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IFP 2014 Manifesto South Africa

Please click here to download the full version of the IFP_2014_Manifesto as pdf file.

The IFP believes that when you vote you shape and own your own future. We want to help you make that future the one you deserve. The IFP has spent long hours listening to you and analysing the problems you have raised. We have spent even longer looking for viable solutions and practical steps to put these solutions into action. This manifesto is proof of our commitment to you and our earnest desire to get South Africa working. It is also evidence of almost forty years’ experience in good governance. We know what works, and how to get things working. We value your opinion, your contribution as a donor and a volunteer, and your vote. South Africa’s Constitution gives us all the right to vote. But this right also comes with responsibilities and duties. It is our duty, come election time, to question the path and vision
the country is pursuing. It is also the time to reassess those who represent us.

It is our duty to ask ourselves three questions:
· Are our representatives capable of fulfilling their duties and their promises?
· Have they represented our interests with honesty and integrity?
· Have they responded to the issues that affect our families?

Today, many young South Africans believe that they will never be gainfully employed. The flowery struggle rhetoric and apparent gains of the past twenty years have not helped millions of South Africans put food on their tables. 1994 may have changed how we manage the affairs of our country; but for too many it has not changed how we live. Where once we struggled against Apartheid, now the vast majority of South Africans just seem to struggle. Frustration is rising, protests are flaring, street justice is burgeoning; and who is responding? What is the government doing? Does it even care?
These are questions we as South Africans should ask our representatives and ourselves as voters.
If the answers do not meet your expectations, and if politicians choose to placate you with vague promises, then it is your duty – it is your obligation as a citizen living in a democracy – to vote with your feet. It is time for South Africans to demand more of government. Let’s assess those in power and consider how we can make a change for our country, and ourselves. Your vote can change your future. I invite you to partner with the IFP, so that together we can heal our nation.
The Power is Yours!


April 14, 2014 at 22:49 Leave a comment

South Africa general elections – An overview

The following table includes two parts. The first part shows the outcomes of all parties of the national assembly by shares for each election since 1994. The second part shows the participation of the electorate for each national election since 1994. This part distinguishes between the total amount of people at the age over 18 years and all registered voters. Latter distinction is valid for the voter turnout.

Electoral outcome 
Share by party / election 2009 2004 1999 1994
ACDP 0,81% 1,60% 1,43% 0,45%
ANC 65,90% 69,69% 66,35% 62,65%
Cope 7,42%
DA 16,60% 12,37% 9,56% 1,73%
ID 0,92% 1,73%
IFP 4,55% 6,97% 8,58% 10,54%
NNP susp. 1,65% 6,87% 20,39%
UDM 0,85% 2,27% 3,42%
Sum 97,05% 96,28% 96,21% 95,76%
Adult people ca. 30Mio  27 to 30Mio ca. 27Mio
Registered voters 22.872.870 20.674.926 18.172.751 na
Votes cast 17.680.729 15.612.671 15.977.142 na
Voter turnout all people over 18 years 58,9% 54,8% 59,2% na
Voter turnout registered voters 77,3% 75,5% 87,9% 86,9%

Source: IEC, EISA and StatsSA.

May 2, 2009 at 11:16 Leave a comment

High participation pushes opposition

With respect to unexpected high voter participation (77.3 percent of registered people/ 59 percent of all people over 18 years) at South Africans elections, the IEC extended the opening of polling stations until the next day. On the April 22, the IEC announced the official results for the national level (as well as for the municipal level). The ANC lost share (-3.8 percent) and did not reach the two third by a hair’s breath, while the major opposition parties won.

The Cope turned out to be the most successful start up party since 1994 and is now the second major opposition party. The Cope challenge was to take over 20 percent of the ANC share, but the ANC only lost almost 4. What about the over 3 percent, which won Cope? Keeping in mind first that the Cope split off from the ANC and second the ANC is a left wing party, it seems visible that the Cope positioned rather on ANC’s right side, where all other parties are positioned as well. But, where exactly is the Cope positioned? On one side, the Cope is a young party, with a manifesto close to the ANC, founded by former ANC members. On the other side, opposition parties like ID, UDM, IFP and DA are positioned more distanced, because their ideology is more independent rooted. And the ideolgical distance between ANC and DA is most distinctive. The cluster of ID, UDM and IFP lost overall 6 percent. Following this, isn’t it possible, that the Cope is positioned exactly between these three parties (cluster) and the ANC? The Cope probably took over share from both sides, ANC and the party cluster. Additionally the mobilization of voters seems to be made by the Cope. Remember, the participation was unexpected high with 2 Mio. caste votes more than in 2004. The ANC benefits from high participation with 770.000 additional votes and the Cope total votes are 1.3 Mio.

The DA share increased by more than 4 percent and unifies additional 1 Mio. votes – compared with in 2004. The DA is a liberal party with mainly White and Indian voters (superficial said). This population makes a share of 12 percent of all inhabitants. Where did the DA fetch the other 4.5 percent? Obviously race does not play a role for the electorate, because 4.5 percent of blacks vote the DA (or rather more if it is allowed to break down 59 percent participation equal to the White and Indian population). There can be two reasons for that choice. The one reason can be the social engagement of the DA, which is a key issue in South Africa. Especially in terms of AIDS/HIV, where the ANC rather argues suspect (with beetroot, garlic and shower), while the DA campaigns aggressively in townships. And the other reason lies in an increasing share of economic successful people, who probably prefer liberal politics than socialist or even Marxist politics of the left wing party spectrum. These successful people could also have switched from the cluster parties to a party with a higher chance for alternative politics.

Summarizing the argumentation on party system above, the schema could look like following enumeration (from left to right): ANC – Cope – ID, UDM, and IFP – DA. Surprising for European experiences is that small parties benefit from high voter participation. Does South Africa up side down or on the way to materialize a party system without predominance as proportional representation usually generates?

April 26, 2009 at 15:49 Leave a comment

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