The Economist (following many others) has pointed out one of the key problems with South Africa’s current electoral system:

One of the parliament’s worst features is its party-list method of choosing members, who are thus entirely in thrall to ANC bosses rather than to the voters: a constituency-based system would make them more accountable.

My Vote Counts shares this critique of the part-list system. But we don’t believe a pure constituency system is the answer either. We are advocating for an open list mixed member proportional constituency system, along the lines advocated by our own 2002 Electoral Task Team, similar to the systems used in Germany and New Zealand.

Sad South Africa: Cry, the beloved country | The Economist.