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Save SA campaign wants electoral system reviewed

The campaign's Sipho Pityana says the current electoral system shuts out the majority of South Africans.

FILE: Save SA supporters sing and dance during their march through Pretoria. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Save South Africa campaign has made a call on lawmakers to reconsider the fairness of the electoral system.

Weighing in on the presidential succession debate, the campaign's Sipho Pityana says the current electoral system shuts out the majority of South Africans from having a say on who should represent them.

Pityana on Thursday told the Cape Town Press Club it's not only the ruling party that should be challenged for the way in which its leaders are elected.

Pityana says South Africa needs to debate its electoral system and the debate should not happen behind closed doors.

He says the supporters of political parties outnumber official members who are the ones who decide on party leadership.

“The mode and the system for election is outdated, not transparent and not consistent with democratic engagement.”

Former African National Congress Member of Parliament and state capture whistle-blower Vytjie Mentor has taken the call one step further.

“I think we need to say it openly, we need a new electoral system. This system is no longer working.”

The Save SA campaign says electing a Jacob Zuma acolyte to succeed him as president would be a disservice to South Africans.

LISTEN: Sipho Pityana’s rise in SA’s political arena

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)