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Public called on to participate in process to nominate Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s replacement
19 September 2021, 9:08 PM

Political parties in parliament have called on members of the public to fully participate in the process to nominate the next Chief Justice.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited the public to nominate suitable qualified candidates for the position.  

The term of the current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng comes to an end on the 11th of October:

Some of the political parties in parliament welcome this opportunity.  

DA’s Spokesperson on Justice Adv Glynnis Breytenbach encourages the public to use it effectively.

“The DA has been calling on the president to follow this process for sometime, similar to the one followed by former President Nelson Mandela appointing the first Chief Justice. The DA encourages the public to use this opportunity.”

ACDP Chief Whip, Steve Swart shares these sentiments.

We trust that the process will produce a Chief Justice of a similar high standard of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, given the key role that the judiciary plays in not only guarding the constitution, but also on cases like state capture.”

Coordinator of Judges Matters, Alison Tilley, says she’s very pleased that the process to appoint the next Chief Justice is an open one.

“We think that the role of the Chief Justice is a big one – a complex one and has many parts to it. We are looking foward to the panel who it should be and what qualities he or she must have.”

Nominations close on the 4th of October and objections on the 15th.  

A panel will shortlist between three and five candidates. It will be chaired by former Judge of the International Court of Justice and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.  

The panel will include, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, former Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe, former Public Protector Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Co-chair of the South African National AIDS Council, Ms Mmapaseka Steve Letsike, and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, Professor Ziyad Motala.  

It will report to the President by the 29th of October. Thereafter, there will be consultation with the Judicial Service Commission and political party leaders.  

The president will decide which candidates from the shortlist to refer to the Judicial Service Commission and the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly for consultation, as required by the Constitution, before appointing the new Chief Justice. 

Ramaphosa calls for political tolerance between parties as election campaigns intensify
19 September 2021, 8:31 PM

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for political tolerance between parties as election campaigns intensify ahead of the local government elections in November. This follows reports alleging that some ANC members tried to block EFF leader Julius Malema from monitoring voters’ registration at one of the stations in KwaDambuza in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Ramaphosa was in Mbombela, Mpumalanga during the last day of the voters’ registration. 

“There should not be any political clashes. The ANC comrades know that we should allow all political parties to campaign anywhere. We must never stop any political party from campaigning.” 

LGE 2021 | Ramaphosa says political parties must respect each other when campaigning:

 EFF leader Julius Malema had to force his way into the registration venue after supporters of the ANC blockaded his vehicles from entering the premises. The incident happened in KwaDambuza area outside Pietermaritzburg.  

The area is an ANC stronghold.  

Some community members wearing ANC regalia stood next to the gate prevented Malema and his protection unit from entering. Then violent clashes ensued.  

But Malema eventually made his way into the voting station. He accused these ANC members of being politically intolerant. 

“I am here to do my work and if they want to do anything let them do it. There is no way that I’m going to be intimidated by anyone. I am here to do my work. The ANC is being intolerant. Why are they intolerant? I do not know who said there should be no-go areas, that can’t be. There will never be a place where the is a no-go area. We are going everywhere and there is no one who is going to block us. We campaign everywhere. The ANC campaigns everywhere. We never stop them. Why are they stopping us?” 

The EFF will lodge a complaint with the IEC following the incident. 

“We are going to lodge a complaint with the IEC. The IEC leadership is here. I’ve seen the lady of the IEC filming the whole incident. We are going to complain, definitely. This is unacceptable. The ANC must be disqualified, particularly in this ward, for conducting themselves in the manner they did.” 

LGE 2021 | EFF vs ANC scuffle – EFF to file a complaint with IEC:

The Inkatha Freedom Party has called on other political parties to ensure that there is peace and stability in KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the November 1st elections. The party says people should be allowed to practice their democratic right to vote by participating freely in the elections.  

IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa monitored voter registration in various townships on the north of Durban on Saturday.

This is Hlabisa’s first election at the helm of the party since he took over from IFP founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.  

LGE 2021 | IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa leads election campaign in Lindelani:

Second day of voter registration goes smoothly in Free State albeit with low numbers
19 September 2021, 6:01 PM

The second day of voter registration has gone ahead smoothly in the Free State, although with low numbers. The provincial IEC earlier experienced challenges with their Voter Management Devices (VMDs) but that has been resolved.  

The problem was caused mainly by network failure.

IEC Vice Chairperson, Janet Love, has expressed disappointment at the low numbers who took advantage of the registration weekend in the province. But those who came to register or verify their names on the voters’ roll, say they want to see change.  

They say poor service delivery is the reason they have come to register, and ultimately elect someone who will serve them.  

Some residents of informal settlements and newly-formalised settlements in Bloemfontein say they need to vote.

 “I have registered today because we want someone who will be responsible for the services. We are struggling with electricity and water in a settlement,” says one resident. 

“Because I wanted to vote. I want for councillors who can deliver services. Because in our area there are no toilets, no lenghts. I want change,” says another resident.

Although the number of people coming to register was low, some young people say they value the opportunity to have a voice.

“Yes, it is the first time I am voting in the local elections. I’m voting because I want to choose someone who is young and will bring change,” says one youth. 

“I came to register because I believe I’m voting and I believe in change,” says another youth.

The IEC says people can continue to use the online platform to register until Monday.  

Love says, “The online is going all the way through. The only time the online will close is at the end of the day that the election is proclaimed. We are anticipating and we have been told by the minister of Cogta that she is anticipating to proclaim the elections tomorrow.”

The number of political party representatives who are normally camped outside voting stations has also been low. 

LGE 2021 | Final voter registration under way:

 

EFF wants ANC disqualified from contesting election in Ward 21 of Msunduzi Municipality following scuffle
19 September 2021, 6:00 PM

The EFF wants the ANC disqualified from contesting an election in Ward 21 of Msunduzi Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. This after violent clashes ensued between ANC and EFF supporters in a voting station.  

EFF leader Julius Malema had to force his way into the registration venue after supporters of the ANC blockaded his vehicles from entering the premises. The incident happened in KwaDambuza area outside Pietermaritzburg.  

The area is an ANC stronghold.  

Some community members wearing ANC regalia stood next to the gate prevented Malema and his protection unit from entering. Then violent clashes ensued.  

But Malema eventually made his way into the voting station. He accused these ANC members of being politically intolerant. 

“I am here to do my work and if they want to do anything let them do it. There is no way that I’m going to be intimidated by anyone. I am here to do my work. The ANC is being intolerant. Why are they intolerant? I do not know who said there should be no-go areas, that can’t be. There will never be a place where the is a no-go area. We are going everywhere and there is no one who is going to block us. We campaign everywhere. The ANC campaigns everywhere. We never stop them. Why are they stopping us?” 

The EFF will lodge a complaint with the IEC following the incident. 

“We are going to lodge a complaint with the IEC. The IEC leadership is here. I’ve seen the lady of the IEC filming the whole incident. We are going to complain, definitely. This is unacceptable. The ANC must be disqualified, particularly in this ward, for conducting themselves in the manner they did.” 

LGE 2021 | EFF vs ANC scuffle – EFF to file a complaint with IEC:

ANC convener in the Moses Mabhida Region, Thulani Xulu says the party will not condone any form of political intolerance from its members as parties prepare for the local government elections.  

“If there is any debacle involving the ANC, we do not condone any of those, but also, we do not want to find certain political organisations who want to grab the stand and use the name of the ANC on their benefit. We cannot accept that. If anyone does that in the name of the ANC it doesn’t represent the ANC.” 

Meanwhile, IEC’s Regional Assistant Manager at uMgungundlovu District, Khulekani Mdadane expressed disappointment at the clashes that occurred at the voting station. However, Mdadane confirmed the voting station will continue operating. 

“No, we have no option to continue, because we can’t deprive voters of their right to come and register or inspect their details on the voters roll. So, we will continue, but we are disappointed in the manner these two political parties have conducted themselves here. We are really disappointed. It has never happened. Even an interview, the media interview was held inside the voting station. We really condemn such a behaviour but we will continue.” 

Police arrived a bit late after the Malema had left the voting station.  

Both the ANC and EFF members also left leaving the voting station in operation.  

LGE 2021 | EFF’s voter registration weekend campaign:

Rally of Capitol riot supporters ends up as peaceful small gathering
19 September 2021, 3:32 PM

The rally in support of jailed Capitol rioters in Washington D.C. on Saturday ended up being a small gathering with little incident.

Police and journalists outnumbered those who attended the rally, but rally organizers said they accomplished their goal in raising awareness of who they call “political prisoners” – people still in jail for their participation in the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol building.

Temporary fencing had been set up around the Capitol and local police and the members of National Guard were on standby.

But supporters of those charged in connection with the January 6 insurrection maintain that it was the work of left-wing groups.

“There has been hypocrisy, there has not been fair and equal justice as they have, whether it’s Antifa and the BLM (Black Lives Matter) and the riots and people that stepped into the Capitol and all kinds of places,” said Lindy Ann Hopley, Justice for J6 rally supporter.

The truth is most of the more than 600 who were charged after the violence here on January 6 have been released either awaiting trial over minor offenses or freed. A few dozen are still in jail awaiting trial for violent offenses – but none have been charged with treason and politicians who encouraged them, including former President Trump, have faced no consequences so far.

This demonstration was of course a big test for Capitol Hill police after being caught unprepared on Jan. 6, this time they took no chances, barriers and security fencing, hundreds of law enforcement are all here and National Guard on standby but in the end they were not needed.
On January 6, supporters of former President Donald Trump, after a rally he had held, descended on the Capitol in a protest, against the backdrop of a vicious political battle in which Trump accused then-President-elect Joe Biden of stealing the election.

The protest, later deemed an insurrection, became violent and left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Democrats have denounced the Capitol riot as an attack on democracy, while Republicans have almost uniformly downplayed its implications, especially Trump’s alleged role of inciting it, and dismissed the committee as a political sideshow created merely to discredit Trump’s legacy.

The former president was impeached for inciting the insurrection earlier this year.

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