Article by: Areeb Mukaddam
Have you ever wanted to become the President of South Africa but starting your own political party or belonging to one was holding you back?
The Constitutional Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional that you can only become the President of South Africa if you belong to a political party.
The Court has given Parliament 24 months to rectify the Electoral Act to allow independent candidates to participate in National and Provincial elections and to be elected as Members of Parliament or Members of the Provincial Legislature.
As with the local government elections, you will now be able to vote for individuals who are not aligned with a specific political party when you vote again in the National and Provincial elections.
This ruling, in theory, would mean that the President and Premiers could be elected from representatives who do not belong to a political party.