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Brian (May 10, 2014, 08:30:57 AM):
With all this talk about democracy, we need to define what we mean by it. The uSA system of democracy is very different from ours. Our proportional representative system is iniquitous in my view. It means that every party that garners sufficient votes nominates its own reps...regardless of competence, criminal record, literacy, etc etc. No accountability is built in either as we have no clue who actually represents our particular constituency (area/ward/interest group etc). No feedback is given to those who voted so-and-so in and you are stuck with the list compiled in some dark smoke filled rooms.
Democracy is broadly defines as:a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Ours are not elected by us except in a roundabout/armslength manner.
If we were to move back to a ward based system, party reps would be held accountable, be recognisable and have local roots in most instances. They then win/lose an election on their own merits (not always so strong) linked to party policies etc. This would IMHO also mean that they work for the betterment of their constituencies and when a by-election becomes necessary, a new face is possibly nominated and needs to stand up to be measured.
Tweefo (May 10, 2014, 15:20:48 PM):
With all this talk about democracy, we need to define what we mean by it. The uSA system of democracy is very different from ours. Our proportional representative system is iniquitous in my view. It means that every party that garners sufficient votes nominates its own reps...regardless of competence, criminal record, literacy, etc etc. No accountability is built in either as we have no clue who actually represents our particular constituency (area/ward/interest group etc). No feedback is given to those who voted so-and-so in and you are stuck with the list compiled in some dark smoke filled rooms.
Democracy is broadly defines as:a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Ours are not elected by us except in a roundabout/armslength manner.
If we were to move back to a ward based system, party reps would be held accountable, be recognisable and have local roots in most instances. They then win/lose an election on their own merits (not always so strong) linked to party policies etc. This would IMHO also mean that they work for the betterment of their constituencies and when a by-election becomes necessary, a new face is possibly nominated and needs to stand up to be measured.
So what you are saying is that it is still a minority ruled government. :P
Brian (May 10, 2014, 17:27:48 PM):
HUH!
cr1t (May 12, 2014, 08:40:56 AM):
If we were to move back to a ward based system, party reps would be held accountable, be recognisable and have local roots in most instances.

We do have a ward based system, which we vote for in two years time again.
If you in Cape town you can check who your ward councilor here https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/councilonline/Pages/ViewCouncillors.aspx?FirstSurnameInRange=A&LastSurnameInRange=A.

And yes 2 your second part take the time and hold your rep. accountable.
Mefiante (May 13, 2014, 10:46:57 AM):
A drop in representation from 64.76% in 2009 to 54.92% in 2014 means a relative drop in the ANC’s Gauteng support base of 15.19%, or nearly one in six supporters defecting.



Still, there are some who deny any connection to e-tolling…

'Luthon64

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