With the Western Cape one of the most contested provinces in the upcoming local government elections, parties big and small have entered the political fray.
Among the smaller parties contesting the elections is the Democratic Independent (DI) party under the leadership of councillor Anwar Adams.
The DI describes itself as a new and alternative party “for the people and founded by the people”, which will provide ethical leadership.
They said their motto is “Yes we will” and speaks to what they will strive to achieve in the various arenas that haven’t been touched on and delivered to the people.
In a statement the DI said: “We aim to address bread and butter issues, such as speeding up the delivery of running water, sanitation and electricity, to stop RDP developments and build dignified, sustainable and affordable homes, to clean up the city, to place street children, men and women in separate rehabilitation centres, to work towards banning unemployment, to have zero tolerance on crime, to ensure that no child is deprived of education, to regulate the pricing of consumer goods, to regulate and reducing residential rentals and to adddress racism and religious intolerance.”
Other smaller parties who are contesting the municipal elections are: the Christian Democratic Party, the Coloured Voice, the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa, the Independent Sport Party, the Khoisan Kingdom and All People Party, the Khoisan Revolution Party, the National Party South Africa, the National People’s Party, the Patriotic Alliance, the People’s Democratic Movement, the Sizwe Ummah Nation party, the South Africa People’s Party, the South African People for Equality party, The Greens party, the Ubuntu Party, the African People’s Convention, the Cape Party, which has been in existence since 2007 and which is calling for voters to support its call to exit from the Republic of South Africa.
“While the jury might still be out on the long-term effects of BREXIT (Britain’s exit form the European Union), the positive implications and effects of the Western Cape seceding from the greater South Africa are indisputable, hence our CAPEXIT strategy for this coming local election.
“While we do not expect to win, we are looking to raise a minimum of 5 000 votes to be able to have a voice in the running of the Cape, and add a new dimension to the discussions affecting those of us living here in the Cape Nation,” said Jack Miller, founder and lead representative of the Cape Party.