By Naledi Mashishi and Onke Ngcuka JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Young South Africans make up the majority of eligible voters who have not registered to take part in next week's elections, raising concerns over voter apathy barely a generation after many of their parents won the right to vote for the first time. The Electoral Commission of South Africa says nearly 27 million people registered to vote on May 8 for a new parliament and provincial legislatures, representing about 75 percent of the eligible population. The commission, however, said it was concerned that about 9.8 million eligible voters who did not register. Of those, about 6 million - more than 60 percent - are under 30 years old. Reuters spoke to some young South Africans to find out why they might sit out the elections, 25 years after members of the country's black majority cast ballots for the first time, bringing an end to white minority rule. Many said they did not know who to vote for, as they don't trust any of the … [Read more...] about Will young voters have their say in South Africa’s election?
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans voting for a new national parliament on May 8 will have 48 parties to choose from -- more than at any election since the end of white minority rule in 1994. Many more political parties are contesting elections for nine provincial legislatures to be held on the same day. The African National Congress (ANC) has won every parliamentary election since 1994, and opinion polls predict it will again win a majority of the 400 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, next month. But President Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure to reverse a slide in support for the ANC, which has seen its share of the parliamentary vote drop from a high of more than 69 percent in 2004 to 62 percent in 2014. The ANC's biggest rivals this time are main opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a radical leftist group. Parliamentary and provincial elections happen every five years, with seats allocated … [Read more...] about Factbox: The main political parties in South Africa’s election
Christopher Torchia, Associated Press Updated 5:43 am CST, Monday, December 24, 2018 FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, former South African President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa after his appearance on fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges. Tarnished by scandal, Zuma resigned in February after his own ruling party turned against him. But Zuma has ramped up his profile, popping up on Twitter in a robust pushback against his many critics. Some backers reportedly nominated him for a seat in parliament after elections in 2019. less FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, former South African President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa after his appearance on fraud, ... more Photo: AP … [Read more...] about In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter
A court in South Africa issued an arrest warrant for the former First Lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting model Gabriella Engels last year. “I can confirm that a warrant for the arrest of Grace Mugabe was issued last Thursday,” said police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo in a statement on Wednesday. “We are following the Interpol processes, so we applying for assistance to secure her arrest.”The warrant, issued by Randburg Magistrates court in Gauteng province last week, charges Mugabe with “assault causing grievous bodily harm,” after Engel accused Mugabe of assaulting her with an electrical extension cord in a Johannesburg hotel room last August. “She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it,” Engels said at the time. “She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I needed to crawl out of the room … [Read more...] about South Africa Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-Dictator’s Wife Grace Mugabe
Vietnamese Ambassador Vu Van Dung (first, right), the ambassadors of Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, and Anil Sooklal – Deputy Director General for Asia and the Middle East at South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (centre) pose for a photo at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) Pretoria (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Pretoria on November 19 to mark the 25th founding anniversary of South Africa’s diplomatic ties with Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. The event was attended by Anil Sooklal – Deputy Director General for Asia and the Middle East at South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the ambassadors of the four Southeast Asian nations and diplomats of other countries. Opening the ceremony, Sindiswa Mququ, director for South Asia – Central Asia and Southeast Asia at the DIRCO’s Asia and the Middle East division, reviewed milestones in her … [Read more...] about South Africa marks 25 years of diplomatic ties with four ASEAN nations