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Karoo Democratic Force
Elections 2019: Karoo Democratic Force
1 May 2019, 5:56 PM

Party abbreviation: KDF

In 2019, the Karoo Democratic Force will be contesting elections provincially in the Western Cape.

It was launched on the of 6th of April 2016 and was among the top three parties in the Western Cape during the local government elections in August of the same year.

The KDF clinched 5.14% of the vote.

Beaufortwest Executive Mayor Noel Constable is the president of the party.

He took over the position from a DA councillor after the KDF withdrew from its coalition with the official opposition and revived its relationship with the ANC.

On its Facebook page, the KDF says it wants economic freedom for the people of the Central Karoo. It is also advocating for Black Economic Empowerment.

Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats
Elections 2019: Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats
1 May 2019, 5:37 PM

Party abbreviation: AASD

In the 2019 elections, the Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats will contest for seats in the National Assembly, as well as in the Free State and Northern Cape legislatures.

It will be contesting elections for the first time since its establishment.

The party is led by former Mangaung mayor, Pappie Mokoena.

It says it believes effective citizen participatory democracy is the bedrock of determination of the people’s will and mandate.

The party was formed in response to what the party terms as a lack of political and administrative accountability by government at different levels.

The AASD manifesto was not available at the time of writing.

Azapo logo
Elections 2019: Azanian People’s Organisation
1 May 2019, 5:33 PM

Party abbreviation: AZAPO

The Azanian People’s Organisation was formed in September 1979.

It advocates for Black empowerment and pride, drawing inspiration from Black Conscious Movement philosophies of Steve Biko, Onkgopotse Tiro, Strini Moodley and Vuyelwa Mashalaba.

The party’s leader is listed as Strike Thokoane.

Azapo has been contesting in all the country’s elections since 1999.

It had boycotted the 1994 polls.

This year – it will be contesting for seats in the national and all nine provincial legislatures of South Africa.

While the party’s philosophy resonates with many Black South Africans – infighting and failure to sell the party’s ideology have been seen as Azapo’s major weaknesses.

The party failed to secure enough votes for a seat in the National Assembly in 2014 and hopes to reverse its declining fortunes this year.

 

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party
Elections 2019: Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party
1 May 2019, 5:15 PM

Party abbreviation: SRWP

In the 2019 elections, the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party will be contesting nationally and in all nine provinces.

The party was registered with the IEC in September 2018.

It was launched on 6 April 2019 by the country’s largest trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Irvin Jim is SRWP’s national chairperson.

The party wants to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank and restructure personal income tax to make it directly proportional to earnings.

Its manifesto was not available at the time of writing.

 

Capitalist Party
Elections 2019: Capitalist Party of South Africa
1 May 2019, 5:00 PM

Party abbreviation: ZACP

In the 2019 elections, the Capitalist Party of South Africa will be vying for votes in the National Assembly only.

It was founded by social rights activists like Kanthan Pillay, Unathi Kwaza, Duncan McLeod and Dumo Denga – among others.

ZACP was launched on 17 March 2019 in Johannesburg.

The party wants all voting South Africans to have shares at state-owned entities like Eskom, SAA and Transnet.

They will be allowed to sell the shares if they wish to.

The manifesto of the organisation was not available at the time of writing.

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