Friday, October 16, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Bradley Dubbelman.
State legitimacy may be undermined if the relationship between the ruling party and government is not managed, said African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Joel Netshitenzhe yesterday.
Speaking at the ANC Gauteng's extended provincial executive committee meeting in Benoni, Netshitenzhe said that the ANC is the strategic centre of power and should not micromanage the State. He criticised those who "held onto power", despite being subjected to disciplinary hearings or court processes, saying that this too, eroded State power.
Netshitenzhe also condemned the violent nature of service delivery protests around the country, saying that this undermines the legitimacy and authority of the State. He added that firm law enforcement is needed, with better communication between the State and communities.
Voting begins today in Botswana's election, which is expected to see President Ian Khama remain in power despite rising discontent over the economic state of the world's biggest diamond producer.
The Southern African nation has been hit by recession as the global slowdown cuts demand for diamonds, which account for close to 40% of the country's economy. The global economic crisis has forced Botswana, seen as one of Africa's best-run countries with a history of budget surpluses and the region's strongest currency, to plunge itself into debt.
Fierce infighting is expected to reduce support for Khama's ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and help the opposition. However, the BDP's main opposition, the Botswana National Front, does not have enough grass-roots support to provide a serious challenge. It also has to contend with a splinter group, the Botswana Congress Party.
The Department of Basic Education has welcomed a Constitutional Court ruling recognising the powers of a school governing body to determine the language policy of a public school.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the Mpumalanga Education Department acted unlawfully when it forced the Afrikaans Hoërskool Ermelo to become a parallel medium school. However, the court ordered the school to review its language policy within the context of the basic human rights enshrined in the Constitution.
The department observed that the governing body of a public school is entrusted with a public resource which must be managed not only in the interest of its learners, but also in the interest of the broader community in which the school is located and informed by the principles and values of South Africa's Constitution.
Also making headlines:
Britain pledges $100-million in aid for Zimbabwe.
The African National Congress's Fikile Mbalula says that the ruling party will take no immediate action on the service delivery protests in Sakhile, Mpumalanga province.
And, the United Nations General Assembly elects Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to serve on the Security Council as non-veto-holding members in 2010 and 2011
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.