ConCourt Nkandla ruling and South Africa's electoral system

Policy analyst Nompumelelo Runji says that the African National Congress (ANC) has to sit together and decide what action it will take, after Thursday's Constitutional Court ruling that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution when he ignored the Public Protector's Nkandla Report.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Runji described the impact of the ConCourt ruling on the ANC and on the country's electoral system.

Runji says that a current challenge in South Africa's electoral system is that Members of Parliament (MPs) are more accountable to political parties than their constituencies - people who cast votes. She calls for a system which finds a balance in political accountability and recourse for voters.

Listen below to the full conversation on #NightTalk

There is no such thing as the best electoral system in the world

Nompumelelo Runji

If we have a political party that puts into power a person who doesn't represent the values enshrined in the Constitution and the best interests of the country, there is no recourse for ordinary voters

Nompumelelo Runji

Is it in our best interest to be giving so much power to political parties

Nompumelelo Runji

This article first appeared on 702 : ConCourt Nkandla ruling and South Africa's electoral system


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