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
2 April 2007

She had very stiff competition….

Sorry, I can’t resist. A friend sent me an email with a story from De Standaard, a Belgian newspaper, which reports Britney Spears was voted the mots foolish American of the year in an April 1 Opinion Survey. Paris Hilton was second and Michael Jackson third. But George Bush (4) and Dick Cheney (6) was not far behind. I suspect this was an April Fools Joke by the newspaper, but it was fun to contemplate such a list for South Africa.

I imagine Jacob Zuma would be on the list. Maybe Jackie Selebi. The odd Miss South Africa if anyone could remember their names. Judge Motata who claimed to have had “a cup of tea” before crashing his car through a wall and swearing at the bystanders? Anyone admitting to working in a Home Affairs Office. And, of course, the presenters of Top Billing. Who else?

UPDATE: This story seems to be true as it is being reported on several Internet sites.

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