SAPS MUST REMAIN VIGILANT

SAPS MUST REMAIN VIGILANT

SAPS must remain vigilant as farmers and EFF members plan to descend on the Senekal Magistrate’s Court.

Peace-loving South Africans must refrain from making inflammatory statements and using words that might increase racial tensions in our country. The ACDP is on record for repeatedly condemning all forms of violence, regardless of where it comes from or who the perpetrators are.

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To recover from Covid-19 pandemic, SA needs a leadership that will put people first

To recover from Covid-19 pandemic, SA needs a leadership that will put people first

ACDP says to recover from Covid-19 pandemic, SA needs a leadership that will put people first

As South Africa moves into Alert Level 1, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) urges all to work towards rebuilding our economy. The economy has been decimated and another 3 million people added to the ranks of the unemployed, as a consequence of one of the harshest lockdowns in the world.

The past six months have changed the lives of many forever. The country has gone through a paradigm shift and the ugly heads of inequality and corruption have once again been revealed. However, South Africans are resilient. We are a strong, courageous people and we have a shared future to care for.

In order to recover from this pandemic, the nation needs a leadership that is willing to put people first, root out corruption and address the systemic injustices that prevail in South African communities.

The ACDP is dedicated to rebuilding communities and bringing opportunities at local community level. The hard lockdown, in April, showed how weak or close to nonexistence local economies are in South Africa. Instead of having close access to food and social services, community members were still driving out of neighbourhoods, or using public transport to access food and other services. This needs to change. Our communities need to become thriving economic nodes that bring sustainable opportunities and job creation.

South Africa needs to rebuild by ensuring that local businesses are capacitated and resourced with skills and opportunities to funding.

For the rebuilding process to take root, it’s critical for people to get involved in the decision-making process. Rebuilding should focus on long-term planning which helps citizens come back stronger by rethinking and repurposing new systems and innovations that make wholesome individuals and entire communities more resilient and successful.

This can only happen if government planning and spending processes are transparent and participatory, which is not the case. South Africans are not represented meaningfully when it comes to governance issues, but often are merely informed of the government’s plans. This needs to change, and policy interventions and programmes should be representative of what people and communities see as priorities for them and their families.

The South African education system is still vastly unequal, with millions of children falling behind due to a lack of access to internet services. The Coronavirus not only exacerbated inequalities but also brought service delivery gaps to the fore. What is required is a new and willing leadership to drive the necessary change forward.

The ACDP is committed to putting communities first by providing ethical and transparent leadership and governance that is not marred by party squabbles or factions. I believe that South Africans are ready to receive a leadership that represents their core value system, one which puts families and lives first.

We cry for our country and its women !!

We cry for our country and its women !!

We must stand here as one nation, and emphasize the high cost of crime on the stability and security of South Africa. Here we stand again, barely a week from Women’s Month at the double murder of two businesswomen, and entrepreneurs.

An ethical and capable government is needed to grow out employment base

An ethical and capable government is needed to grow out employment base

Statement by Wayne Thring MP, ACDP Deputy President

“Honourable Deputy Speaker,

The ACDP welcomes this report of this Department on the oversight visit to the Cape Town Film Studios and the Noodle Factory, funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and a project funded by the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) namely Rise Apparel/Uniforms, all in the Western Cape.
 
The ACDP notes the challenges raised by these business entities, mainly around the area of raising capital. For the Cape Town Film Industry the challenge is to raise further capital to grow the studio base and a call to raise the Film and Television Incentives from the current R50 million to R100 million, in order to secure high budget productions.
 
For Rise Apparel, a 100% Black, females owned and managed business, and the Noodle Factory, the challenge was in securing funding from the commercial banks despite having excellent business plans and proposals in place. The ACDP acknowledges the support given by the IDC and NEF to these businesses thus helping to create and sustain some 88 489 jobs.
 
Honourable Deputy Speaker, there is no doubt that our economy is in trouble.
 
GDP is expected to contract by some 10%. 3-7 million people are expected to lose their jobs.
 
Our debt to GDP is expected to surpass 80% in the next year or so.
 
This government is penalizing our future generations by incurring debt and then passing it on to the generations to come. Our Gross Fixed Capital Formation dipped by some 10% in the 4th quarter of last year with real capital expenditure by general government declining by 17.6% and the private business enterprise declining by some 10%. Our trade deficit with our Brics partners in Q4 was R26 billion. This trade deficit is consistent over the last 5 years.
 
The looting of the public purse, by corrupt individuals continues unabated with seemingly no consequences.
 
What we need Honourable Speaker, is a honest, hardworking, trustworthy, ethical and capable government so that we can grow our employment base with more Film Studios, Noodle Factories and Rise Apparel/Uniforms. The ACDP stands ready to fill that space.”

 

We must make South Africa safe for women again!

We must make South Africa safe for women again!

Women played an iconic role in the history of our country. South African history is filled with real female heroes who have championed the cause for equality and the eradication of discriminatory laws during the difficult years of apartheid.

They left an indelible mark on the political struggle for a democratic South Africa. The women who lived through the social oppression of those days, did not back down to the status quo. They demanded their voices be heard and they addressed injustice in the most valiant ways possible.

When we say “she is a woman”, there is a recognition of the power of the female voice and unique role women play in shaping society.

It is important now more than ever, for the voice of women to be heard in our nation. The inequality and poverty the majority of our nation live in, affects women the most.

Economic disparity has severely limited the freedom of women in our democratic South Africa. The pandemic of disease and violence affects women disproportionately.

The issue of equality remains critical in a society where broken families are becoming the norm, and more than 38% of households are women led.

Women’s Month should be a time to reflect on how far we have came in the pursuance of equality and justice for all, but it also needs to be a time to refocus our attention and redefine the path to building strong, healthy communities.

The fight is at the most basic level of how women live and the opportunities that are available for them to pursue advancement in order to attain economic freedom.

It is in recognizing how systemic failures at all levels have given rise to the brutal reality of Gender Based Violence.

26 Years after the dawn of our democracy, this country is among the most dangerous for women to live in, and raise her children in.

The Constitution of South Africa states that “everyone has the right to life”. Every day in South Africa that right is being violated, and women are being killed in a manner that resembles a war zone.

The abnormal has become normal and the tide is rising. The most critical issue we face is the right to live in safety for there is no dead person who can enjoy the fruits of equality and freedom.

This Women’s Month we must again revisit that moment in 1956 when 20 000 women of all races and class marched on the Union Building to hand over a petition to the then Prime Minister.

How do we celebrate women when the names of the slain are growing daily, and still today the female body is being exploited?

How do we celebrate women when she is forced to live in a shack and raise her children in fear? When she must sell herself in shame to protect her children against hunger?

There is a new breed of women that should revisit that moment in 1956 to say – how many times will you strike this rock?

We should do so in the same unified voice of the women who came before us, a voice that history teaches us, shall not be denied.

The ACDP this Women’s Month, calls for unity across political and racial divides to tackle the giants we face: Gender based Violence, Unemployment and Inequality.

We must make South Africa safe for women again!

We support the Chief Justice.

We support the Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has expressed his deeply held personal beliefs and views on Israel based on his strong religious and spiritual connections with the Holy Land of Israel, but he now faces criticism, intimidation and reprisal from the ANC, BDS, the Judicial Services Commission and others.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has a proven track record of upholding the Constitution and human rights over the years.

In addition, the judiciary, under his leadership, has been fiercely independent, and was the strongest bulwark against the ANC’s complete capture of the state during the Zuma years.

  1. We reject criticism and intimidation of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as baseless and an attack on his constitutional rights of freedom of belief and freedom of expression.
  2. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng must be allowed to exercise his constitutional right as a South African citizen to express his personal opinion and beliefs based on his deeply held views on Israel.
  3. All Christians must be able to express their beliefs without criticism, intimidation or fear of reprisal.
  4. We similarly reject the calls for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to resign, as well as the ANC’s call on the Speaker of Parliament to have “high level talks” with the Chief Justice regarding his views.
  5. We see this as a very dangerous attempt at intimidating our Chief Justice from expressing his deeply held personal religious views, which can also be seen as an indirect threat to the independence of the judiciary.

 

In a recent wide-ranging interview with the Jerusalem Post (https://bit.ly/2VQ85eC), which included South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, discussion focussed on global racial tensions and the need for love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

During the interview, he made it very clear that he was not undermining the government’s policy on Israel but had the right to express himself as a citizen and as a Christian.

It is also undeniable that South Africa, with its unique history and experience in negotiating a peaceful solution, could play an important role in facilitating the peace process in the Middle East.

We thus fully agree with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s sentiment that “the people of South Africa are an asset we must use around the world to bring peace when there is no peace, and to mediate effectively based on rich our experience.

The ANC has chosen to ignore these important parts of the interview, but has only focussed on Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s personal comments on Israel.

Sadly, the unbalanced approach of the ANC in condemning Israel whenever possible, along with its resolution to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel, while turning a blind eye to far more serious human rights violations in many other countries including China, Iraq, Syria, Iran, North Korea and Myanmar, has resulted in it losing any credibility as an honest mediator in international affairs.

This resolution to downgrade the SA Embassy in Israel flies in the face of growing diplomatic ties between Israel and many African countries who see the benefits of such relationships when it comes to Israel’s technology such as in the medical, water and agricultural spheres.

These growing diplomatic ties are ironically being mediated by Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates who mediated a meeting between Prime minister Netanyahu and Sudanese President Burhan, and clearly illustrates how short-sighted the ANC’s foreign policy towards Israel is.

The ANC asserts that South Africa “is a secular state and officials of the state, which include our esteemed judiciary are bound by the constitution to respect this.” This view shows that the ANC has no understanding of the relationship between the state and religion as clearly articulated by the Constitution and the courts.

South Africa is not a secular state. This was confirmed by a full bench of three Gauteng High Court judges in the 2017 OGOD judgement which stated that, “this fits a twin theme often raised during argument, and accepted by all, namely first, that we are not a secular State and, second, that in this country our diversity is celebrated, not tolerated.”