Quote of the week

It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.

Ngcobo CJ
Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa v Inkatha Freedom Party
8 February 2010

Protest action: John Qwelane

Cape Town Pride invites our partner organisations, friends and comrades, human rights and LGBTI activists, and all those who are distressed and angered by the apparent appointment of Jon Qwelane as South Africa’s Ambassador to Uganda, to join us in a peaceful protest action.

When 13h00, Friday, 12 FEBRUARY 2010

Where Outside Parliament (Plein Street, Cape Town)

What Please bring placards and completed petitions, and water!

A document will be handed over to a representative (as yet unnamed) of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Contact persons: Laura Aukamp 072 512 1886 / Glenn de Swardt 021 425 6463

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