governing ANC. This is a sign of a healthy democracy.Not:
So there you are, happily planning your election campaign and dreaming of a seat in Parliament for your leader. And then she announces to the nation that she’s standing as presidential candidate for another party. Agang members are furious they weren’t consulted about Ramphele’s big move and say they feel betrayed. A bad sign in a young democracy.
Anybody who starts a political party on the eve of a general election is “abnormal” – just like people who think any party other than the ANC will win the May polls, President Jacob Zuma told supporters in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria.
A group of angry residents of Soshanguve Block G, Pretoria, hoisted banners and posters high into the air today to express dissatisfaction with their local councillor.
Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has warned those booing President Jacob Zuma that they would be defeated.
The DA’s Gauteng Premier candidate Mmusi Maimane says he will not pay his e-toll bills until roads agency Sanral sends them the legal way – with proper prior agreement and via registered post.
Continuing to force new political parties to fork out massive deposits to register for elections would be tantamount to depriving millions of poor South Africans of the right to vote for the party of their choice, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lawyer Dumisa Ntsebeza has told the North Gauteng High Court.
President Jacob Zuma received a hostile reception when he walked on to the pitch at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday evening.
A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) died after he collapsed outside the High Court in Pretoria.
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