The newly formed Land Party has officially launched its election manifesto in Zwelihle in Hermanus, Western Cape. Thousands braved the heat to attend the launch.

A new face on the political landscape, the Land Party promises to focus on creating jobs by reforming and opening up the economy.

Some of its priorities include cutting red tape for investors, reducing inflation by 2%, establishing a State Bank and ensuring the independence of the South African Reserve Bank.

The party also wants to declare education a state of emergency. But its main focus is land. “The other thing that we want when we come to power is to make sure that we change the Constitution and make sure we strengthen the private property rights, because it’s very important then what we need to do talking about commercial land, farming land, now what we need to do, let’s go to the referendum,” says Party leader Gcobani Ndzongana.

The party is also a proponent of Independent Power Producers as competition for Eskom. “ Our target is that from now to 2030 we want South Africa to produce 70% of renewable energy that is what we want. “

The party also wants an end to cadre deployment in state owned companies. The Land Party was born earlier this year after activists and grassroots organisations led protests in Hermanus.

This was to try and prevent the eviction of people who had built shacks on privately owned land. The eviction application is still before the courts.

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