New par­ties on po­lit­i­cal agenda

Pa­tri­cia de Lille’s GOOD and Ir­win Jim’s SRWP, will be seek­ing seats in Par­lia­ment along­side es­tab­lished groups

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - MANYANE MANYANE AND BULELWA PAYI

NEW po­lit­i­cal par­ties are gear­ing up for the elec­tions.

The African Trans­for­ma­tion Move­ment (ATM), African Con­tent Move­ment (ACM), Black First Land First (BLF), So­cial­ist Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Work­ers Party (SRWP) and the GOOD party, are some of the groups which hope to se­cure seats in Par­lia­ment along­side the ANC, DA and EFF.

◆ THE newly formed GOOD party is ex­pected to an­nounce its na­tional lead­er­ship in the next few days. For­mer Cape Town mayor and founder of the party, Pa­tri­cia de Lille said its pol­icy po­si­tion would be un­veiled at the launch where the na­tional lead­er­ship would be an­nounced, pos­si­bly on Jan­uary 20. In De­cem­ber the party counted 60 000 sup­port­ers and had now set up a na­tional of­fice in Cape Town.

◆ SRWP na­tional con­vener and Numsa sec­re­tary-gen­eral Irvin

Jim said his party’s tar­get was mem­bers of trade unions and fed­er­a­tions and would serve the in­ter­ests of the work­ing class.

“The wealth of the coun­try will be used for the ben­e­fit of all, and not just a wealthy elite. We are, there­fore, in fact the only party fight­ing for gen­uine democracy.

All other po­lit­i­cal par­ties, with­out ex­cep­tion, are ask­ing some kind of com­pro­mise with cap­i­tal­ism, we are not,” Jim said.

Other hope­fuls in­clude:

◆ Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng who is build­ing on the mo­men­tum of his 90% lo­cal con­tent drive as he sets his new po­lit­i­cal party African Con­tent Move­ment (ACM) in mo­tion. “I was en­cour­aged by the bold de­ci­sions I took at the SABC to change the lives of or­di­nary peo­ple… I still want to pur­sue what I pur­sued at the SABC, but now I am go­ing to pur­sue all these (other) is­sues,” said Mot­soe­neng. One of ACM’s rad­i­cal de­ci­sions would be reg­u­lat­ing how for­eign in­vestors do busi­ness in SA. “Our min­er­als must be owned by South Africans. But we can part­ner with them so they trans­fer skills to our peo­ple,” he said.

◆ For­mer gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Mzwanele Manyi is adamant his ap­pear­ance be­fore the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into

State Cap­ture will not cost his new party votes. Manyi re­cently threw his weight be­hind the

ATM. Manyi said he was there to dis­pel claims that mil­lions were chan­nelled to Gupta-owned me­dia en­ti­ties dur­ing his ten­ure as chief ex­ec­u­tive of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and

In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GCIS).

◆ BLF pres­i­dent Andile Mngxi­tama is stead­fast on the party’s “black first” pol­icy and prom­ises to put black peo­ple first if the party se­cures seats in Par­lia­ment. Mngxi­tama said the con­sti­tu­tion doesn’t ad­vance black peo­ple’s cause. “We want a con­sti­tu­tion which will recog­nise that this coun­try be­longs to us - black first. Ev­ery­one else who is here will stay or live un­der the terms set by the black ma­jor­ity. Our job is to change the whole con­sti­tu­tional dis­pen­sa­tion,” said Mngxi­tama. “They (ANC) de­cided to com­pro­mise and that is the un­for­giv­able be­trayal of black peo­ple. The ANC ac­cepted the com­pro­mise as the end of the (lib­er­a­tion) strug­gle, and that is why when (for­mer pres­i­dent) Ja­cob Zuma started the process of Rad­i­cal Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion he was kicked out.” Mngxi­tama, lamented the ab­sence of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that ad­vances Black Con­scious­ness Move­ment think­ing. “The prob­lem is that there is no sound black con­scious­ness or­gan­i­sa­tion.” He hit out at the ANC and EFF, say­ing they use the land hunger to “ex­pro­pri­ate peo­ples’ votes with­out com­pen­sa­tion”. He said it would be dif­fi­cult for the two par­ties to im­ple­ment land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion be­cause they are in the pock­ets of land own­ers.“There’ll be ex­pro­pri­a­tion of votes of the land­less. Par­lia­ment will shut down and they’ll pub­lish a Bill (and) will not amend Sec­tion 25 of the Con­sti­tu­tion to en­able land ex­pro­pri­a­tion be­cause both par­ties are in the pock­ets of land own­ers. They are play­ing a po­lit­i­cal game…”

The West­ern Cape has the largest num­ber of reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal par­ties with 106 and “still count­ing”, ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) head, Court­ney Samp­son.

How­ever, only po­lit­i­cal par­ties who had paid a de­posit of R200 000 were el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the na­tional elec­tions and R45 000 for pro­vin­cial elec­tions.

In prepa­ra­tion for the elec­tions, voter reg­is­tra­tion would get un­der­way on Jan­uary 25-26.

Despite rep­re­sent­ing over 50% of the pop­u­la­tion, aged un­der 30 have the low­est lev­els of voter reg­is­tra­tion.

Only 16 % of young peo­ple across the coun­try are al­ready reg­is­tered.

Samp­son said IEC of­fi­cials would also be de­ployed at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions Fe­bru­ary 5-7 to help with voter reg­is­tra­tion.

Al­ready stu­dent bod­ies, the EFF Stu­dent Com­mand (EFFSC) and the SA Stu­dents’ Congress started with can­vass­ing sup­port for po­lit­i­cal par­ties dur­ing the stu­dent reg­is­tra­tion process and con­firmed that this would be stepped up in the com­ing weeks.

Voter reg­is­tra­tion for South Africans liv­ing abroad will also take place Fe­bru­ary 1-4 at 121 for­eign mis­sions.

Reg­is­tra­tion of in­mates is also planned for Jan­uary 22-23.

When reg­is­ter­ing, vot­ers will also need to pro­vide their ad­dress or a de­scrip­tion of where they live.

MZWANELE MANYI

ANDILE MNGXI­TAMA

PA­TRI­CIA DE LILLE

HLAUDI MOT­SOE­NENG

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