South Africa and the ruling African National Congress were the big winners in the country's 2009 general elections, which were marred only by a few logistical glitches as voters turned out peacefully, in huge numbers, to return the ANC to Parliament with an overwhelming majority.
South Africans are serious about democracy, international observer Oranto Atombo said after witnessing the massive, peaceful voter turnout in the country's 2009 general election.
Visually impaired South Africans will be able to cast their votes secretly for the first time using a Braille ballot sheet when the country goes to the polls on 22 April.
South Africa has been ranked second only to the UK on the Open Budget Index, an international measure of transparency in state revenue collection and spending, access to budgetary information and citizen participation in budget decisions.
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has announced a R5.4-billion allocation for the overhaul of South Africa's criminal justice system.
The Independent Electoral Commission has announced that there are over 23-million South Africans registered to vote in the general election provisionally set for 22 April.
The government is determined to deal with crime in South Africa through the creation of a modern, efficient and integrated criminal justice system, Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa told Parliament on Monday.
South Africa is committing more resources to its criminal justice system, to increase the number of police officers - especially those in forensics, intelligence and investigations - to build more prisons, and to secure the country's borders in the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille has been named the world's number one mayor by urban affairs think-tank City Mayors, coming tops out of a group of 820 mayors nominated by more than 74 000 voters worldwide.
Speaking at a national memorial tribute, President Thabo Mbeki apologised on behalf of the people of South Africa to the families of those who died in the recent attacks on people from other African countries.