Floor crossing

2008-08-04 00:00

Political floor crossing will be a thing of the past once three bills are enacted. The system was introduced in 2001, ostensibly to allow parliamentarians to exercise individual conscience. In fact, it has been used by opportunists to advance their careers, while respect for political institutions has diminished as voters’ choices have been treated with contempt.

The hybrid system in operation at municipal level should be extended to national and provincial elections so that voters have a closer affinity with their representatives. Even better, all South Africans should have the chance to vote directly for their national president.

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