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: South African National Congress Of Traditional Authorities-SANCOTA
Sancota launched in February 2019 on a platform of traditional African values and protecting the power of traditional leaders. The man behind the party is reportedly Themba Sigudla, a former ally of Deputy President David Mabuza before things turned sour between the two men. The party’s president is Chief Mantjolo Mnisi, and Sancota has been busy trying to attract other traditional leaders – including expressing support for the release from prison of abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. City Press reported in February that the party had already drawn the defections of at least 18 ANC councillors.
SANCOTA applied to the Chief Electoral Officer for registration as a political party on 25 January 2019.
TRADITIONAL GOVERNMENT: Chief Mantjolo Mnisi of the South African Congress of Traditional Authorities (SANCOTA) launched the new party in Bushbuckridge on 2 March 2019 – aiming to contests this year’s national and provincial elections.
The new Mpumalanga based political party is the brainchild of traditional leader Chief Mantjolo Mnisi and businessman Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla.
Leaders say they plan to punish the ANC in the province’s municipalities – by luring ANC councillors to resign thereby forcing the system into by-elections.
The party is in alliance with Practical Radical Economic Transformation of SA (PretSA), formed by party member Themba Sigudla. PretSA was previously closely linked with African National Congress deputy president David Mabuza and highly influential in Mpumalanga politics. Rifts within the Mpumalanga ANC around the increasing influence of PretSA are believed to have contributed to Sancota’s founding.
Sancota is supportive of the interests of traditional leaders, and has come out in support of abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, who was convicted of assault, arson, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice, stating that “it serves a bad precedent for a king to serve jail time”.
The party also believes that electricity utility Eskom should drop all of its debt to municipalities.
SANCOTA says; “As an Afrocentric government, SANCOTA will enhance ethical and moral governance and relations within society. It will progressively drive the economic and social empowerment of the rural, peri urban, and impoverished masses of our country. SANCOTA will progressively pursue land restoration to its indigenous owners. ”
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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