The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for the Study of Democracy has warned that while members are being passed back and forth among parties and paraded as spoils, this tactic may backfire in terms of its impact on the voter.
The director for the centre, Steven Friedman cautions that, "Why make a big deal out of it? I think the danger is that it makes voters cynical about politicians, leaving them [the voter] thinking they [the politicians] are looking out for their own interests."
Friedman’s comment follows the announcement that Congress of the People election manager, Mlungisi Hlongwane, has returned to the African National Congress.
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