- The People's Dialogue leader Herman Mashaba has released his report on his engagements with South Africans
- The former Johannesburg mayor has been in widespread consultations with the people
- The aim had been to identify what changes need to be implemented in the country with an eye towards forming a political party
The People's Dialogue founder Herman Mashaba has released his report following months of consultations with thousands of citizens.
Mashaba has called for electoral reform as well as for politicians to answer to constituents instead of their political parties.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba had started The People's Dialogue shortly after his decision to resign as the mayor of Johannesburg and as a member of the Democratic Alliance.
The campaign had consisted of 2.4 million engagements and 125 000 submissions. Participants expressed the need for an overhaul of the political system in South Africa.
"Participants believe that the current electoral system does not provide the level of democratic accountability that is required for the country. Political office holders are not directly accountable to their constituents, but rather to their political parties and often to a small group of political elites."
The report accuses the ANC of maintaining corrupt and under-performing officials, with a lack of accountability.
"The party is in control of most of the state mechanisms of accountability and oversight, so there is very little genuine oversight."
Communities were asked for input on the economy, with a number of participants signalling they would prefer a market-based economy with limited interference from politicians.
"In essence, the government should limit interference in economic issues to the prevention of exploitation."
Participants also found that the government's approach to the economy is over-regulated and needlessly bureaucratic.
Mashaba highlighted that the report had provided a powerful platform to help build a successful alternative.
"As we begin to work in developing policies, and a solutions blueprint to South Africa's biggest challenges and opportunities, we will now begin a process of engaging subject experts in the respective fields."
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