Voting stations are set up during the Tuesday's motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town. Picture: REUTERS
Voting stations are set up during the Tuesday's motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town. Picture: REUTERS

The abolition of the tried and trusted models of ministerial responsibility and of voting directly for your own MP in your constituency (rather than voting for a party), coupled with the policy of cadre deployment, have created a monster. A monster that is unsure where its loyalties lie.

The clamour about a secret versus open ballot in Parliament dramatically illustrates the dilemma caused by tinkering with the checks and balances built into the procedures of the older democracies. The bottom line is that MPs represent the electorate and must vote for what they believe to be in the electorate’s best interests. Let the people govern.

Geoff MansellParkwood

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