NNM’s purpose is to facilitate the transfer full democratic power and authority to govern, to, and locate it in, the people of South Africa. With a united voice as concerned citizens, we are calling for the establishment of an ethical, inclusive, accountable, government, and a people driven governance system in South Africa. This is for the purpose of transforming all spheres of the nation, including governance, justice, integrity, equity, healing, and restoration of the South African dream.
In a true democracy the freedom of the individual, the values of the collective, and the right to participate in governance of the nation are protected – a healthy balance. The purpose of NNM is to inspire and rejuvenate the courage to restore the nation back to MORALITY AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE.
- We are calling for a constitution based on absolute ethical values,
- We are calling for a constituency based electoral system that will enable citizens to choose their parliamentary leaders directly from within communities,
- We are calling for a governance system that enables us as ordinary citizens to make effective input to decisions that affect the nation’s well-being.
LIMITATIONS TO THE CURRENT POLITICAL SYSTEM. WHY THE NEED FOR CHANGE?
Regrettably, the current political system in South Africa is NOT TRUE DEMOCRACY. In order to achieve true democracy, power to govern must rest in the people, and by delegation through their freely chosen representatives and not through political parties, as is the case in present day South Africa.
Change is needed;
1. Firstly, because citizens actually have no say in decisions that affect them.
2. Secondly, we, the people, cannot choose leaders we consider credible. The majority population are forced to live with whomever political parties choose for them, and the decisions they make on their behalf. There is also no way the people can hold such leaders accountable.
This must change. That is exactly why this peoples movement is needed – not just for the sake of change, but to bring real solutions to leadership issues and implementation troubles.
NNM’S PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM
NNM proposes a constituency-based election system, which was recommended by the Van Zyl Slabbert Commission in 2003, but which was never implemented. This is a system in which communities, through structures and Assemblies, elect leaders to represent them in legislative bodies, who are independent of political party control but directly accountable to the people who elected them. This is a shift from the current system in which political parties alone are represented in parliament. This allows for the election of ethical and credible leaders who are approved by the people and are accountable to their communities. This would create a more just and participative democracy in South Africa. United We Stand
NNM’S PROPOSED CHANGE TO SOUTH AFRICA’S GOVERNANCE SYSTEM
People’s direct participation. NNM proposes a system that organises communities in a manner that enables ordinary citizens to participate in the governance of both their communities and the country. The people’s voice will be heard up to the highest levels in Parliament.
The system will operate through existing societal structures, as well as through the local Peoples Assemblies and Councils that elect leaders (as part of the movement).
Through these, all South Africans are able to make inputs to national policy. A culture of nation-building is thus firmly developed throughout the nation.
The Movement becomes a way for the people to jointly express their views, opinions and convictions about matters of social and national concern.
Polls will be conducted and data collected regarding how people (especially members of the Movement) feel about important matters. This will be put together and presented to Parliament and platforms of national influence, including government structures.
This civil movement, contributes to building a participative democracy and an inclusive government. Based on the shared values, the Movement will ensure that the people’s voice is heard in a peaceful, orderly manner.
Appropriate mechanisms will be implemented to ensure that those in authority act upon the views expressed by the people.
NNM’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CURRENT CONSTITUTION
Whilst the SA Constitution is good in many respects, there are elements of it that allow corruptive practices to flourish because they are too open-ended, and/or too broad. NNM proposes a revision of the Constitution, to allow for ethical, righteous, just, and equitable values, which are shared by the people, to be enshrined as cornerstones of our society. In a true democracy, the Constitution must reflect the will of the people.