Two-thirds majority unhealthy – Zille

2013-05-06 10:53

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One party taking a two-thirds majority at elections is unhealthy for a constitutional democracy, DA leader Helen Zille has said.

“That is absolutely wrong in a constitutional democracy because it gives a party the right to mess with the Constitution and we think that is entirely unhealthy,” Zille said in an interview broadcast on eNCA today.

Only President Jacob Zuma was calling for the ANC to get a two-thirds majority, she said.

Yesterday, Zuma told volunteers at the Gauteng ANC’s launch of its Moses Kotane volunteer brigades for the 2014 national elections: “We don’t want anything lower than two-thirds majority.”

Zille said in a democracy, the two biggest parties should be “roughly evenly balanced” to keep the government on its toes, knowing it could be voted out of office.

The DA would like to “bring the ANC below 60%”, which it considered healthier, she said.

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