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Drained but proud: how it felt to organise South Africa’s first democratic election in just 4 months

Drained but proud: how it felt to organise South Africa’s first democratic election in just 4 months

SOUTH Africa’s historic 27 April 1994 national election marked the end of more than three centuries of colonial and apartheid rule. The period leading to the election was one of heightened political tension, with opponents of change working hard to derail the process through deadly violence. Political scientist Kealeboga Maphunye asks Mandla Mchunu, first deputy secretary of the adjudication secretariat of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, about that moment. How difficult was it to organise the 1994 elections? Imagine building an aircraft while flying it at an incredible speed over a short distance, towards a destination where multitudes…
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Siege of Capitol Hill: The weathered shoe is now on the other foot.

Siege of Capitol Hill: The weathered shoe is now on the other foot.

GENEVA HAMILTON  DEAR United States Government,  The wheel is round.  Sincerely  The Third World Recently, a marauding mob of Americans rejected the outcome of a democratic election and forcefully tried to ensure the power of an outgoing president who meets the criteria of an everyday dictator. Although this narrative is the foundation of modern history for the third world, this weathered shoe is now on the other foot; if not firmly planted in the  bottom of the US government, that grand global power that believes it controls the world. Yes indeed, the wheel turned this week as a sovereign government…
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