M&G: The right to demand answers

30 04 2011
LYNLEY DONNELLY – Apr 29 2011 11:48 – Mail & Guardian

Despite a biting wind and a grey, sodden sky, the Mowbray town hall in Cape Town is overflowing. The audience — from gogos to grandchildren — fills the seats in the large room below the main stage decked out in maroon and dusty pink curtaining.

They have come to hear the testimony of individuals and organisations who have struggled to get information out of the state: the history of their ailing housing project, a nuclear safety plan for the public, or rape statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media: Khayelitsha a ‘prized area’ for political parties

30 04 2011
Malungelo Booi | EWN
 
A political analyst on Friday said the Cape township of Khayelitsha is the focus of political activity due to a unique set of circumstances.

In recent days Cape Town’s oldest township has been characterised by scenes of service delivery protests ahead of May’s local government elections.

The area has seen several political parties coming and going in a bid to secure votes.

At the same time civic organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo has come out to discourage locals from voting. Read the rest of this entry »