ACDP says Africa will benefit from Israel’s new observer status at the AU

ACDP says Africa will benefit from Israel’s new observer status at the AU

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) welcomes the African Union’s (AU) decision to grant Israel observer status. We believe this is a wise decision from which Africa will benefit.

I hasten to remind those who oppose the AU’s decision, that in the 1960s when many African countries had diplomatic relations and strong economic ties with Israel, African countries prospered from their innovation and their monetary currencies were as strong as the US dollar and as a result, their poverty levels were very low.

We applaud the AU for putting the well-being of African people and the economic prospects of their member states before narrow political agendas propelled by what appears to be hatred for the people of Israel.

Africa would benefit from the Israeli ingenuity and innovation in countering the terrorist threat, not least of all in our neighbouring Mozambique.

The ACDP does not agree with the South African government’s opposition as we believe such a position will not improve the economies of African nations as in the 60s.

We love the people of Africa and we want to see them prosper.

We encourage African governments to form stronger economic ties with Israel for the benefit of their people.

Regardless of what the enemies of Israel say, people that have been in Israel, including me, have concluded that there is no apartheid in Israel, and those that continually say so are trivializing the seriousness and inhuman treatment that we suffered under apartheid, South Africa.

REPORT  MANDATORY VACCINATIONS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN  HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

REPORT MANDATORY VACCINATIONS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The African Christian Democratic Party welcomes and supports the call by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for people who have been threatened with losing their jobs or rented accommodation for refusing to have a Covid-19 vaccine to come forward.

ACDP MP Marie Sukers encourages all persons who feel prejudiced, by his or her employer’s decision to make vaccination mandatory, to submit a complaint to the SAHRC at GautengComplaints@sahrc.org.za

According to the SAHRC’s Gauteng head, Buang Jones, the commission hopes that this will assist to explore the available legalities to best address situations affecting employees and the implicated employers.

The commission says that this is an intervention that seeks to protect rights and hear the position of employers on this very important issue.

Complaints have already been received by the SAHRC from people who have been told they will be dismissed or evicted from where they stay if they do not take the vaccine. These are people who have serious misgivings about the vaccine.

Last month, a consolidated direction on occupational health and safety measures issued by employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi said: β€œEmployers should find a reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds.

β€œThe key principle of these guidelines is that employers and employees should treat each other with mutual respect. A premium is placed on public health imperatives, the constitutional rights of employees and the efficient operation of the employer’s business.”

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SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE BILLΒ  BEFORE 30 JULY 2021

A Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament, Shadow Minister of Health and National Spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube plans to introduce a bill to make counselling of teenagers to overcome ‘same-sex attraction’ a criminal offence.

The LGBT movement calls this ‘conversion therapy’. If this bill became law, then pastors, parents, psychologists, teachers who try to pray for or counsel such teens under 18 can be criminally prosecuted. And no, don’t think this is far fetched – it has happened overseas – despite the fact that people with same-sex attraction ask for help.

Her motivation reads: “South Africa has, since the dawn of democracy in our country, made huge progress in the legal protection of the LGBTIQ+ community in our country. Unfortunately, conversion therapy, a pseudo-science approach to β€˜curing’ children of homosexuality is still rife in South Africa.

A wide number of international institutions, health practitioners, activists, and religious leaders have underlined the severe impacts of conversion therapy on children including depression, risks of suicide, loss of self-esteem, and deep trauma.”

Gwarube on her Twitter profile describes herself as an ‘unrepentant feminist’. https://twitter.com/Siviwe_G

In 2020 the Democratic Alliance Federal Congress passed a motion in favour of such a law. https://bit.ly/2UYboCG

At the same time, the Western Cape Education Department is proposing a policy encouraging schools to refer children with gender confusion to LGBT favouring Non-Profits and counsellors, without parental consent.

The effect of the policy plus the bill if they both come into effect will be that schools refer kids with gender confusion to those who will affirm their confusion, but parents and churches who try to help them will be criminalised.

The bill is one part of a coordinated campaign by the LGBT lobby to gain access to children and stop counter messages from getting to children. We need to take a warning from the song just released by the San Francisco Gay Men’s choir “We’ll convert your children…we’re coming for your children…”

“A Message From the Gay Community” Performed by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

At the same time LGBT groups are campaigning to hold ‘LGBT pride’ days in local schools; pass resolutions affirming LGBT – as they have done already at universities – and where those who post contrary messages on social media are being forced to undertake ‘sensitivity training’ to accept LGBT. Another part of the campaign is to attack the religious freedom rights of pastors and churches.

The DA LGBTI group has a disproportionate influence on the party https://twitter.com/DA_LGBTI

They promise to “we must find ways to tighten legislative loopholes and change cultures. ” https://bit.ly/3wQN2Z0

Ask Siviwe Gwarube to withdraw the bill at siviweg@da.org.za or sgwarube@parliament.gov.za or Cellphone 0681130835

Below is the link to the Bill:

https://static.pmg.org.za/210705childrensamendmentbill.pdf
ACDP accepts recommendation for local govt elections to be postponed

ACDP accepts recommendation for local govt elections to be postponed

ACDP Parliament
Media Statement
By ACDP President, Rev Kenneth Meshoe MP

The ACDP would like to commend former Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke on the exceptional work performed under very difficult circumstances and tight timelines in conducting the Inquiry and preparing the Report.

We agree with the various concerns he has expressed relating to the impact that restrictions on political gatherings, health risks, and other Covid-19 regulations, will have on the local government elections.

We accept his recommendation that the elections should be postponed to no later than the end of February 2022, noting that this is the month the ACDP had projected in our submission to the Inquiry as the most suitable time for the postponed elections to take place.

It is also important to note that Moseneke considered the dysfunctional state of many municipalities, and recommended that elections should be held soon, but not at all cost. He was concerned that many lives could be lost if the elections were to be held as scheduled in October 2021.

We appreciate that the Report is not binding on the Electoral Commission, but believe it will in allΒ probability be accepted.

Should this be the case, and should the Electoral Commission succeed with the necessary court application to postpone the elections,Β the ACDP will then engage with the Commission and other political parties to ensure the elections in February 2022 willΒ be free and fair.

Lastly, the elections should not be postponed beyond the February 2022 date.

-END-

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

Ramaphosa was too lean on details of exactly how law and order will be restored

Ramaphosa was too lean on details of exactly how law and order will be restored

β€œThe African Christian Democratic Party is very disappointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech last night and we believe that he was too lean on details of exactly how law and order will be restored in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal after days of violence and looting in some areas of the two provinces. As a law-abiding South African, I am as devastated, disappointed and heartbroken by what we have seen on television and social media. The amount of looting, violence and destruction of property over the last few days is unparalleled. We have not seen anything of this magnitude since the dawn of our new democracy. Because of this destruction of property and looting, many people will suffer from hunger over the next few days and weeks as businesses, malls and stalls, that have been looted and burned, will not have anything left to sell and offer to our people. It was disappointing to see that this morning, after the President deployed the army last night, the looting and violence continue in Alexandra, Soweto, and at Chris Hani Mall near Vosloorus. Where are the police? Where are the soldiers that the president deployed last night? Where specifically have they been deployed to? The ACDP demands that violence and looting be stopped and that all the instigators of violence and criminal activity be brought to book. We want to know where the full might of the law in which the president spoke of last night. We are seeing that violence is escalating and that there are no consequences for these vile acts. The President must stop making empty threats and start acting decisively against lawlessness and violence. I concur with the president that we should all do our best to ensure that there is safety in our communities. As a result of what happened, not only has our economy suffered, but also those in need of medical attention, in the midst of a health pandemic, who could not receive care and attention due to unofficial roadblocks and intimidation to health service workers like EMS. I would have liked to hear more detail from the president on law enforcement matters and what specific steps were to be taken to bring the violence to an end.




It is easy for the president to say that we must work together to restore peace and the rule of law. The ACDP supports this, but in our opinion, he failed to give enough detail on how the government, which is ultimately responsible for maintaining law and order in our communities, is going to do it. My biggest question is: Why was our government caught unprepared to respond? There has been a fair amount of information in circulation on social media in the form of videos and voice notes where some people said that they are going to destabilize the country. When trucks were burned at Mooi River plaza on the N3, in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN), the organisers clearly stated that after KZN they will be going to Gauteng. One would have expected that police and the government in Gauteng would be ready – but again, it seems that the government was not ready. I want to know where was our Intelligence Coordinating Committee? Where was our National Security Council? Where are our Intelligence Officers? These people are being paid and there is a budget to ensure that our intelligence is up to scratch – yet our intelligence seems to be failing us.

The ACDP, among other things, calls on the nation to pray for our country this coming Sunday. What is happening in South Africa is heart-breaking and totally unacceptable! We want specifics from the president, not generalities. We all know that nobody should take the law into their own hands, but what happens when the confrontation between those who want to destroy and loot, and those who stand to protect their property and families, escalate? Will government find those acting in self-defence guilty if there is a loss of life? This is why we want specifics – not generalities.”

Forcing employees to vaccinate violates their constitutional rights – ACDP

Forcing employees to vaccinate violates their constitutional rights – ACDP

The African Christian Democratic Party has noted with concern the directive issued by the department of employment and labour recently – which affords employers discretion to make vaccination compulsory in the workplace. We maintain that this directive will open the floodgates for the violation of fundamental constitutional rights of employees, particularly those who object to vaccinations on medical and religious grounds.

Listen to our Deputy President, Wayne Thing, explain why this directive is untenable.

[Watch] Help Us Protect Religious Freedoms – Oppose the PEPUDA Bill

[Watch] Help Us Protect Religious Freedoms – Oppose the PEPUDA Bill

The ACDP views the PEPUDA Amendment Bill as one of the greatest threats to religious freedom and calls on all God-fearing South Africans to oppose it.

The AmendmentΒ BillΒ seeks to address weaknesses in the Promotion ofΒ EqualityΒ and Prevention ofΒ Unfair DiscriminationΒ Act, 4 of 2000 (PEPUDAΒ or β€œtheΒ Equality Act”).Β  However, in the process it:

β€’ significantly broadens the definitions of β€œdiscrimination” and β€œequality” found in theΒ Act;
β€’ seeks to extend the scope of the prohibition ofΒ unfair discrimination; and
β€’ provides for β€œjoint and several liability”. This means that employers will be liable for the discriminatory actions of their employees, even if the employer did not know about it and even if the employee did notΒ actΒ intentionally.

A Snapshot Of ACDP Successes

A Snapshot Of ACDP Successes

Can a small party like the ACDP make a difference? Here we list a number of notable achievements of the party affecting the lives of South Africans in many different spheres.

β€œThe voice of the people of South Africa must not only be heard but beΒ seen to be heard β€” we in the ACDP have heard you and are grateful forΒ the opportunity to work with you in making South Africa an even moreΒ caring and humane society.” β€” Cheryllyn Dudley

The ACDP has over the years worked on legislation and oversight of theΒ implementation of that legislation β€” challenging offending clauses andΒ arguing for restraint and creative thinking on issues in many areas, including basic and higher education, safety and security, trade and industry, agriculture and land, minerals and energy, international relations, health, social development, finance, justice and constitutional affairs, private members’ bills, water and environmental affairs, public enterprises and much more.

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No lies: Why ACDP is protesting Western Cape school gender policy – MP Marie Sukers

ACDP MP Marie Sukers has written a response to Siya Khumalo’s opinion article “Every letter in the ACDP’s name is a lie”.


Siya Khumalo claims every letter in the ACDP’s name is a lie. That may be a piece of headline-grabbing rhetoric, but it hardly stands up to logical scrutiny.

By claiming that the ACDP is not “Christian”, he is doing something that he appears to be against, imposing his ideas of another’s identity on that person or group of people. He makes himself a theological high priest by telling others that they are only Christian if they follow his teachings.

The ACDP existed long before US President Donald Trump entered office, and therefore it is anachronistic to label it Trumpian. Indeed, he is here denying the independent agency of Africans.

Even if the ACDP were “Trumpian”, then it would be President Trump who followed an African, Christian and Democratic Party from a “s**thole” country and not vice versa.

But the real problem again is that Khumalo is deciding who is or is not African. He is seizing the pencil that will allow him to determine a person’s identity.

Protest against guidelines

The sharpest irony though is that Khumalo says that we are lying if we call ourselves democratic.

Last Monday, we were protesting the DA-led Western Cape government trying to impose the Draft Guidelines on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Public Schools of the Western Cape Education Department in an anti-democratic fashion.

These guidelines accept a particular gender ideology in public schools without comment or critique. That doctrine is taught dogmatically as truth, and even if those two serious objections are left aside, it is impractical to implement in schools, in low- and -middle-income areas, in the Western Cape.

Over six-thousand children have missed the first term of school. Still, the WCED is finding time and resources to implement a province-wide policy when the department could easily assist principals and school governing bodies to deal with these issues on a case-by-case basis.

So intent is Khumalo on promoting his novel theological insights and saying nasty things about the ACDP that he fails to address at all.

Earlier in the week, he posted this tweet: “Hi ACDP, Where can we find this memorandum so we can write an analysis on it? Thanks.” Well, I hope he found the “memorandum”, but he appears neither to have read it nor conducted any analysis on it.

I am not here to debate the Bible, according to Khumalo, but to focus on a governance issue of critical national interest which is the process by which these guidelines were developed.

Inadequate and failed consultation is a hallmark of most government engagements. It would be unfair to create the impression that this is a practice of just the Western Cape government; it is common practice across provincial and national government and is a reason for the thousands of failed, unimplemented and unimplementable regulations and laws that cram our statute books.

We can get our laws to work better if we consult widely, drawing in all, even those whose opinions we do not like. This will help in killing off bad ideas, strengthen good ones and create the buy-in needed for implementation.

Political backingΒ 

The crucial phase of public participation is not the final phase of comments on draft guidelines or a Bill. By that stage, the state usually has decided on a solution to a particular problem. It has recruited those organisations who, broadly speaking, agree with it and have ignored those who don’t. By the time the proposal is made public, it already has the political backing of its sponsors and the support of the bureaucracy. The state has already invested heavily in this idea and is at best willing to trim and compromise but have hardly questioned whether this option may be the best solution.

The preparation of the guidelines on gender identity and sexual orientation is a case in point. It appears that the WCED had extensive consultations with some groups but failed to consult widely or with groups that could be deemed hostile. This may be unfair, but then we ask the WCED to produce a list of who they consulted and when.

One solution is for the Western Cape government to ensure that every department and agency has a database of interested and affected parties who are willing to engage – and that it actually engages with them without fear or favour.

A second concern is the secrecy with which these consultations are conducted. Last year, the WCED took offence that Equal Education and the Equal Educational Law Centre took their concerns over the Guidelines to the press. Why would that be a problem in an open and democratic society?

For the record, EE and EELC’s substantive objections to the Guidelines differ markedly from ours. However, our commitment to democratic engagement and governance is such that we welcome the fact that they were consulted prior to the draft release and that they spoke to the press about it. We merely ask that the WCED consults with all those who have asked to be consulted and does so transparently so that we can have a public debate.

Socio-economic impact

It also appears that no consideration has been given to the socio-economic impact of these guidelines. Without a detailed socio-economic impact assessment, government policy remains sentiments and wishful thinking. These assessments should be shared with the public when a comment is sought. This places policy into the realm of rands and cents and means that we must do the hard work of governing. Governing is about applying limited resources to an unending list of problems.

An effective policy development process that takes all these factors into account will be far more beneficial to all learners, including learners suffering from gender dysmorphia. Importing into South Africa from the US, the toxic culture war dynamics of virtue signalling, cancel culture and de-platforming will only harm the very learners that Khumalo is hoping to protect.

While I disagree with much, if not all, of what Siya Khumalo has said in his opinion piece and vehemently on his attack on the ACDP, I hope that we can agree that we need a better public participation process. I thank him for writing and the editors of News24 for placing his piece. He takes religion seriously and draws attention to the intersection of religion and politics. His conclusions are incorrect, but we appreciate the opportunity for public discussion.

Disclaimer: News24 encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24.

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ACDP MP calls for probe into bullying incident at Mbilwi Secondary School which led to child allegedly committing suicide

ACDP MP calls for probe into bullying incident at Mbilwi Secondary School which led to child allegedly committing suicide

ACDP Member of Parliament Marie Sukers has called on the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to launch a probe into the suicide of a girl child after a video made the rounds on social media of her being bullied by another girl at school, this allegedly before she took her life.

β€œThe ACDP strongly condemns bullying in all forms, and call for justice for victims of this cruel form of harassment. We are hopeful that the DBE and the SAPS can work as a collective to thoroughly investigate this heartbreaking incident that took place at Mbilwi Secondary School in the Vhembe District in Limpopo.

The ACDP would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of this young girl, and we call on our law enforcement agencies and the DBE to ensure that swift action is taken in this regard.

Any person who may be suffering, or is at risk, can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s (SADAG) Suicide Prevention Line for free on 0800-567-567. SADAG offers 24-hour support to people in South Africa.”