ACDP leader says Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi was an exemplary and respected leader

ACDP leader says Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi was an exemplary and respected leader

6 September 2021


ACDP Parliament
Media Statement
By ACDP Leader, Rev KRJ Meshoe MP

ACDP leader says Zanele Kamagwaza-Msibi was an exemplary and respected leader

On behalf of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and members of the National Freedom Party (NFP) on the passing away of an exemplary and respected leader, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, who passed away after a long illness.

Before the formation of the NFP, Ms kaMagwaza-Msibi had been a long-standing member of the IFP. Between 2014 and 2019, kaMagwaza-Msibi served Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, resigning from Parliament in 2019.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, and with the members and leadership of the NFP. May her soul rest in peace.

For media interviews please contact ACDP President Rev Kenneth Meshoe MP, Cell: 082-962-5884.

ACDP questions meagre R500 bail granted to man who violently assaulted JMPD Inspector

ACDP questions meagre R500 bail granted to man who violently assaulted JMPD Inspector

6 September 2021


ACDP Parliament
Media Statement
By Marie Sukers MP

ACDP questions meagre R500 bail granted to the man who violently assaulted JMPD Inspector

“The ACDP notes with deep concern the decision by the Gauteng Magistrates Court to grant R500 bail to the man who assaulted Officer Masuku – a female Johannesburg Metro Police Department Inspector.

We are outraged that the assault was so brutal that Inspector Masuku feared for her life, and suffers the emotional trauma in the aftermath of such violence.

What motivates our statement to be noted today, is the words of Inspector Masuku as recounted in a newspaper article upon hearing of the release on bail of the perpetrator, ”I guess then that means what he did to me was not bad enough”.

For many years, in this country, the protest and outcry against Gender-Based Violence carried the message from women that there is a deafening silence to the slaughter and abuse of women from political leaders and institutions that are meant to protect them. One of the most heart-breaking messages relayed in the march after the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana was the collective expression of not being heard, and how that silence contributes to the cycle of violence against women in this nation.

The ACDP questions the meagre amount of R500 bail granted to the man, who stands accused of violently assaulting Inspector Masuku. While we appreciate that the amount of bail is not punitive and that this may speak to the justice and the protection of rights of the perpetrator in a democratic and free society, what does it convey to the victim? What is the message that is being sent to women in this country? A man can strangle and kick you in public, and still, your right to justice takes a while longer! It is rather unfortunate that the victim now has to be patient until fair and due process plays itself out.

The ACDP, in highlighting this, wants to call for much greater support for victims of violence. We further want to send our prayers and love to Officer Masuku. As a country, we must strive to do better to not malign the victim and protect the perpetrators of violence against women and children!


For media enquiries please contact: Marie Sukers MP, Cell: 062-338-1156.

ACDP calls on government to do much more to protect whistle-blowers in the workplace

ACDP calls on government to do much more to protect whistle-blowers in the workplace

Speech by ACDP Leader, Rev KRJ Meshoe MP

CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST FOR APPROVAL BY PARLIAMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO) CONVENTION NO 190 CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORLD OF WORK IN TERMS OF SECTION 231(2) OF CONSTITUTION, 1996 (REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR)

ACDP calls on government to do much more to protect whistle-blowers in the workplace

“House Chairperson,

The International Labour Organisation’s Violence and Harassment Convention of 2019 (abbreviated C190) came into effect on 25 June 2021. Although adopted in June 2019, it has been ratified by only seven countries which are Argentina, Ecuador, Fiji, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia and Uruguay. Currently it is in force only in Fiji and Uruguay.

C190 is generally a worthy convention for South Africa to aim for but a huge amount of work is still needed before we can honestly claim compliance with its provisions. According to Article 4.1, signatories to C190 are expected to “respect, promote and realize the right of everyone to a world of work, free from violence and harassment.”

Corruption-fighters in the work place are most vulnerable. Article 10 of C190 speaks of “protection against victimization of or retaliation against complainants, victims, witnesses and whistle-blowers.” Sadly, just a week ago, the head of financial accounting of the Gauteng Health Department was gunned down outside her home in broad daylight. As a key witness to the SIU investigation into PPE corruption, Babita Deokaran should have been protected. The ACDP calls on government to do much more to protect all whistle-blowers in the workplace, because without them, the fight against corruption will never be won.

We must remember, honourable members, that happy and satisfied workers are more productive workers. In 1914, Henry Ford made a business decision to pay his factory workers double the going rate for eight-hour shifts, while all the other motor industry workers laboured for 10 to 16 hours a day. By improving working conditions, Ford actually boosted productivity and reduced staff turnover.

I thank you.”

The ANC is sabotaging strategic goals of the DTIC – says ACDP

The ANC is sabotaging strategic goals of the DTIC – says ACDP

Spech by ACDP Deputy President, Wayne Thring MP


Report of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s Second and Third Quarter Financial and Non-Financial Performance for the 2020/21 Financial Year, dated 17 March 2021


The ANC is sabotaging strategic goals of the DTIC – says ACDP


Honourable Speaker,

As we consider this report, the ACDP asserts that DTIC is most certainly one of the key departments necessary to revive our ailing economy. In the midst of limited to no growth, in key sectors, and the economy continuing to shed jobs at an alarming rate, this department, and others in the economic cluster, must step up to the plate.

The ACDP further notes that one of the strategic goals of the Department is to provide a predictable, competitive, equitable and socially responsible environment, conducive to investment, trade and enterprise development. It is our contention that the ruling party is sabotaging this very import strategic goal of DTIC. Our economic environment is anything but predictable, as we score own goals with policy and political uncertainty. It is the ruling party’s failed policies that make us less predictable, uncompetitive, unequal and not socially responsible.

The ACDP notes the DTIC budget of R9.31 billion for the year under review, which includes an improved performance of 87% achievement of targets in the second quarter and R11.3 billion leveraged investments against a target of R1.7 billion on various projects, covered in the report.

Honourable Speaker, while this report indicates that there is optimism regarding the economic growth outlook for SA in 2021, the continuous shedding of jobs tells another story. With the official unemployment rate now at 34.4% or 7.8 million who are jobless, on the narrow definition of unemployment, the ruling party is failing our mainly young and black African population. It must be said that while the Economic Reconstruction Recovery Plan and the sectoral Master Plans are good in themselves, they are failing to produce the results necessary to turn our economy around.

The ACDP continues to champion the cause of beneficiation and localisation. It is ironical and shameful, that while the World Bank ranks SA as the world’s richest country in terms of its mineral reserves, worth an estimated $2.5 trillion, we rank as the most unequal nation with one of the highest unemployment rates. It’s time to stop the indiscriminate exporting our raw minerals and to deliberately and exponentially focus on beneficiation and localisation, if this Department seeks to be a catalyst in turning our dismal employment, poverty and inequality trajectory around.