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: Al Jama-ah
Founded in 2007, Al Jama-ah is an Islamic party which has yet to win seats in the National Assembly, but has nine councillors at the municipal level. Led by Ganief Hendricks, the party has lobbied mainly on issues relating to Islamic practice, including the Muslim Marriages Act and the labelling of halaal foodstuffs.
Ganief Hendricks is the current Party Leader of Aljama-ah, a councilor in the City of Cape Town and its Presidential candidate for the 2019 National elections.
The Al Jama-ah Political Party was established in 2007 by its Party Leader, Ganief Hendricks, that instead of finger pointing, Muslims could play a sincere and positive role, contributing to the transformation of post Apartheid South Africa, for the benefit of all South Africans.
The Constitution of South Africa supports the system of a multi party democracy, as opposed to a single party state. According to The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), domination of one political party in South Africa will be detrimental to freedom in South Africa. What is best for South Africa is a diversity of political parties with competing policies.
In April 2009, Al Jama-ah participated in the National Elections in all nine provinces, narrowly missing a Parliamentary seat. When 87% of the vote was counted the Party was allocated a seat but was later narrowly beaten by another Party.
Out of 45 Parties it was placed 9th. In the 2011 Municipal Elections, Al Jama-ah tested the waters in the City of Cape Town and City of Johannesburg, scoring a huge victory and won a seat each in these respective cities, duly represented by Party Leader, Cllr. Ganief Hendricks in Cape Town and Gauteng Province Chairman, Cllr. Abdul Razak Noorbhai in Johannesburg.
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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