The ANC says that the proposed bill is aimed at dislodging and weakening the majority party (SABC)
The African National Congress (ANC) says the proposed Electoral Reform Bill by the Democratic Alliance (DA) does not guarantee improved accountability.
This after the official opposition submitted a private members Bill at a media briefing earlier today aimed at reforming the electoral system ahead of next year's general elections.
The DA's Electoral Reform Bill seeks to amend the Electoral Act in order to make Members of Parliament directly accountable to the people they represent.
The ANC's caucus spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, says the DA does not have a constituency programme as required by Parliament.
"We know very well that the agenda behind this change of electoral system is to dislodge and weaken the majority party in Parliament. We have seen that happening a few years ago where the opposition parties campaigned furiously for the introduction of the floor crossing legislation and agenda there was to dislodge and weaken the ANC," says Mothapo.
He says that when the opposition parties realised that that legislation served the ANC better, they made a radical U-turn to say that it must be reversed. "We do not want our society to engage in endless debates," added Mothapo.