Constitutional Reform

The South African parliamentary model is loosely patterned after the Westminster Model with an elected legislature and a second house intended to moderate the acts of the legislature (in UK a House of Lords and in SA a House of Provinces)

The Westminster model has largely been regarded with some respect and has been more or less emulated around the world.  Ok this is probably because Britain was a prolific colonizer and left its stamp on many aspects of the life and politics of its former colonies.  But the Westminster model is under scrutiny, indeed perhaps even under attack, particularly from those who want devolution from a centrist authority.  The most recent attack on Westminster itself came from the Scottish referendum of September 18 2014 on the issue of Scottish independence from Britain, but was defeated by a 10% margin (45% for and 55% against secession).  

None the less, the vote has sparked a great deal of debate about the Westminster style of government.  The sentiment for a greater and closer say in the process of government is developing a groundswell in Britain and elsewhere in the world.  A recent manifestation of this groundswell comes from a group of the world’s mayors, who are pushing for a parliament of mayors.  See Will mayors one day rule the world?

The Direct Democracy Forum might support such a move provided the mayors were directly elected but wonder if mayors would then have the time to also act as members of a national or international legislative body and how would that work?

The idea is interesting but DDF believe that any parliamentary model that does not include elements of direct democracy in it would basically usurp the rights recognized by the DDF, for a population to approve all laws and regulations by which it is governed.  

This is the core of the DDF‘s Senate model, that a legislature can be appointed in any manner provided it is directly answerable either to the electorate as a whole, by referendum, or to a senate representing that electorate, such as suggested in the DDF‘s proposal for a Senate.

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Gangsterism in South Africa

It seems there are no bounds to the extremes criminals will go to in order to fleece the vulnerable , those who work to earn an honest living, and you and I, the taxpayers, who have to fund criminals’ illegal activities.

But we don’t fund their activities!  Do I hear you protest?

Have a look at this signal example of how crime and nepotism hits the pockets of every South African in the country.

The Direct Democracy Forum have asserted elsewhere on this web-site that the DDF  will not tolerate crime, that the DDF will shift the cost of crime to the criminal, to such an extent, that no one will indulge in crime of any sort, for fear of the consequences.  Crime will simply be too expensive for the criminal to indulge in.

But to do that, to impose draconian punishment on criminals, the DDF have to make crime an unnecessary  activity for survival and ensure that our criminal justice system is beyond reproach so that convictions are justly and truly arrived at and the innocent are not even unjustly accused, let alone convicted, and that activities such as but not limited to administrative infractions of the law are not classified as criminal and that the law is not used to further the interests of influential and unscrupulous individuals.  So the DDF have a long way to go because none of those conditions exist in South Africa at the present time.   See DDF policies on the Judiciary, Social Services, Education, Job Creation and Local Government for examples of DDF policies which will impact on this topic.

The buck stops at the ballot box.