Talking Point 10.8.2017 12:55 pm

Lessons from SA: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel

Universally, the rise of political parties alongside the expansion of parliamentary democracy inevitably came at the cost of the independence of individual MPs.

Prior to the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in South Africa’s National Assembly, former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, among others, urged the African National Congress (ANC) MPs to be guided by their conscience, implying that they should break ranks with their party and vote with the opposition.

Lessons from SA: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel
Lessons from SA: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel

Lessons from SA: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel

Universally, the rise of political parties alongside the expansion of parliamentary democracy inevitably came at the cost of the independence of individual MPs.

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