Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, NCOP chair Thandi Modise and President Jacob Zuma — PICTURE: ELMOND JIYANE Mention of the South African constitution is often followed by the statement that it is the best in the world.Perhaps this has obscured the fact that our democratic institutional framework does, like many others in the world, have its flaws.As public protector Thuli Madonsela said during her reaction to the Constitutional Court judgment affirming the powers of her office, the Nkandla scandal is a blessing — because it is making us alive to serious drawbacks in our democratic architecture.Our political system is characterised by a dominant governing party, which has the largest share of electoral support among political parties.It is dominant because it has maintained this electoral lead since the inception of democracy.As a consequence, the ANC is in command across the landscape of institutions, at national, provincial and local levels.Alt...

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