The Constitutional Court handed independents a partial victory on Monday when it ruled that candidates only need 1,000 signatures or 15% of the people living in the region they are contesting to be eligible to run in the elections.

In a majority judgment, justice Jody Kollapen cautioned that the gains made in the Electoral Amendment Act, which for the first time allows independent candidates to contest elections, would be “hollow” if parliament put up barriers such as the quota system...

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