Ramaphosa’s electoral reform headache as December deadline looms

by Michael Appel Opposition to the electoral amendment bill, in its current form, continues to grow, with Ramaphosa under increasing pressure to act before the 10 December deadline. In June 2020, the Constitutional Court ordered Parliament to make the necessary legislative changes to the existing electoral law, which makes it impossible for an independent candidate to […]

OPINION | The ‘Kairos’ moment: Our last chance for electoral reform

By Michael Louis Michael Louis calls on civil society and the public to make submissions on the electoral amendment bill, writing that we must collaborate and stand firm to make the best of this opportunity that will not come around again in this generation. When I – along with many others – began the legal […]

OPINION | Michael Louis: Stop playing Russian roulette with our right to vote

by Michael Louis It is not by chance that currently more than 77 civil organisations, including religious, business and trade unions, are unsettled, and the objection to the current draft Electoral Amendment bill, passed by the standing committee last week, is gaining momentum, writes Michael Louis. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is playing Russian roulette […]

Approval of Electoral Amendment Bill is yet another constitutional crisis in the making

By Michael Louis Civil society has been given no other option than to rely on the courts and civil mobilisation to realise its constitutional rights and reform this electoral system. Wednesday 12 October 2022 marked a Kairos day in 28 years of democracy when Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs approved the Electoral Amendment Bill to […]

DA, EFF objects as Parliament edges closer to finalising Electoral Amendment Bill

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs is now expected to adopt the report before referring it to the National Assembly. By Molefe Seeletsa Parliament has resolved outstanding issues regarding the Electoral Amendment Bill and is gearing itself up to approve the legislation. The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs met on Friday to discuss outstanding issues and […]

Time to talk bluntly about Parliament’s blatant Stalingrad tactics on electoral reform

By Michael Louis Dr Michael Louis is the Chairperson of the One South Africa Movement (OSA). _____________________________________________________________________________ Over the past decade and more, we’ve heard much reference to the concept of “Stalingrad” legal strategy — particularly in reference to the likes of former president Jacob Zuma and embattled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. It is a long-term […]

Electoral bill remains ‘unconstitutional’ – Independent Candidate Association

(Watch the Video Interview) How many people wasted their votes at the last local government elections in 2021? Dr Michael Louis chats to Michael from BizNews in a wide-ranging interview where Michael Louis explains the genesis of the June 2020 concourt ruling on how the bill of rights which gives the individual the right to […]