De Klerk: Current electoral system is flawed

De Klerk had been answering a question at the Cape Town Press Club earlier today.

Former South African president FW de Klerk. Picture: FW de Klerk Foundation Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Former president FW De Klerk says the current electoral system is flawed and needs to be revisited.

De Klerk had been answering a question at the Cape Town Press Club earlier today.

He says recommendations by the Electoral Task Team that was headed by the late Frederik van Zyl Slabbert have been ignored by the ruling party.

The team had been exploring how the current electoral system, which is a proportional representation system, can be changed to one that gives citizens the ability to vote for individuals to be Members of Parliament.

"There was an understanding between all the parties that this should not have been the final answer. That for the first 1994 election, it would be easier for people who were not used to a democratic vote, not to make it too complicated."

De Klerk says the team's recommendation to have a proportional and geographical electoral system had been wrongfully shelved by the African National Congress (ANC).

"I support the idea of a combination of the two systems. We have a sound proposal on the table, which can be the basis for a debate in that regard. I think it's time that we revise this issue."