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'Revised electoral system might help root-out corrupt leaders'

ANC veteran Ronnie Kasrils has become a vocal critic of President Zuma of late & believes he should step down.

ANC stalwart Ronnie Kasrils at Stellenbosch University, discussing 'SA into the Future'. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former cabinet minister and African National Congress (ANC) veteran Ronnie Kasrils says a revised electoral system might help root out corrupt leaders in the future.

Kasrils has become a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma of late and believes he should step down over the Nkandla debacle.

Speaking at an event at Stellenbosch University, Kasrils echoed a call made by former President FW de Klerk, to change the current electoral system.

Kasrils says he's not the only one calling for the current electoral system to change.

"The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has come out strongly on this. The Coalition Against Corruption should have a constituency system."

South Africa currently has an electoral system based proportional representation, which means voting support correlates with parliamentary seats.

Kasrils says constituency-based elections would be more democratic because voters would be able to choose a party and individual leaders.

In 2002, former President Thabo Mbeki appointed an electoral task team which recommended a mixed system, but it was not implemented.