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Ramphela questions proportional representation

Citizens need to be more active in South Africa's political process, CASAC says.

South Africa's Constitutional Court. Picture: EWN
Mamphela Ramphele,CASAC,Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution,National Planning Commission
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – Our current system of proportional representation is unsustainable because politicians are not accountable, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) said on Wednesday.

The council released its recommendations to the National Planning Commission (NPC).

CASAC’s Dr Mamphela Ramphele said South Africa’s current system does not work.

“My vote is devalued to the extent that I cannot decide who I am voting for, in what position and how that is matched to their capabilities.”

Ramphele said this led to citizens becoming spectators of the political process.

She said citizens need to be more active.

Proportional representation is a voting system where the number of votes a party receives directly translates into the support they enjoy in the National Assembly.

The system places emphasis on a political party’s ideology and public representatives are directly appointed by party structures.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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