President Kgalema Motlanthe opens parliament on 6 February. The President's reply to the National Assembly's debate on his address takes place on 10 February. It has been the practice that the president announces the date of the election during his reply and the guesstimate is that the election will be on 15 April. It is the President's prerogative to dissolve the National Assembly, and it has been mooted that the disolution date might be as early as 13 February. (Source: Parliamentary Monitoring Group).
The final registration will take place on the weekend of 7 and 8 February. According to government sources, a new president will be inaugurated on April 27, Freedom Day.
The views of other party leaders:
Other opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance, Independent Democrats and Inkatha Freedom Party, were united in their view that the ANC's election manifesto was a rehash of past broken promises.
DA leader Helen Zille said the ANC made big promises before every election and then failed to deliver.
"Why is this? The reason is simple. The ANC does not see government as a site of delivery. It sees it as an employment bureau for party loyalists, families and friends, and a means of dispensing patronage through tenders and contracts.
This inevitably resulted in a "shell state" or "vampire state", such as Zimbabwe under Zanu-PF.
ID leader Patricia de Lille accused the ANC of "political amnesia". "If the ANC had delivered on its 14 years of promises, all of us would have a house and a job by now."
IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi described the ANC manifesto as "a storm of meaningless jargon with no hope of implementation". Source
According to stats displayed on the website of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group, the percentage of total seats currently held by the major players are as follows:
African National Congress – 74,25%
Democratic Alliance – 11,75%
Inkatha Freedom Party – 5,75%
United Democratic Movement – 1,5%
Who will I be voting for?
The ANC will NEVER get my vote for reasons to many to mention here. They’ve treated me like dirt and my freedom and Constitutional Rights have been violated by government officials on numerous occasions. Since 1994, when South Africa was handed over to these Marxist terrorists, my quality of life has degenerated to a point of dismal gloom and despair. If I had the money and the opportunity I would have packed my few belongings and started a new life somewhere else, --- but unfortunately I’m stuck here (for various reasons I do not wish to disclose now) so unfortunately, at this point in time, I have no other alternatives. If there were a trustworthy party that could guarantee a piece of land on this continent where I could live peacefully (not behind bars, gates and security fences) with people of my own kind, who share the same culture, religion and values I would gladly support them, --- but unfortunately there isn’t one and there never will be --- ‘cause “Apartheid” is a dirty word! Any party (Eg COPE) that uses the words “Change and Hope” in their slogans is only promoting falsehood and deceit, but the politicians know that they will fool the masses with this crap. So in the light of all this, I do not have a cooking clue who I will be voting for. My instinct tells me that Helen Zille’s Democratic Alliance needs the support of every White citizen in this country, but my logical reasoning has advised me to wait and see what unfolds in the next two months.
BE CAREFULL WHO YOU VOTE FOR!