In the eye of the storm

Troubled times: The birth pangs of South Africa’s democracy remain etched in many people’s minds PIC: graemewilliams.co.za
Troubled times: The birth pangs of South Africa’s democracy remain etched in many people’s minds PIC: graemewilliams.co.za

As South Africa heads to its seventh general election next Wednesday, Mmegi Correspondent, LESANG MASWABI, goes down memory lane to recall his turbulent days early in the country’s democracy

Friday, April 27, 2024, marked South Africa’s 30th anniversary of the dawn of democracy. Also called Freedom Day, this day was ushered through the 1993 Interim Constitution, drawn up through negotiations amongst various political parties, culminating in the country’s first non-racial elections in 1994.

That year (1994) has remained indelible and will always be special to me as it marked the beginning of my stay for my studies at Design Centre – College of Design around the leafy suburb of Greenway Street, Greenside, away from the hustle and bustle of my temporary home at Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) flat by Corner Rissik and Wanderers Street in Braamfontein.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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