Written by: Errol Naidoo
Article source: familypolicyinstitute.com

The Electoral Amendment process offers voters the most compelling prospect for meaningful political change in South Africa since 1994. Most citizens acknowledge the country has deteriorated at an alarming rate in almost every sector of society under ANC misrule.

In June 2020, the Constitutional Court ruled the “Electoral Act” unconstitutional because it precludes independent candidates from contesting the provincial and national elections alongside political parties. It instructed Parliament to correct the defect within 24 months.

South Africa desperately needs major electoral reforms to provide voters a real chance of breaking free from the rampant corruption, gross incompetence and corrosive maladministration that characterizes ANC governance. Unsurprisingly, the ANC is manipulating the democratic process in a desperate attempt to cling to power.

The governing party is pushing a Bill with minimalist changes to the “Electoral Act.” The constitutionally mandated public participation process was launched on 7 March in certain regions across the country – shockingly, with little or no notification in the public domain.

The fundamentally flawed public hearings are limited to the minority view of the Home Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC). The majority view of the MAC and other legislative proposals like Mosiuoa Lekota’s private-members Bill are deliberately undermined.

Media reports indicate, apart from the strange selection of venues, predominantly ANC members attended the public hearings – with prepared scripts – to endorse the party’s legislative option without knowing what it proposes or its implications for the elections.

The ANC’s manipulation of the public participation process has alarmed civil-society groups across the country. The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (CASAC), the New Nation Movement – who challenged the “Electoral Act” at the ConCourt – and the SA Council of Churches sent a letter to Home Affairs Portfolio Committee chairperson, Mosa Chabane to “urgently review the hearings to ensure compliance with the constitution.” 

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I interviewed Dr. Michael Louis of the Independent Candidate Association (ICA) who is equally alarmed at the governing party’s response to the ConCourt judgment. He believes the ANC’s Electoral Amendment option makes it more difficult for independent candidates to contest the General Elections and more difficult for voters to elect them to office.

My interviews – discussing the Electoral Amendment process with Michael Louis and Mmusi Maimane – will be broadcast on “Salt & Light” on TBN on Monday 21 March at 6:30pm.

The fact that the ANC is doing its best to undermine the Electoral Amendment democratic process – underscores the potential threat it poses to its political dominance in SA.

Essentially, South Africa requires major electoral reforms to revive its ailing democracy. Most voters believe voting is pointless. It brings little change. Only 17,6 million eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2021 Municipal Elections while 19,7 million abstained.

The ANC demands minor electoral reforms to mitigate the risk of losing political power. But more importantly, to ensure the continuence of the shameless looting of state coffers.

Every responsible citizen must speak up now to boost the country’s chance for renewal. You and I cannot stand by idly while the ANC robs citizens of their hope for real change.

Please urgently write to Home Affairs Portfolio Committee chairperson, Mosa Chabane at Chabane.mosa@gmail.com and respectfully request he guarantees the “Electoral Amendment” public participation process complies with constitutional responsibilities.

Please also request that citizens are truthfully informed about all the legislative options available and provided a reasonable opportunity to make oral or written submissions. In addition, you can request the details of the venues for the public hearings in your region.

Copy Committee secretary, Eddie Mathonsi in your email: emathonsi@parliament.gov.za

If responsible citizens remain silent the ANC will succeed in sabotaging this critical process. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (people) to do nothing.”

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Date published: 15/03/2022

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