Tito Mboweni, the former finance minister, set tongues wagging when he resorted to Twitter to urge for a constitutional change.
The job of the prime minister, who would serve alongside the president, was one of the changes he proposed. He believes that these reforms can be achieved by bringing political parties together and debating what the nation needs.
‚ÄúWe really and truly require a multiparty conversation and agreement on changing our constitution. Why? We need president and prime minister roles to be enshrined in the constitution,‚ÄĚ he wrote.
Those who disagreed with him were advised to ‚Äúthink.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt howl.‚ÄĚ Under apartheid, South Africa had a prime minister‚Äôs office, but it was abolished in constitutional change in 1984, and the function of the president was effectively merged. The prime minister was the country‚Äôs most powerful politician.
Mboweni‚Äôs followers weighed in on the idea, with some calling for a president who put the country ahead of his party, and others saying they have enough political headaches as it is.
We need laws where the president puts the country above his party. Cause we are in this situation cause the ANC choose to protect the few at the expense of the most vulnerable in society
‚ÄĒ SirboringūüáŅūüá¶ūüáŅūüá¶ūüáŅūüá¶ (@sirboring_26) September 20, 2021
Nope we already have problems with one President you want to add another one. Find a cooking programme Tito
‚ÄĒ Musa (@musa3296) September 20, 2021
hayi bo, you wanna strain the fiscus by creating more jobs in the executiveūüíĀ
‚ÄĒ Colonel Von Strohm (@JohnMoyo) September 20, 2021
‚Äď no Ministers appointed from MPs. Like President, once appointed you lose seat as MP and executive is FULLY separated from Legislature
‚Äď no Deputy Ministers
‚Äď no provincial govts just admins
‚Äď no district municipalities just coordinating councils
‚ÄĒ Mmitsi ‚úćÔłŹ (@GrandmasterE2) September 20, 2021
Um no. I disagree completely. We have the most sophisticated constitution globally. Our problem is implementing it. We‚Äôre good at talking but lack follow through and implementing anything.
‚ÄĒ Jane Fernandes (@TrrJane) September 20, 2021
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