Friday, December 19, 2008

Registration Weekend - 7 and 8 February 2009

Subject:Proposed registration weekend per IEC
When: Occurs every day effective 07/02/2009 until 08/02/2009 from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria.
Where: All polling stations

Go to to find your nearest polling station.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

IEC Registration linked to DA Table

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) morning of voter registration.

Date & Time: 4th October from 9am to 12pm

Venue: Glenvale Fruit & Flower City table Edenglen

Voter Requirements

Please bring your Green Barcoded ID book
South Africans 16 years and older

Voters may check if they are registered to vote by
SMS your ID number to 32810
Visit the IEC website

Voters may call the following number for any additional information
During office hours Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Please call 0119212594

Voters may visit the IEC offices
During office hours Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm (Lunch between 1pm & 2PM)
Kempton Park Civic Centre, Room C101 Ground Floor (Next to Clinic)
Registrations may be effected at these offices during these days and working hours. Please be aware of the voter requirements.

This pamphlet promotes the right to regular free and fair elections in the interest of multiparty democracy as entrenched in the South African Constitution of 1996.

For any additional information call
Clr Allan Sauls 0826857951
Sid Clarke 0824442175

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Motlanthe’s presidential ambitions may yet thwart a ‘political solution’ for Zuma

Embargoed against delivery: 19:00, Monday 22 September 2008

Ten days ago Judge Chris Nicholson ruled that the National Prosecuting Authority’s prosecution of Jacob Zuma was invalid because the NPA had failed to give him the opportunity to make representations before it recharged the ANC President. Zuma’s supporters enthusiastically welcomed the judgment, as they interpreted it to mean that their man was off the hook.

Buoyed by the verdict’s inference that President Thabo Mbeki had meddled with the NPA to secure Zuma’s prosecution, the President of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema called on the ANC to “recall” the President. By contrast, Jacob Zuma said that there was no point in “beating a dead snake.”

Then, last Wednesday, the NPA announced that it would appeal the judgment, as it is duty-bound to do, given the prima facie evidence that Zuma had accepted 783 bribes totaling R4.2 million over ten years.

The ANC leadership soon changed its tune and backtracked on its new-found respect for the due process of law. ANC spokesperson Jesse Duarte called the NPA’s decision “cynical and ill-considered”. An official ANC statement lamented: “By not accepting the court’s ruling, the NPA has lost a valuable opportunity to bring the relentless pursuit of Jacob Zuma to an end.”

Some members of the ruling party assumed that Mbeki had personally influenced the NPA to appeal the judgment. This was to prove the end of the road for him.

There is no doubt that the NPA’s decision to appeal – and the ruling party’s realisation that Zuma was not off the hook – led to the ANC NEC’s decision to follow Malema’s lead and “recall” the President.

This was the revenge that the hardliners in the Zuma camp had been seeking since Polokwane. But the decision to recall Mbeki was also motivated by the ANC’s stated aim of finding a political solution to Zuma’s legal problems. Political solutions mooted range from amending the Constitution to make a sitting President immune from prosecution to appointing a Head of the National Prosecuting Authority willing to drop the charges against Zuma.

As ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said in the City Press yesterday: “The biggest worry for us is the question of the reversal of the possible closure of that chapter…[The Zuma] case, in our view, is not in the public or national interest. If the case is pursued, it will continue to be a point of division in the ANC. That’s the main issue.”

The fundamental error that the ANC makes is that it fails to distinguish between Zuma’s interest and the national interest. Circumventing the legal process to get Zuma off the hook is in the ANC’s interest, but not the country’s. Conversely, the speedy and successful resolution of Zuma’s case may prove fatal to Zuma’s presidential ambitions, but it is necessary if we are to close the chapter on this sorry affair.

Mantashe’s comments and Zuma’s about-turn on getting rid of Mbeki raise the very real possibility that the hardliners in the ANC will use the presidential levers of power to enable Zuma to avoid justice.
But some hope lies in the ANC NEC’s decision to nominate Minister in the Presidency Kgalema Motlanthe as President Mbeki’s successor.

Motlanthe is perhaps the most level-headed and reasonable of all the politicians in the Zuma camp. Unlike Zuma, he had the courage to rebuke the ANC Youth League for its menacing statements that it would “shoot to kill” for the ANC President.

The ANCYL responded by accusing Motlanthe of having a political agenda. In response to Motlanthe’s comments, a Youth League spokesman said: “Going around affirming the independence of the criminal justice system on the case of the ANC President is worrisome. A political case can only require a political solution.”

Whereas Zuma has been equivocal on the supremacy of the Constitution, Motlanthe has committed himself unequivocally to it, and to the independence of the judiciary. If any member of the new ANC leadership can govern in the best interests of South Africa, rather than in the narrow interests of a cabal within the ANC, it is him.

There is another good reason to believe that Motlanthe may refuse to play ball with the hardliners and reject a political solution to Zuma’s legal problems: It is rumoured that Minister Motlanthe harbours long-term presidential ambitions himself. He is unlikely to be satisfied with a stopgap spell as the caretaker President.

It may just happen that Motlanthe refuses to heed the call of the hardliners for a political solution to Zuma’s legal problems. He may turn out to support those constitutionalists within the ANC who believe that

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Democratic Alliance Report Back MeetingHelen Zille and Mike Waters to report back to electorate in Kempton Park
Event Info
DA Kempton Park / Edenvale / Phomolong / Germiston North constituency
Date:Monday, September 22, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:Kempton Park City Hall, CNR SWART AND PRETORIA Streets, Kempton Park, Gauteng
Contact Info
Public Meeting22 September 2008 7.00pm Kempton Park City Hall.Business Breakfast 23 September 7.30am – Le ChateauHelen Zille & Mike Waters Contact 011 394 6425 for information.

Constituency Elects new committee

DA Kempton Park - Edenvale Constituency Elects New Committee

The Kempton Park – Edenvale constituency of the Democratic Alliance held their AGM on 1 September 2008 and re-elected largely the same committee as had taken them through a highly successful year since their crime summit held on 13 October 2007.

Graham Gersbach was re-elected as chairperson and reported back on what was a highly successful year. The constituency has 4 functional branches in Edenvale (wards 18 and 19 – John Anticevich is the newly elected chair), Kempton Park (wards 13, 15 and 16 - Chair – Johann Jordaan), TRACI (ward 17 – Chair – Sid Clarke) and Phomolong ( ward 12 and part of ward 13 – Chair – Ivan Thoka).

Other elected committee members were Andre Hunter (Finance), Ella Pieterse assisted by Christinah Maleka (Phomolong) and Heather Hart (Edenvale) (Women’s Network – DAWN), Jentina Doubell (Fundraising), John Anticevich ( Co-ordination), Rika Hunter (Strategy and Campaigns), Charine Jordaan assisted by Zolile Miya (DA Youth), Annemarie van der Merwe (secretary), Barbara-Anne Harrison (Media), Allan Sauls (Political Education), Ivan Thoka (LEAD – expansion) and Joey Roos (Databases & Membership Expansion).

Gersbach pointed out that the constituency is one of the most active DA constituencies in Ekurhuleni with regular community interaction and members of the Constituency serve on the DA’s Regional Management, Regional Executive, Provincial Executive and Federal (National) Council.

Celebrations at Regional AGM

DA Kempton Park - Edenvale celebrate

The Democratic Alliance in Kempton Park, Edenvale, Phomolong and Germiston North had good reason to celebrate at the Gauteng East Regional AGM of the Democratic Alliance held recently in Benoni.

The Kempton Park – Edenvale Constituency was the Regional Constituency of the year whilst the Kempton Park branch won the branch of the year award. The constituency also launched a branch in Phomolong in the last month.

Graham Gersbach the constituency chairperson was re-elected to the Federal Council of the DA.

Former Edenvale constituency MP Brian Goodall who is serving his last term in the Provincial Legislature was honoured as “A Lifetime Achiever” at the Regional AGM. Goodall was elected on 7 November 1979 in a historic by-election in Edenvale constituency which at that time covered Bedfordview and most of Edenvale. It was the first by-election loss for the National Party since they took power in 1948. Goodall was Edenvale MP until 1987 and was re-elected in 1989 and in 1994 was elected to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. He has served the DA and its predecessors as leader in the Gauteng Legislature, leader of the PFP Southern Transvaal Region, Federal Finance Chair and numerous other positions.