Zille's two-party idea deserves fair consideration
The Times Editorial: Helen Zille yesterday called for the formation of a new political party that would be able to take on the mighty ANC.
Her reasons are that the current smaller parties in parliament are not making any dents in the armour of the ruling party even when it is facing internal demons.
While Zille's arguments might be regarded as a strategy to swallow smaller parties into her fold, South Africa needs to continue to seek new ways of making the voice of the electorate heard and taken seriously.
The ANC has always argued that its role as a party goes beyond the seats in parliament. It said it needs to realise the national democratic revolution.
While the ANC's objectives are based on removing the damage colonialism and apartheid inflicted on the majority, its strategy should be informed by the realities of the time.
The reality is that the ANC is facing pressure from the ground and service-delivery protests are a sign that the majority is losing hope.
What has also been a challenge for the ANC and its national democratic revolution doctrine is the distance its leadership at all levels has with those it claims to represent.
The South Africa of today has different needs and the response from the government needs to reflect that.
The current electoral system that empowers the majority political party to choose who becomes president is proving difficult to defend.
Those elected to serve us are more loyal to their party bosses. The voter and the taxpayer always take the back seat soon after the elections.
The two-party system as proposed by Zille might be the push the ANC and the country needs. The threat of losing the reins and the power of the voter might be the medicine South Africa needs.
Change is painful but it is needed if we are to progress as a country.