The ruling denies people the right to vote for party they choose says analyst

Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Professor Steven Friedman, says the Electoral Court ruling was extreme.

The court ruled to disqualify the National Freedom Party (NFP) from participating in the upcoming local government elections. Friedman says this ruling denies people a right to vote for the party of their choice.

The country’s fifth-biggest political party failed to pay the required fees on time and so have been barred from participating.

The NFP has been out of action for more than a year, after its leader, Zanale KaMagwaza Msibi fell ill at the end of 2014. This may have lead to a leadership vacuum which created divisions within the party.

Friedman says the Constitutional Court will have to weigh up the missing of a deadline, against denying hundreds of thousands of people a choice to vote for their party.

The real value here is to make sure that South Africans convert to the party of their choice. There are other forms of punishment. If the party breaks the rules, you can fine them for example,than denying people the right to vote for them.

Professor Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

It seems to me to be pretty extreme to me to go from a situation where there is no punishment at all to the one you exclude a party from elections.

Professor Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

If I was arguing on behalf of the NFP, I would say if you want to extract the punishment, find some other punishment; fine us or insist that any officials involved can’t participate in the election or any sort of remedy, which will make the party pay the price for breaking the rules.

Professor Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

Listen to the full interview below...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
10 business tips to boost you through a tough economy

10 business tips to boost you through a tough economy

Business growth specialist, Pavlo Phitidi tracks down previously profiled businesses and advises them on their next level growth.

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

President Zuma went 'off script' on Friday when he castigated his detractors saying many denied being on the 101 stalwarts list.

Explore the magic of Madeira at the Caravela Portuguese Festival

Explore the magic of Madeira at the Caravela Portuguese Festival

This weekend, all roads lead to the magical Madeira Day festivities at Montecasino.

Mr. Tlhabi bids Mrs Tlhabi farewell on her last radio show #FarewellRedi

Mr. Tlhabi bids Mrs Tlhabi farewell on her last radio show #FarewellRedi

Brian Tlhabi says his wife, Redi Tlhabi makes him super happy and continues to wish her the best with her future endeavours.

Electoral Court will rule after NFP disqualified for late IEC fees

Electoral Court will rule after NFP disqualified for late IEC fees

The IEC election registration fee was paid late because the party's national treasurer had confused deadline dates.

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Refentse Morake continues breaking cultural barriers through his music

[WATCH] Refentse Morake continues breaking cultural barriers through his music

The singer who says he's 'on the border of being Afrikaans and being African' joined Azania Mosaka for this week's #702Unplugged.

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a debate on whether or not American actor Jussie Smollet faked his own attack.

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[LISTEN] Wife of Vele Investments' Madzonga flatly denies VBS involvement

[LISTEN] Wife of Vele Investments' Madzonga flatly denies VBS involvement

Vele Investments CEO Robert Madzonga's estranged wife Khosi shares her side of the story on the VBS saga.

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Ian Moir, CEO at Woolworths.

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stephen van Coller, CEO at EOH Holdings.

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adrian Gore, founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Limited.