These Elected Officials Have Way More Power Than You Think

We watched in horror as the dark atrocities of January 6, 2021 unfolded in real time on American screens. Just months after the 2020 uprisings against police brutality, anger ran through us as we thought of the many lives lost over the years at the hands of authority for much less than what we saw … Read more

From Facing Charges As an Organizer to Winning Elected Office

The 2022 midterm elections are right around the corner. In our new series Teen Vogue’s Top 10, we’re asking candidates 10 questions about the issues we know our readers care about the most, including student debt and climate change — plus a few bonus questions for fun. Here, Justin Jones tells us about becoming the … Read more

Daily news update: Phalatse vs ANC, Lesufi elected Gauteng premier and Babita Deokaran case | The Citizen

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories. Stay up to date with The Citizen – More News, Your Way. Daily news update: 7 October The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has called on former City of Joburg mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse to retract her statement calling the ruling party … Read more

JUST IN: Panyaza Lesufi elected Gauteng premier | The Citizen

ANC Gauteng provincial chairperson Panyaza Lesufi has been elected the next premier of the province. New Gauteng premier elected Lesufi was elected on Thursday during a special sitting of the Gauteng provincial legislature. He contested the position against the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) premier candidate and provincial leader, Solly Msimanga. Lesufi beat Msimanga by 38 votes … Read more

Cope’s Colleen Makhubele elected as new City of Joburg Speaker | The Citizen

The City of Johannesburg, chair of chairs, Colleen Makhubele has officially been elected as the new Council Speaker. Makhubele beat Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Alex Christians by 141 to 129 votes during the city’s council meeting on Wednesday. The Congress of the People (Cope) member, who replaces ousted Vasco da Gama, thanked her party for their support … Read more

Giorgia Meloni elected as Italy’s first female Prime Minister | The Citizen

Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni said Monday she was ready to govern for “all Italians” after her eurosceptic populists swept to victory in general elections, putting her on course to guide Italy’s most right-wing government since World War II. According to projections around one in four voters in Sunday’s election backed Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party, … Read more

DA’s Retief Odendaal elected as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor | The Citizen

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Retief Odendaal has been elected mayor in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro. Odendaal was elected in the early hours of Thursday morning, ten hours after former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Eugene Johnson was booted out of office. Her deputy Buyelwa Mafaya and chief whip Wandile Jikeka were also removed from their … Read more

This Idaho Teen Won Elected Office to Fight Far-Right Education Policies

Shiva Rajbhandari is straddling two worlds — one in which he’s a high school senior balancing college applications and classes, and one in which he’s an elected official serving on the school board that makes decisions that affect his own high school. Shiva, 18, won a seat on the school board by defeating the incumbent … Read more

PAC leaders elected unopposed, but some members cry foul | The Citizen

Apart from an early bumpy start with some delegates exchanging blows, the Pan Africanist Congress national congress proceeded smoothly, seeing the entire leadership, led by party stalwart and president Mzwanele Nyhontso, re-elected unopposed over the weekend. But some members from the camp of former PAC deputy president Lunga Mantashe expressed dissatisfaction with the congress, saying … Read more