South Africa: Parliamentary Diary – a Handy Platform for Electioneering

The 2016 budget vote debates in Parliament are an ideal opportunity for electioneering that's unencumbered by costs for transport, T-shirts, caps and the like. On Tuesday there were six such debates - on co-operative governance, human settlements, environmental affairs, international affairs, tourism and correctional services - during which speakers predictably divided along party lines, with those from the ANC recounting the "good story" and those from the opposition benches listing corruption and cronyism. By MARIANNE MERTEN.

Connie September, the ANC's chairwoman of the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI), closed her state security budget debate contribution last week with: "Local government is in your hands. Vote ANC!" A few days earlier home affairs committee chairman and ANC MP Lemias Mashile urged people "to vote ANC". A good few ANC backbenchers did the same in their contributions to the various budget debates, which unfolded in various extended public committees, often at the same time, over the past two weeks or so.

Tuesday was no different. Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen reminded all that it was still possible to register as a voter at Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) offices. And while the 3 August local government elections had not...

Source: Daily Maverick.