Feb 25, 2009

Afrikaner: South Africa Challenges Exile Vote

Active Image Government appeal to the Court of Appeal against ruling allowing South Africans abroad to vote.
Below is an article published by: BBC News

South Africa's government has applied to the country's highest court to appeal against a ruling saying South Africans abroad have the right to vote.

The judgement, made by Pretoria's High Court earlier this month [February 2009], has to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
But Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says there were mistakes in the ruling, national radio reported.

If confirmed by the Constitutional Court, the decision could delay the 22 April [2009] general elections.

Some two million South Africans live abroad.

According to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Ms Mapisa-Nqakula said that the ruling disqualified certain classes of absent citizens from voting - and was therefore discriminatory.

The opposition Afrikaner nationalist Freedom Front Plus party brought the original case on behalf of a South African school teacher living in the UK.

The Constitutional Court is due to hear the applications next week.

April's [2009] poll is shaping up to be the most interesting since the end of apartheid in 1994.

African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma is the front-runner to become president but his bid has been overshadowed by the corruption charges he is facing.

He will face Methodist bishop Mvume Dandala - the candidate from the breakaway Congress of the People (Cope) party, which could win enough votes to deny the ANC a two-thirds majority to parliament, needed to change the constitution.