Zimbabwe’s incumbent president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, passed his first electoral test early on Friday morning when he became president again with a slender 50.8% of the vote, against the opposition MDC Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa’s 44.3%. However, unlike in November 2017, when Mnangagwa overthrew Robert Mugabe, the capital Harare resembled a ghost town.
The much contested and anticipated 2018 presidential elections results in Zimbabwe were announced in the early hours on Friday, with the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) leader Emmerson Mnangagwa leading his main contender Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC Alliance.
Bitter past experience teaches that legal challenges to African elections are a waste of time and that once the results are out and the observers on their way home, it’s all over. And the key lesson is that democracy works in Africa but only when there is democracy.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vuk’uphile exposé highlights how managing consultants run small contractors out of business
I have noted the sad misuse of power and the unfair manner in which performance is assessed and invoices rejected for petty/immaterial reasons which retard growth and development of small contractors in the construction sector. By Mxolisi Maome.
In a hastily prepared address late on Tuesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the intention of the ANC to amend the Constitution “to enable equitable access to land”. This announcement has predictably been met with extreme responses – euphoria in some quarters, and dismay in others. What, though, does it really mean for South Africa?
By announcing land reform as his and the ANC’s rallying cry for the 2019 elections and directly linking it to economic reform, President Cyril Ramaphosa has stolen the thunder from enemies within his own party and can now show the Economic Freedom Fighters who the real bull is in the political kraal.
By law, and according to its own guidelines, government is supposed to conduct and publish a socio-economic impact assessment whenever it proposes a significant new policy, law, legal amendment, or regulation. This is rarely done, and if it is, it serves only to motivate the proposal.
Expropriation without compensation is shorthand for social justice and redress for dispossession, poverty, inequality and some two decades of flailing land restitution and reform. That emerged, again, at Thursday’s parliamentary public hearings in Beaufort West on an amendment of the Constitution’s property clause, Section 25. Farmworkers, small-scale farmers, commercial farmers and others mingled in a set-up where those with power, and those without, are on an equal footing. Three minutes speaking time: no more, no less, unless by speaker’s choice.
The land question as driven by the EFF and others is a topic of hot dispute. However, the question of disability and access to land has not been considered in public debate, and it should be. Disabled people are often left out of critical discussions generally, and the land question discussion is no exception.
On Wednesday, one of Mozambique’s most wanted men arrived in Maputo in police custody after being deported from Thailand. Nini Satar was behind the 2000 assassination of investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso, but is also accused of masterminding a syndicate responsible for the kidnapping of Mozambican businessmen. With South Africa currently in the grip of an unprecedented rise in similar crimes, could Satar’s detention help unlock the mystery?
PRE-BRICS DRAMA REVEALED: Pretoria had to scurry to ensure Indian Prime Minister Modi attended the BRICS summit
International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu confirms there was “hectic legal footwork behind the scenes” last week to reassure Indian leader Narendra Modi he did not face arrest in South Africa when he arrived for the BRICS summit. A private lawyers’ organisation had laid charges in South Africa against Modi for alleged war crimes against Muslims in the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir.
Zimbabwe is back to square one after soldiers were unleashed to keep the peace on the streets of Harare ahead of the electoral commission announcing the name of the elected president. Observers are concerned, but the war veterans say a firm hand was needed.
EFF leader Julius Malema will certainly have to appear in court for allegedly discharging an assault rifle in a public space and may face jail time of a minimum of 15 years, says a leading legal expert specialising in firearms law who spoke to News24 on the condition of anonymity.