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The politics of being a black voter

The politics of being a black voter

Sibongile Malgas looks at issues that emerged when she considered who to vote for in today’s elections.
I was born in August 1995, exactly sixteen months after South Africa’s first democratic election. The day of the first democratic elections is a day all South Africans should remember and cherish, for ‘we’ were finally free. Fast-forward to today, May 7th 2014. 20 …

On our Long Walk to Freedom

On our Long Walk to Freedom

Simlindile Mbongwa explains how she decided who she was going to vote for in the today’s elections.
7th May 2014, Election Day. This year’s election marks the 20th year since South Africa’s first democratic general elections and my first time voting (yes I’m a born free). This year’s elections are very important as they mark a milestone for South Africa, the …

The Election fence

The Election fence

Ahmed Kajee talks about the factors he considered when deciding who to vote for in today’s Elections.
I have been following the election world quite closely for this election, especially since I am a born-free and I am a first-time voter. Although, all our politicians impressively claim that they intend to further improve our Rainbow nation I do remain skeptical as …

Rwanda vs. South Africa- 20 years on

Rwanda vs. South Africa- 20 years on

Sandiswa Sondzaba looks at South Africa, Rwanda and apathy.

2014. This is a year that I marked off excitedly when I was a fifteen-year old caught up in the headiness of World Cup fever. 2014 was meant to be an exciting year for me. The FIFA World Cup would take place in Brazil and I had planned to go and watch …

Finding our struggle

Finding our struggle

Tsholofelo Kwakwa looks at why she decided not to vote in today’s Elections
After watching Trevor Noah’s That’s Racist for the umpteenth time, I grasped something that in my opinion has more relevance now during this election than ever before. He said, “It’s time for a lot of young black people to find their struggle.” I understood this to mean that …

Please call (VOTE 18 MAY)

Please call (VOTE 18 MAY)

Naledi Siphokazi Msimang ponders the SMS war waged on her SAMSUNG STAR by the opposition parties.
I am sure that you got these SMSes too; you know, the ones summarising a political party’s manifestos and achievements since 19-voetsek in 160 characters? It seems that my cell phone has now become a hotly contested terrain wherein political battles must be waged. …

Who will get your vote?

Who will get your vote?

Pheladi Sethusa, a second year Media Studies student, attended a local government elections debate held by the Wits Politics Department on East Campus today. She presents a report on the positions put forward by three representatives from the ANC, the DA and COPE.
The topic up for debate was the local municipal elections, which will be upon us in a matter …

He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones

He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones

In January 2010, the ANCYL filed a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the DA-led municipality in Cape Town for the installation of open toilets for Makhaza residents. And for months to come, the ANC would use the incident as the why-you-should-not-vote-for-the DA-card! ANCYL President Julius Malema was on the forefront of the court proceedings on …

Religion (mis)used as the opium of the masses in politics?

Religion (mis)used as the opium of the masses in politics?

Local government elections are around the corner and yes, it is that time again where election buzz dominates our media. I have been bitten by the bug myself. However I am concerned about the undemocratic and unscrupulous (I think) tendencies in political campaigns of likening political affiliations to religious ones. What is it with politicians and using religious connotations in …

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