New APMO par­ty pops up

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

E­du­ca­ti­on, youth, wo­men’s rig­hts, land ex­pro­pri­a­ti­on and in­di­ge­nous rig­hts are the fo­cus of a brand-new po­li­ti­cal par­ty laun­ched in Au­gust in the Eas­tern Ca­pe.

A small de­le­ga­ti­on of the A­fri­can Pro­gres­si­ve Mo­vement (APMo) paid a vi­sit to Ge­or­ge e­ar­lier t­his week.

Ac­cor­ding to their pre­si­dent, Dr Se­bas­ti­an Pe­ter­sen, t­hey ha­ve re­gis­te­red the par­ty with the In­de­pen­dent E­lec­to­ral Com­mis­si­on in Oc­to­ber and will be ta­king part in the na­ti­o­nal e­lecti­ons next y­e­ar.

Pe­ter­sen said APMo be­lie­ves alt­hough South A­fri­ca has ce­le­bra­ted 24 y­e­ars of de­mo­cra­cy, for ma­ny ci­ti­zens t­his is still not a re­a­li­ty. “Em­ploy­ment e­qui­ty, BEEE and ma­ny ot­her po­li­cies ha­ve ex­clu­ded ma­ny from en­joying the true de­mo­cra­cy of t­his coun­try,” he said. Pe­ter­sen was em­ploy­ed by the na­ti­o­nal par­li­a­ment for 13 y­e­ars, with roots in the ANC.

P­ho­to: Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

APMo par­ty re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves: (front from left) Den­nis S­chee­pers (chai­r­per­son), Se­bas­ti­an Pe­ter­sen (pre­si­dent), (back) Mark Me­si­me­la (re­li­gi­ous desk), and Hy­ram Dool­ings (na­ti­o­nal or­ga­ni­ser).

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