Electoral reform is needed, and now, but will the ANC allow it?
Some see the current system as working against accountability, with MPs beholden to their parties, rather than to the people who elected them
SA adopted its electoral system during the process of making a new constitution in the runup to its transition to democracy in 1994.
The system agreed was proportional representation. This involved parties drawing up lists of representatives that would get seats in legislatures according to the proportion of votes the parties won in the polls. This system was chosen because it was seen as allowing maximum representation of different political opinions and ethnic identities...