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.
We are also on record for condemning farm attacks and murders. These attacks, often accompanied by unspeakable acts of brutality, threaten food security in the country.
It is unfortunate that government has allowed a culture of violence to entrench itself in our country. People, who are frustrated by government inaction, whether it pertains to poor service delivery, gender-based violence, or crime in general, often resort to violent protests. This happens almost weekly, and happened, once again, in Senekal a few weeks ago.
 
Section 205(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, mandates government, particularly the SAPS to, inter-alia, protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property. This is the first major responsibility of any government worth its salt. Unfortunately, this is something the South African government has failed dismally to do, leaving many inhabitants to fend for themselves by taking the law into their own hands.
 
In a country where the conviction rate for rape is 9%, and for murder 15%, it is not surprising to hear people saying “enough is enough,” and resorting to unlawful acts to vent their frustration and anger over the high incidents of crime in our country.
 
Calls for violence and war in our country are irresponsible and should be punishable by law. Section 16(2) says the right to freedom of expression does not extend to (a) propaganda for war, (b) incitement of imminent violence, or (c) advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.
 
The ACDP calls on all the peace-loving South Africans to refrain from making inflammatory statements and from using words that might increase racial tensions in our country.
We also appeal to those who are planning to go to Senekal on Friday not to be tempted to take the law into their own hands.
The ACDP calls on the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant, particularly on Friday when farmers and EFF members will be descending on the Senekal Magistrate’s Court where some farmers will be charged for participating in the chaos that resulted from among other things, the torching of a police vehicle.
 
Justice must be seen to be applied equally to all suspects in our nation regardless of their skin colour, ethnic or social background.
 
Lastly, the ACDP calls on all believers to pray for God's intervention, repentance, peace, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation and healing of our divided nation as we are encouraged to do so in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
 
May the Lord God Almighty bless all the precious people of our beautiful land.
 
President Kenneth Meshoe. MP
We Say No To Farm Murders

We Say No To Farm Murders

The ACDP calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa, along with the ministers of police, justice, and agriculture, to declare farm murders as priority crimes.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has called on the government to act on farm murders after the latest incident in the area of Normandien, KwaZulu-Natal.

A couple from KwaZulu-Natal, Glen and Vida Rafferty, were shot dead on their farm in Normandien, along with their dog.

We condemned the attack and called for the restoration of the Farmer Commando Units.

“The ACDP condemns the senseless killing of the couple as we believe that South Africa will edge closer to a food insecurity crisis if the government continues to allow for our farmers to be killed,” Meshoe said.

“While implementing measures to provide optimum protection on farms in order to protect South African lives, and to ensure that justice is served.

“In addition, the ACDP has, for the longest time, called for the restoration of farmer commando units to increase the safety of those living and working on our farms,” he added.

The ACDP president further reiterated farmers and their workers’ lives needed to be protected regardless of their race.

“We believe that the restoration of farmer commando units can bring down the number of farm attacks, and could be a vital part of the solution to putting an end to farm attacks in South Africa.

“The protection of those that provide us with food is paramount. South Africa is not in a position where we can easily afford to import food stuff at high costs, due to our weakened economy.

“If we are to curb farm murders and protect our people, President Ramaphosa must break his silence on the issue, lead, and act decisively against those who attack and kill our farmers, and threaten our food security,” he said.

ACDP Welcomes The Arrests Of Top Officials

ACDP Welcomes The Arrests Of Top Officials

ACDP welcomes arrests of top officials involved in R230 million Free State asbestos housing scandal

Statement by Wayne Thring MP, ACDP Deputy President

ACDP welcomes arrests of top officials involved in R230 million Free State asbestos housing scandal

The African Christian Democratic Party welcomes the arrests of top officials involved in the R230 million Free State asbestos housing scandal.

The project came to a total of R21 million, but the awarded tender was to the tune of R230 million.

These arrests come after the testimony of businessman Edwin Sodi at the Zondo Commission where he confirmed making payments to government officials to secure the highly inflated tender.

The ACDP has historically criticised the slow action at the Zondo Commission, which has raked up a bill of over R800 million so far, with no real action taken. We understand the importance of due process, but South Africans now deserve, and demand, swift and decisive action when it comes to crimes that involve state resources, government officials, and departments.

The ACDP is appalled by the move made by former President Zuma asking for Judge Zondo to recuse himself. If there are familial and personal connections between the Judge and Mr Zuma, these should have been revealed by both at the appointment of the Judge under Zuma’s leadership.

The state capture enquiry has dragged on for long enough and has cemented what we all know is the truth: the ruling party has failed to lead this country with integrity and resolve.

The unemployment statistics released this week, revealed a sobering figure of 20.6 million South Africans, aged between 15-64 years, who are not economically active in the second quarter. The highest percentage of the unemployed is the youth, aged 15-34, making up 82% of the total unemployed.

While the ruling party fight amongst themselves, misappropriating state funds and showing more and more disdain for South Africans, there is a real socio-economic crisis brewing that cannot be fixed by giving out food parcels and other temporary relief measures.

South Africa needs a serious overhaul and a thorough rebuilding process. The process starts with key policy intervention that addresses the current economic malaise, including political and policy uncertainty. Thereafter political will is needed to drive implementation, accompanied by transparency and accountability mechanisms that monitor the action of key interventions.

The ACDP stands ready to implement the above. It is time for change.

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.

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.”

 

 

ACDP proposes hybrid system as more children return to school

ACDP proposes hybrid system as more children return to school

The ACDP notes the announcement by the Minister of Basic Education Minister, Ms Angie Motshekga, in which she has said that more learners would be returning to school in the months of July and August.

**On July 6, 2020, Grades R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 will return.*

**On August 3, 2020, Grades 4, 5, 8 and 9 will return.*

The ACDP encourages the Department to recognise the rights of parents, as we believe that no parent should be forced by the Department to send their child/children to school if they deem it unsafe, or should they be able to home-school.

We are of the opinion that the Department should introduce a hybrid system in order to facilitate the successful completion of the academic school year for ALL children.

The cold fact is that our schools are overcrowded, and that the next intake of learners on the 6th of July, and the 3rd of August, respectively, will most definitely impact compliance to health and safety standards negatively. The ACDP proposes that the DBE enable those parents who can home-school their children, to do so without having to de-register their children from school. In light of the impact of Covid-19 on our schooling system, the Department has to adapt and adopt a more flexible mind-set to schooling.

The ACDP is also concerned that the psycho-socio support that was set out by the minister is not easily accessible for both learners and teachers who seek the psychological support during this difficult time.

*In a hybrid system:*

**Three groups of children would be accommodated at a time.*

**Children whose parents can afford to home-school would be allowed to do so and receive the necessary support from the department.*

**Children in disadvantaged communities would collect work from school to practice, study, and work from home.*

**Children at risk in poorer communities who need supervision, and those who depend on the school nutrition programme, would attend school.*

This system is an alternative that is completely possible. Some schools have already adopted this method, particularly in the Western Cape.

The ACDP has full confidence that the hybrid system will address overcrowding in our schools, and that it would make life for parents, teachers, and children much easier and safer.

All is not equal in our society, and the loss of the academic year would further disadvantage children who live, and attend schools, in our poorer communities – the cost of which would negatively impact the next string of students going onto the next level.

The ACDP proposes the hybrid system because we cannot afford to have any of our children left behind.