Zuma moots one election for all govt tiers

2011-06-14 20:10

Cape Town - Government is "seriously exploring the need" to have a single election for national, provincial and local government, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"In this way, we will have one financial year, a single public service, a common five-year medium term planning as well as aligned human resource and budgeting frameworks," he told the National Assembly during debate on his budget vote.

The local government turnaround strategy would help restore the confidence of citizens in municipalities.

"They are key institutions through which government will improve the lives of our people.

"Our focus on local government is part of a broader campaign to improve efficiency in government and to build a performance-oriented developmental state," he said.

It was for this reason that the performance monitoring and evaluation and national planning functions were established in the presidency.

Substantial progress had been made by the two ministries.

Last Thursday, the National Planning Commission released its first set of outputs, a diagnostic document analysing the key problems in fighting poverty and inequality.

The report formed the basis for a national dialogue on how to fix the problems raised in the report.

"We call on South Africans from all walks of life and from all organised formations to contribute to the development of a national plan for the country.

"Only with the support and active participation of all South Africans can we work towards a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society."

The performance monitoring and evaluation department had been keeping track of the implementation of the ministerial performance and delivery agreements, including the local government outcome, Zuma said.

  • Stephan Janse van Vuuren - 2011-06-14 20:14

    You have more urgent matters to attend to old Jacob. Wrong focus of the cANCer government as always. - 2011-06-14 21:49

      I smell a rat... A big FAT criminal ANC rat....

      paulf - 2011-06-15 05:32

      I smell a big fat rat as well. If this happens then the ANC will control all, we can not let this happen. There is more to this idea than what we think. ANC can never be trusted, they hate defeat and will do everything in their power to gain control.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-15 07:58

      - One word - Surreptitious. Covert,clandestine, stealthy and underhand also comes to mind. This Anc will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on power - their quest for dictatorship continues relentlessly.

      ratex - 2011-06-15 10:04

      We are already in a dictatorship. The mere fact that the cANCer wants to combine this into one elcetion indicates an extreme fear of losing the municipalities to other parties. This proposal of theirs is to ensure that they control everything, real democracy at work. So their unfounded logic is , we want it all so that we can f8ck it all up at the same time. Just today, Blomeforntein delcared their municipality bankrupt? WTF? To top it off, the idiots who ran Bloem into bankrupcy are on "extendedleave" pending a hearing, and are still being paid" WTF X 2. The cANCer will not be happy until they have completely decimated and ruined the entire SA, only then will they be happy. Don't forget, all these problems are because of the white man or aprtheid or some other soft c8ck excuse, none of them are as a result of the cANCer being in charge. It is easy to blame, it aint so easy to solve the problems.

  • Illuminus - 2011-06-14 20:27

    Well of course they have a 'need'. :) Just sucks that their needs and our needs are usually different.

  • Mr_Mind - 2011-06-14 20:40

    Why don't we rather follow the South African Constitution and function government on a tiered structure and not this hierarchic nonsense the very ANC government is practicing. DECENTRALISE GOVERNMENT YOU IDIOTS!!!!! P.S Ironic this idea of an integrated election comes after the ANC's massive loss in support. Funny the IEC didn't propose this, but the ANC presidency!

      Ogre - 2011-06-15 01:29

      As I commented on a previous occasion, when the ANC starts losing the game under their own rules, the rules are changed or the goalposts moved, stolen or sold to the highest bidder. They do not have the ability play a fair game without changing the rules in their favour or stacking the deck.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-06-14 20:42

    Eish, one party, one state, and one African National Circus under one Big Top, lead by one Mr Zuma, challeged by one Mr Malema, to bring about one corrupt, disfunctional and ruined country. Hau, and this is a priority for a bunch of clowns not worrying about poverty, housing, hospitals, crime, education, unemployment etc etc etc. Eish let's just gooi a Big Party to celebrate......... Having one election for all government tiers would NOT help restore my confidence in municipalities. In fact, i think it would do the opposite.

  • sceptic - 2011-06-14 20:45

    "Only with the support and active participation of all South Africans can we work towards a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society." Mr Zuma, Will you please also do away with BEE and AFFIRMATIVE ACTION and treat every SOUTH AFRICAN equal? Democracy means equality, does it not? So stop discriminating ie: black this white that! The majority of South Africans living in this country were born here, Therefore should have equal opportunity!!

  • Dade - 2011-06-14 20:45

    They know they will never will the Western Cape fairly, now they want to take control via this crap... scumbag!

  • Carlos - 2011-06-14 20:50

    This is one way that the anc will also get Western Cape, and wont have the DA show them up, so people wont have a way to measure their inadequacies, single election to determine who wins, then ANC place all their Chomies in all the required places and no one has a say, as Vavi said,.... BANANA Republic here we come. Is there any Friggin hope??

  • eJay - 2011-06-14 21:05

    3 tiered lik we have now is certainly a waste of money, but one governmental level (ie, no municipalities) is dangerous. Leave te citiest to tend to city matters, dump the provincial legislatures (like the way it was pre 1994 if I daresay. )

      eJay - 2011-06-14 21:06

      Wanted to add that the one election ploy is probably because they are getting worried about opposition.

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-06-14 21:13

    Clearly JZ did not like what he saw with the local government elections. He liked the outcome of the past national elections better. Why do I think he would change his point of view again after the next national elections?

  • Erik Saether - 2011-06-14 21:15

    This might need to go to a referendum?

  • Jannie - 2011-06-14 21:21

    Will the provinces be the next to go? One government, one municipality, one BIG f?ckup!

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  • rimmoah - 2011-06-14 21:28

    the Anc are worse than the apartheid government.during apartheid we saw black people begging at robots,now we see blacks,whites coloreds etc all begging at robots

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-15 12:25

      CAIRO, you took rimmoah's comment out of context. He was implying that previously disadvantaged people as well as advantaged people - EVERYONE is now suffering. That means that the ANC is NOT empowering blacks, colored, or ANYONE. See? That makes much more sense, doesn't it? :)

  • tootingdel - 2011-06-14 22:11

    This is dangerous. there needs to be checks and balances in Governing a country and having elections at various times and at differnt levels helps with those checks and balances. Check out the system in virtually every other democracy. Once you have all elections at one time the next step is to say there isn't a need for elections at all - would save costs for the president and his/her elect to make the decisions instead. More frequent elections - say by reelecting a certain percentage of MPs every two years - with MPs and councillors being elected by constituencies where they have responsibility and can be directly reelected or ejected is what should be happening. Also how about directly electing a president not based on party affiliation.

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-06-15 07:31

    They are still trying to get the W/P back into anc hands?!!

  • sainsaudi - 2011-06-15 08:09

    By the time they get around to implementing these proposals in a meaningful way, South Africa might be a uni-racial state, judging by the massive outflow of whites and Indians. While discriminatory laws based on apartheid racial divisions exist, a non-racial state is an impossible goal.And, while the ANC elite continue to enrich themselves through looting the public purse, this country will not become prosperous. What's needed is not a centrally controlled state machine that controls from afar. The country had that for 40 years of National Party rule. What is needed is an open opportunity society that that operates democratically from grassroots level up.These proposals are pure Soviet/Marxist/Leninist central planning and ultimately, the setting up of a one-party, Communist state.This is part of a process of scrapping The Constitution and replacing it with one that is more acceptable to the present ANC. As with the Soviet Union, it will take 70 years to unravel from this mess and 20 million plus deaths and murders in the course of trying to implement this communist state.

  • angelboy - 2011-06-15 09:13

    Here is food for thought Affirmative Action "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others." London Times

      ShabirS - 2011-06-15 10:54

      @Angryboy South Africa is the only country that the minority owns majority of the economy

      Pfffft - 2011-06-15 11:23

      Just shows you how useless the RULING majority is hey ShabirS? They have not performed at all in the last 20 years in spite of BEE etc.

      York Hunt - 2011-06-15 11:46

      @ShabirS. That's rubbish! If you look at statistics, most of the world's wealth is owned by a minority. Your comment has NO substance. Sorry!

  • Badballie - 2011-06-15 11:25

    The only reason for this is it guarantees that the ANC will take all municipalities and have total control over the whole country. The one election agenda is to ensure that the ANC wins irrespective of which party in an area gets the most votes.The ANC can't win the Cape in a fair election so they will take it by way of national majority

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-15 11:34

    The municipal election results recently have certainly scared the ANC it seems! That's why they want to do away with it! Power, power, power. That's all!

  • Other Justin - 2011-06-15 13:04

    'Only with the support and active participation of all South Africans can we work towards a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society.' - Is this Madiba's non-racial society or Malema's? Sort out your little racist bigot of an ANCYL president who is sowing the seeds of a potential bloody revolution in South Africa.........

  • Tania - 2011-06-17 14:03

    Coz this is a very easy formula some people have ... create disturbances, kill people, create chaos ... and when the government takes action to bring the city back to normal ... hello! lets bomb the government now. Read more:

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