MANYI SHOULD TACKLE COUNTRY’S ILLS INSTEAD OF BEING PREPOSTEROUS
According to Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi, South Africa must abandon its constitution and embrace a majoritarian parliamentary system to address the socio-economic challenges it faces.
These comments were made by Jimmy Manyi, who is notorious for declaring there were too many coloureds in the Western Cape and must therefore seek jobs in other provinces, at a meeting of the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF), following its national executive committee meeting in KwaZulu-Natal, last week (The Mercury, January 25).
He further asserted the concept of a constitutional democracy was the ploy of the Broederbond designed to ensure that government’s intervention was limited in addressing the country’s structural challenges.
Although Manyi does not explain what exactly a majoritarian parliamentary democracy entails, it can be presumed he means a system in which Parliament is sovereign and as a result the majority party, which would be the ANC, would use its majority to govern and legislate without the constraints of a rigid constitution and an enforceable Bill of Rights.
Such a radical change would amount to a return to the kind of constitution that prevailed under apartheid and white minority rule, with the exception that there would be adult universal franchise. It would be more or less what prevails in the UK’s Westminster model of government.
It is highly ironical that ANC politicians accuse the DA of desiring to reintroduce apartheid and now a very vocal and prominent ANC spokesperson is advocating the country should return to an apartheid-like constitution.
The growth of minority parties has enhanced the multiparty nature of our democracy with the emergence of coalition governments in Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Joburg. This is a beneficial development that should lead to improved service delivery, greater transparency, accountability and less corruption. Manyi should address these issues instead of his preposterous suggestion to return to an apartheid-era system.