ANC vets call for direct MP elections will not get rid of vote-buying - analyst

The ANC stalwarts and Veterans proposal for the ANC to adopt direct, constituency-based national and provincial elections.

The aim is to clear up the rot

This call for a proposed electoral reform would be a significant shift in South African politics.

This does not only effect the ANC. No party allows for direct election of MPs by the voters.

Nompumelelo Runji, policy analyst and researcher, talks to Redi Tlhabi about this bold proposal.

Runji says this will create a stronger link between the electorate on the ground and those Members of Parliament who represent them.

The MPs will then need to be a lot more accountable to the constituency rather than just the party.

The other big shift is the proposal to give back power to the ANC branches which she believes is a good thing for the party.

It will give the public a greater understanding of how the processes work within the party.

Nompumelelo Runji, policy analyst and researcher

But she says, it will not eradicate vote-buying. It won't get rid of people who caucus in the dark for candidates.

That has to do with the value system and culture of the party.

Nompumelelo Runji, policy analyst and researcher

The party is still dominated by factions and divisions she emphasises.

Listen to Nompumelelo Runji's analysis below:


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