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The Future of South Africa’s Constituency System

Rietvleidam, 5 July 2000

As a result of recent calls by politicians, civil society and the media for changes to South Africa’s constituency system for public representatives, the Khululekani Institute for Democracy – in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation – held a conference entitled The Future of South Africa’s Constituency System at Rietvleidam on 5 July 2000. The aim of the conference was to assess and evaluate the effectiveness and future of South Africa’s electoral system, as well as to discuss and propose ways of strengthening the linkages between public representatives and citizens.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Mr Vusi Sibiya, Gauteng Office Manager, Khululekani Institute for Democracy

Opening Remarks

Dr. Michael Lange, Resident Representative, Konrad Adenauer Foundation – Johannesburg

Welcoming Remarks

Mr Campbell Lyons, Executive Director, Khululekani Institute for Democracy

The Future of the Constituency System for Elected Representatives in South Africa

Fr Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, MP; Deputy Minister of Education; Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Khululekani Institute for Democracy

Do Constituency Systems (Partial or Full) Necessarily Entail Greater Accountability by Elected Public Representatives Towards Citizens?

Mr Carl Werth, Democratic Party National Council

Proportional Systems of Representation: Reflections on the South African Experience

Prof. Sipho Seepe, Vista University

The Implications of Current and Potential Future Electoral Options for Political Diversity and Broad Political Representation in Our Democratic Institutions

  • Prof. Tom Lodge, Head of the Department, Political Studies, Wits University
  • Prof. Yolanda Sadie, Department of Political Studies, Rand Afrikaans University
THE IFP PERSPECTIVE

  • Ms Sybil Seaton, MP, Inkatha Freedom Party
THE NNP PERSPECTIVE

  • Mr Francois Beukman, MP, New National Party
The Implications of Current and Potential Future Electoral Options for Gender Representivity in Our Democratic Institutions

  • Prof. Amanda Gouws, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University
  • Ms Mihloti Mathye, Gender Commission
THE NNP PERSPECTIVE

  • Ms Juli Kilian, New National Party Whip, Gauteng Legislature
The Role and Function of Constituencies

THE ANC PERSPECTIVE

  • Mr Hope Papo, MPL, African National Congress
THE AZAPO PERSPECTIVE

  • Mr Nkutsoeu Motsau, Azanian People's Organisation
THE ACDP PERSPECTIVE

  • Mr Louis Green, MP, African Christian Democratic Party
THE UCDP PERSPECTIVE

  • Mr Isaac Mfundisi, MPL, United Christian Democratic Party