Saturday, 09 May 2009 14:15

Zuma sworn in

Written by Paul Bedford
Jacob Zuma became democratic South Africa's fourth president when he took the oath of office this morning. In a ceromony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria he declared, "I, Jacob Zuma solemnly swear..... that I will observe and maintain the Constitution of the Republic and I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always promote all that will advance the public and oppose all that my harm it."
Friday, 08 May 2009 18:26

Mbete to leave government

Written by Paul Bedford

The African National Congress has just confirmed current Deputy President Baleka Mbete, who was not sworn in when the other members of parliament took the oath of office on Wednesday, will not remain in government.

Mbete will be working full time at the party’s headquarters at Chief Albert Luthuli House in Johannesburg clearing the way for President Kgalema Motlanthe to become deputy president.

Friday, 08 May 2009 17:48

Mashatille out

Written by Paul Bedford

Former Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile was not included in new premier Nomvula Mokonyane's executive team that she announced earlier today. Mokonyane said that after consultation with the ANC, it was decided that Mashatile would not be part of the executive and his "deployment" would be announced at a later date.

Mokonyane announced that current finance MEC would remain in his position. Firoz Cachalia will move from community safety to economic development. Former agriculture MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu will take over from Cachalia while former sports, arts and culture MEC Barbara Creecy will move to education.

The local government department has been merged with housing and will be headed by former social development MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro. Nonhlanhla Mazibuko will head the newly created infrastructure development portfolio with the combined health and social development portfolios in the hands of Dorothy Mahlangu.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:20

New MPs to be sworn in today

Written by Paul Bedford

Members of South Africa's fourth democratically elected parliament will be sowrn into office today when the National Assembly sits for the first time. The MPs will be sworn into office in groups of 10 in a ceromony presided over by Chief Justice Pius Langa.

ANC President Jacob Zuma will be among those sworn in although his tenure as an MP is lekely to be short. Zuma is expected to be elected as South Africa's president and once he is, he will immediately cease to be a Member of Parliament.

Speaking at Workers Day Celebrations at the Thomas Shabalala Stadium at Lindelani, north of Durban earlier today ANC Youth League president Julius Malema called DA leader Hellen Zille "a racist little girl."

Malema also said that Zille had to report to "President Zuma" about the happenings in the Western Cape.

"Helen Zille mustreport to Zuma about the Western Cape...the racist girl has not won...all of themmust call President Zuma,President."

Sunday, 03 May 2009 11:31

Where to for Manuel?

Written by Paul Bedford
Speculation is mounting that Trevor Manuel will be replaced as finance minister in Jacob Zuma's cabinet by current South African Revenue Services commissioner Pravin Gordhan. It is thought that Manuel will be appointed to a new cabinet post from where he will oversee all economic departments. The finance, trade and industry, and public enterprise portfolios could be included in this.
Thursday, 30 April 2009 23:16

Nomvula Makonyane announced as Gauteng premier

Written by Paul Bedford

Current Gauteng housing MEC Nomvula Makonyane has been named as the provinces new premier by the ANC's national executive committee. The announcement was made at a press briefing after the NEC meeting in Esselen Park by party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Gauteng provincial ANC structures had publically endorsed current premier Paul Mashatile for the position. Mandla Mkomfe, the ANC deputy provincila secretary, was the other name on the list of three that ANC rules require the provincila structures to submit.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009 09:19

Can Cope oust the DA?

Written by Paul Bedford

Speaking at a panel discussion at Wits University last night political analyst and columnist Justice Malala suggested that Cope might replace the DA as South Africa's official opposition after tomorrow's general election. Other panelist did not share his view with Aubrey Matshiqi of the Centre for Policy Studies saying that Cope "will be lucky to approach the 10 percent mark, getting maybe between 7 percent and 9 percent of the vote."

Professor Susan Booysens of Wits University said that, while opinion polls suggest that Cope could become the official opposition in six of South Africa's nine provinces, the Democratic Aliiance will remain the official opposition party.

Monday, 20 April 2009 08:25

Special voting gets underway

Written by Paul Bedford
Those members of the electorate who registered to cast a special vote before 27 March 2009 will be able to cast their vote today and tomorrow. The special vote system is designed to cater for pregnant women, physically disabled people, election officials and security force members who will be working on election day, as well as those people who will be temporarily out of the country on 22 April.
Saturday, 21 February 2009 13:46

Court grants interdict

Written by Paul Bedford
The ANC has been granted an interdict preventing the IFP from holding an election rally in Richards Bay. Both the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party scheduled rallies in the northern KwaZulu Natal town. The ANC claimed that the IFP was intentionally planning to hold rallies in close proximity to those scheduled by the ANC.
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