Week of 9 April 1999
1. If you are into god, gangsters, greens, gays, geniuses, or jobs there's
a (political) party for you in SA. Some of the 41 political parties
registered for the election are:
The Super Party (SP) (whose leader Super Genie claims to manipulate mentally the rand exchange rate depending on his
mood); The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) (which represents Cape Town's
gangster community) ;The Government by the People Green Party (GPGP); New
Earth Party (NEP); Simunye in Christ Organisation (Simunye); Justice and
Freedom Alliance (JAFA); Africa Moral Party (AMP); God's People Party (GPP)
; Ximoko Party (XP); Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GLA); Socialist Party of
Azania (SOPA); Regte Party / Right Party (RP); Merit Party (MP); Forum 2000
(F2000); Employment Movement of South Africa (EMSA); Sindawonye Progressive
Party (SPP); Vukunzele Sekusile Party (VSP); Worker's International
Vanguard League (WIVL); Keep it Straight and Simple Party (KISS).
2. The latest Markdata survey shows the ANC is likely to get 64.5% of the
vote; the NNP 11%; the DP 8.9%; the UDM (United Democratic Movement) 3.8%;
the PAC (Pan Africanist Congress) 1.9%; the FF (Freedom Front) 0.9%.
3. "(Alleged bank heister) Colin Chauke can vote but (SA cricket captain)
Hansie Cronje can't," said the DP this week. The Constitutional Court
decided that prisoners have the right to vote in the election. The NNP has
brought an application to attempt to secure the right to vote of South
Africans who will be abroad on June 2. The court has still to decide
whether South Africans without bar-coded identity documents will be able to
vote. The Independant Electoral Commission (IEC) says the election date
"could come under pressure" if these matters are not resolved soon.
4. "I would be proud to be called a kaffir and I am certainly a kaffir of
Africa, just like (Mpumulanga) premier Mathews Phosa," Moolman Mentz, FF
member of the Mpumulanga legislature,said this week.
5. "I have made mistakes in my life in the past, but I have laid all my
sins at the feet of God," Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie said at
the funeral of gang leader Glen Johnson yesterday. Staggie waved a bible
and told those present not to seek revenge for Johnson's death. Staggie is
now a 'born-again" Christian and has moved his family to Durban to escape
the gang violence.
6. The Truth and Reconciliation Committee's Amnesty Committee denied
amnesty to Clive Derby Lewis and Janusz Walus, convicted murderers of
Communist Party leader Chris Hani. The committee also denied amnesty to a
further 79 ANC leaders who had applied for blanket amnesty, including
minister of justice Dullah Omar and minister of finance Trevor Manuel (27
ANC leaders had earlier been denied blanket amnesty).
7. Miss Privani Reddy, 1998 dux student of the Reservoir Hills Secondary
School in Durban, who recieved six distinctions in her matric results, was
denied admission to the University of Natal's first year medical school
class this year because its quota of Indian students had already been met.
She has taken the matter to the High Court. The Medical University of South
Africa (Medunsa) has reportedly accepted students with an F-average over
the last two years.
8. More women were raped in South Africa than people killed in road
accidents over the Easter weekend.
9. The Economist magazine's "Big Mac" Index shows the rand is undervalued
10. The ANC in Durban wants to rename Durban's Gardiner, Smith and West
streets after Chris Hani, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.
And believe it or not, it is still endless summer in SA.