26. SELECTION PROCESS: PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES
- The need to deploy ANC cadres with the qualities outlined in Through the eye of a Needle as MPs, MPLs and councilors
- That the confidence in our public representatives is often undermined by their lack of capacity, values and ability to represent the people effectively and to oversee the work of government
- That selection of candidates is often influenced by personal, business and other vested interests, rather than the qualities needed, or the support the person enjoys from the local community
- People who are popular in the ANC rather than the community, often win our nomination process
- Our representatives act as representatives of the people, not only the ANC, and must therefore enjoy good standing in the community
- Ward candidates especially must be upstanding citizens and enjoy broad support before being nominated
- The Electoral commission must revise the selection guidelines to overcome some of the manipulative practices such as parachuting candidates by PECs and RECs, influencing screening committees and packing community meetings.
- The Electoral commission must develop the capacity to screen candidates up to ward level.