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The African News and Politics Thread

StephenZA

International Coach
Some home grown news with the upcoming election.

africanews.com/2019/04/17/ramaphosa-anc-struggling-to-retain-support-of-loyal-south-africans/

Aged 42, Kutlawano has no job and lives in a single room with three other people, including his disabled sister.“They are just greedy people working for themselves,” he declares of the African National Congress (ANC).
“This time I’m just not going to vote,” said Kutlawano, disillusioned.
Still vote for ANC
Despite their anger, people still plan to vote for the ANC.
The DA has battled to carve away at the loyal ANC voting base, and polls show it dipping from about 22 to 18 percent in May.
The radical Economic Freedom Fighters, whose leader split from the ANC and promises to seize land from whites, is polled to rise slightly from six to 10 percent of the vote, still far from a power challenge.
“It’s the liberation movement, they set us free. And Cyril is a face of hope. Better the devil you know…,” summarised Zweni.
For all the difference in problems, corruption and competence around the world, people are the same everywhere..... either don't vote or stick with what you know, regardless.
 

andruid

International Captain
Some home grown news with the upcoming election.

africanews.com/2019/04/17/ramaphosa-anc-struggling-to-retain-support-of-loyal-south-africans/





For all the difference in problems, corruption and competence around the world, people are the same everywhere..... either don't vote or stick with what you know, regardless.
Reminds me of how much ****ing a disappointment the ballot papers in the 2017 Kenyan general elections in my home county were. Most cases it was either voting for the ruling party sycophant or one from a bunch of idiots too inconsequential for the ruling party to bother buying off. In the Senate ballot it was literally a choice between sum semi-intelligent ruling party placeholder, or the founder of the most notorious extortion gang in Kenya's history. Since then literally the only leader who's making an effort to do their job was the independent who won the County governor's seat in spite of the efforts of the state to keep him out

:ranting: over
 
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andruid

International Captain
Lleaders who "overstayed" were the root of Africa's problems. - Yoweri Museveni


Also Yoweri Museveni

Uganda's top court Thursday upheld a decision to scrap presidential age limits, paving the way for the country's 74-year-old leader, Yoweri Museveni, to seek a sixth term in office
 

Spark

Global Moderator
I know it's hardly surprising, but France and the US lining up behind a wannabe Gaddafi who is already starting to wreck Libya even more than it's already been wrecked is disgraceful
 

andruid

International Captain
I know it's hardly surprising, but France and the US lining up behind a wannabe Gaddafi who is already starting to wreck Libya even more than it's already been wrecked is disgraceful
The Western media are calling Trump's backing as a 'reversal of US policy' :rolleyes:
 

StephenZA

International Coach
iol.co.za/news/south-africa_/durbanfloods-death-toll-reaches-70-and-is-expected-to-rise

The death toll from a devastating storm that hit KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night and continued into Tuesday morning has risen to 70, the province’s acting premier has said.Sihle Zikalala made the announcement at a media briefing on Thursday morning, according to broadcaster eNCA.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams are still continuing with search operations.
It is now also 7 in the EC province.
 
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andruid

International Captain
More procrastination in the South Sudan peace process.

"The Parties unanimously agreed to extend the Pre-Transitional period by an additional six months effective from May 12, 2019 to enable the execution of the critical pending tasks," said the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad).
Methinks the 5 star hotels they are staying in while sorting out these issues are way too comfortable.


Elsewhere in unreported news. the ongoing Ebola epidemic in DRC has claimed its 1000th life.

Congo’s Health Ministry said on Friday that 14 new Ebola deaths had been recorded, taking the toll to 1,008 deaths from confirmed and probable cases.

Only the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa has been deadlier. More than 11,000 people died then out of 28,000 who were infected.
 
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StephenZA

International Coach
https://citizen.co.za/news/south-af...ent-denouncing-elections-plan-to-go-to-court/

Sounds like a lot of crying to me. Those 30 parties combined will unlikely have more than 3 or 4% of the votes.
Load of nonsense. Our electoral process is pretty good. Not perfect. But the few dodgy incidents tend to be localised and make no difference to overall numbers realistically (and generally are picked up). The biggest complaint those parties have is they not gonna get their deposit back.
 

StephenZA

International Coach
Now with a mandate what are the odds heads roll in the ANC?
We will find out when he selects his cabinet. If he reduces it like he said he would and gets rid of the problems, he will have show he is in control of the party (at least enough) to start taking action. If the cabinet stays large and their are rotten apples then nothing will change any time soon (or ever).

What is always of concern though is what pressure the EFF will put onto policy. And from a personally point of view it is worrying for me to see the FF+ grow so considerably.
 

andruid

International Captain
We will find out when he selects his cabinet. If he reduces it like he said he would and gets rid of the problems, he will have show he is in control of the party (at least enough) to start taking action. If the cabinet stays large and their are rotten apples then nothing will change any time soon (or ever).

What is always of concern though is what pressure the EFF will put onto policy. And from a personally point of view it is worrying for me to see the FF+ grow so considerably.
Keeping an eye on this.

In other news, Kenya's president hasn't been seen in public since he went to China to beg for more money for his white elephant trans-national railway line. It's trending on twitter too
 

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