Our electoral system needs reviewing
AS it stands, all citizens over the age of 18 years have the vote in determining who holds power in South Africa.
Thus, the vote of an unemployed person, who pays no tax and is a beneficiary of state welfare, has the same value as a person whose taxes the government depends upon to fund welfare and to run the country.
In South Africa, a minority of taxpayers, fewer than 10 million, funds a growing majority of non-taxpayers — more than 17 million. Obviously such a situation is not sustainable in the long term. Nonetheless, that vast number of welfare-dependent voters is exploited by communists and socialists in the ANC to remain in power. The growth in unemployment from three million in 1994 to over nine million is proof of the failure of socialism to alleviate poverty.
Thus, we need an electoral system which will promote better governance by strengthening the role of stakeholders in the economy of the country.
In such a system everyone would have a single vote irrespective of their status. Additional votes would accrue to taxpayers based on the extent of their contribution to the SA Revenue Service.
That would promote transparency and accountability in revenue collection and ensure that those with actual stakes in the economy had a greater and fairer measure of influence in policy making.