SA wants to choose its president directly, analyst says

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Political analyst Sanusha Naidu said it was becoming clear that people had had enough of the proportional representation (PR) system, as it brought them leaders that were not accountable.

Former president Jacob Zuma is always cited as the worst case of the PR system, as he was not directly elected by the people. Zuma was more a project of a disgruntled faction of the ANC’s national executive committee elected at Polokwane in 2007 that was opposed to then president Thabo Mbeki rather than a popular choice of the party membership and the citizenry.

Under the PR system, which came into being as a result of the compromises reached during the pre-1994 Kempton Park constitution talks, the electorate vote for a political party which in turn elects a president among its elected representatives.

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