The launch of a campaign calling for South Africans to spoil their vote in the upcoming national elections attracted a small protest from political parties at Wits on Tuesday.
The Sidikiwe Vukani! [We are fed up! Wake up!] campaign, formed by African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts Ronnie Kasrils and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge was formally inaugurated at a small launch held at the campus in Braamfontein.
JOANÉ OLIVIER AND ORENEILE TSHETLO: This year people born around the end of apartheid will be able to vote for the first time.
The amount of young people actively involved in politics indicates that the youth vote will have a great impact and make a large contribution to the upcoming elections, SRC Deputy President Taymoon Altamash told Perdeby. Rochelle Oosthuyse, chairperson of AfriForum Youth, feels that because the born free generation is more integrated and informed than previous generations, voters may make their decisions based on the way they want the country to develop rather than “historical facts and influences”. Prof. Bernard Bekink, professor of public law at UP and attorney of the High Court of South Africa, believes that although the born free generation will influence the upcoming elections, the extent of this will “depend on their commitment to make an effort, as they should, to go out and vote on election day”.
TEBOGO TSHWANE: As the election date draws nearer, some students have voiced their concerns and frustration over not knowing whom to vote for.
John Attfield, a first-year BA Drama student said, “The only problem I have is that I don’t know whom to vote for. All the parties have their different views but no party’s views are better than the other. They are all just throwing mud at each other, there is no party standing out saying ‘I am doing this because it’s good for the country,’ they do things because another party is not doing it … there’s no security in voting.”
MAGGIE ROODT: Elections will be held on 7 May and some are referring to them as the most contested elections since the start of democracy in South Africa.
Since 1994 the ANC has largely dominated the polls, however, with the current build up to the elections, the possibility of yet another landslide ANC victory could be under question. There has been an increase in service delivery protests, corruption, new parties, and even old allies of the ANC, like Julius Malema, who have shunned away from the party. Will factors such as e-tolls, the Nkandla scandal and even the fact that Nigeria has officially surpassed South Africa as the biggest African economy, influence where you make your mark?
Roxanne Joseph: South Africans are “chasing a dream,” according to one of the panelists at a discussion hosted by the Right2Know campaign in conjunction with Wits Journalism earlier this today.
Susan Booysen, a researcher at Wits, was speaking at the Wits Club which focussed on the issue of transparency in party funding in the run-up to the national elections. The dream, according to Booysen, is the passing of legislation which will force political parties to fully disclose the sources of their funding.
Rofhiwa Madzena and Thabile Manala: If last night’s election debate at Wits is anything to go by, this election period will be dominated by Nkandla-talk.
Wits University hosted the first in a series of pre-election debates together with eNCA and Independent newspapers just weeks before South Africans head to the polls. Last night’s panel included Agang’s Mamphela Ramphele, Wilmot James from the DA and the ANC’s Gwede Mantashe.
Ilanit Chernick: A new revelation has emerged this week in the battle waged by the Wits Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for official recognition.
Earlier this year, Wits EFF were denied official recognition as a club and society by the SRC (Students Representatives Council). Wits EFF cried foul, claiming their exclusion by the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA)-led SRC was politically motivated. The SRC countered, claiming that Wits EFF submitted their application late.
However, a Whatsapp conversation seen by Wits Vuvuzela reveals that Wits EFF did, in fact, submit their application late.
Michelle Ramiah: Amidst growing tensions between Russia, the Ukraine and Western powers, many have been speculating that the Crimean crisis is has the potential to spark a new Cold War. Although it does have similar features, is the situation in the Ukraine a case of history repeating itself?