POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Last chance to lodge an objection to party candidates on election lists
With a little more than a month to go until the 2019 elections, political party lists have been published for public scrutiny and objections.
Members of the public have until Tuesday to lodge objections to any candidate on the party lists.
There are 48 political parties contesting the May 8 election.
The ANC has received criticism for the lists it submitted to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) in February. The list included controversial politicians and those who have been implicated in state capture or accused of lying under oath, such as Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba, Mosebenzi Zwane and Nomvula Mokonyane.
There are also a number of new political parties registered to contest the polls, including controversial characters such as Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who is leading the African Content Movement, BLF leader Andile Mngxitama, and Mzwanele Manyi, who is the policy chief for the African Transformation Movement. All three are on their parties’ candidate lists.
Other newcomers are Patricia de Lille’s Good, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party and the Capitalist Party of SA (ZACP).
According to the constitution, any citizen who is qualified to vote may be a candidate. The only exceptions are unrehabilitated insolvents, anyone declared unsound of mind by a court, or anyone convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than a year in prison without the option of a fine.
The IEC said it will consider and make a determination on all objections and notify the objectors and affected parties of its decision by April 8. An objector will then have until April 11 to appeal against the commission’s decision at the Electoral Court.
Meanwhile, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will this week interview candidates for vacancies in the various superior courts.
It will start on Monday with interviews to fill two spots at the Constitutional Court. Six candidates for the vacancies will be interviewed — high court judges Annali Basson, Patricia Goliath, Jody Kollapen and Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane and Supreme Court of Appeal judges Stevan Majiedt and Zukisa Tshiqi.
On Tuesday the JSC will interview judge Xola Mlungisi Petse following his nomination by President Cyril Ramaphosa for the vacant position of deputy president of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
On Monday and Tuesday the New Development Bank will host its fourth annual meeting in Cape Town, aimed at solidifying partnerships for sustainable development within the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) grouping as well as in emerging markets.
The state capture inquiry will continue with public hearings this week, with former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi having completed his second appearance at the commission on Friday.
On Monday the commission will be hearing more testimony regarding Bosasa.