Ahead of the 8 May National Elections you would do well to acquaint yourself with the Political Parties registered on the National level for the elections.
Today we introduce you to: African Independent Congress
Launched in 2005, the AIC (African Independent Congress) had an unexpectedly strong showing in the 2014 national elections of around 97,000 votes – which some cynics attributed to a party name and logo very similar to the ANC’s. Its founding issue was unhappiness over the incorporation of Matatiele into the Eastern Cape from KwaZulu Natal: an issue it has yet to resolve. The party was reported to be almost broke and leaderless in January 2019, but clearly scraped together the cash to register for the 2019 elections.
The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a minor political party in South Africa.
Founded in Matatiele on December 12, 2005, the AIC was a protest against the location of the area within the boundaries of the Eastern Cape province rather than KwaZulu-Natal as a result of the 12th Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa put forward by the ANC government. The disputed boundary change went to court; it was eventually confirmed by the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa.
The AIC won ten seats in the Matatiele municipality in the 2006 local government elections, seven in the 2011 elections, and one seat in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature in the 2009 elections. In the 2014 South African general election, the AIC received 97,462 votes, 0.53% of the total, winning three seats in the National Assembly. It retained its seat in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. The party did not run a candidate in seven of the nine provinces, and was thought to have only a small, regional base. Some analysts believe the party picked up mistaken votes due to its proximity on the ballot with, and close similarities to, the name and logo of the African National Congress.
In the South African municipal elections of 2016, AIC support declined further in Matatiele, but it campaigned for the first time in many other municipalities, winning a total of 55 seats across eight of the nine provinces.
In March 2019, in the runup to the 2019 general election, the party’s national executive was dissolved by a court ruling, the aftermath of disputes between factions supporting the party’s president Mandla Galo, and deputy president Lulama Ntshayisa, over credentials for the elective congress, which took place in August 2018. The party was left with R83 in its bank account due to the legal costs, leaving its participation in the national elections in doubt.
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As a set of intended goals or targets projecting a functional framework for what the AIC is striving for and work towards(in its vision) to achieve such overtime as envisaged expressed in the following notions or feelings as articulated hereunder):
Seeking to provide an atmosphere for constitutionality whereby AIC must prepare and make people take a central stage of governance of their country at their varying extent through educational awareness and capacitating on the legislative (i.e. parliamentary) law crafting process to create and/ or amend or repeal of laws or implementation thereof;
Aspiring for ubuntu (i.e. humanism to improve on the Batho Pele principle) whereby an individual is accorded dignity upon first showing respect for others so to earn his /her own reputation and respect by others for ones initiativeness for inclusive decision -making processes that are well communicated and based on effective consultations with (and not for) the communities for mutual agreement reached by consensus;
To enforce a fund- raising culture of society members for the supply of needed resources relevantly, including subsidisation of community service schemes by AIC membership politically deployed in representative capacity to paid government posts/ranks;
As well, to support business practices identified by communities to be basically essential for their livelihood, including the subsidisation of entrepreneurial inputs of added value to new and/or existing business concepts(by means of refunding their input costs by 100%, hence A PRO-INVESTEMENT SPENDING attitude) for an ultimate co-ownership and co-existence of businesses in a trend of relationships with complementary competition (in respect of supply and demand) other than an illuminist competition (in respect of unregulated price-fixing and jealous monopolies);
To provide community services and/or in service (re)-training for the maintenance of defined communities per their identified needs/wants collectively for the projection and supply of job employment opportunities per given service under a regular survey by a community development work observer per community/locality;
Making contributions to poverty eradication strategies through a consultative basis upon effective public involvement and upon a co-wealth redistributive and economic growth initiative (CO-WREGI) though a programmed role-service by various specialist co centers from a production (local area) to consumption outlets in the wards on a specialist complementary relation;
Fostering economics re-activism of society for mutual growth through equally co-shared sustainable resources and economic wealth (acquired transparently other than merely supplied) by means of macro,meso,and micro economic development initiative or strategies undertaken upon an involvement of both the affording and less affording communities rationally and co-actively engaged with available opportunities wherein one group supports the others livelihood;
To instill socio- environmental justice based on constitutional law and democracy maintained consistently among all social groups equally(upon the sustained independency of the judiciary without political inclination) as in their varying ethnicities as committed to a common cause for an equally sustainable life, fighting with HIV-AIDS pandemic and offering affordable health system;
To research and advice on the vocational(re-) enskilling programmes of the youth on perfect education for a relevantly competent supply of skills by the youth to society for its self-sufficiency through the subsidisation of the on-school youth educational programmes up to tertiary level;
To insist on regular community information feedback or reports for the reviewal of mandates for a refocused and /or re-affirmed consensus as a means to regulate representatives of various communities not to dare make any decisive resolutions in any given sphere of society governance without a formal and authentic mandate and consensus by the constituency having deployed such representatives;
As well to commit itself to providing a secure environment that is crime free by establishing law enforcement mechanism to be nearer the communities per ward of target service as co-ordinated primarily within the sphere of the local government area with communities made to review, evaluate and verify the effectiveness of crime fighting strategies and rehabilitation mechanism. Saving that any prosecution will be done in the interest of the public on behalf of any individual per verifiable complaint or criminal actions conducted in transgressing the law other than on the basis of politically motivated suspicions.
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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