26 March 2019

South Africa: Crib-Sheet for the Political Parties Contesting the 2019 Polls (II)

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In the second of a two-part series, we take a brief look at the remainder of the 48 political parties registered to contest the 2019 elections nationally. In the latter half of the alphabet, there are fewer overtly religious parties, but social conservatism in policies is still widespread -- with a number of parties targeting either single issues or niche demographics.

Democratic Liberal Congress

Durban-based party founded in 2016 by Patrick Pillay, a former Minority Front councillor who describes himself as having been "tutored, groomed and nurtured politically" by late Minority Front leader Amichand Rajbansi. The DLC is opposed to land expropriation without compensation, affirmative action and "any type of quotas". The party is in favour of cutting red tape for business, a new social grant for widows and austerity measures for all spheres of government.

Economic Emancipation Forum

Established in 2013, but formally launched as a political party in 2017, EcoForum favours the hashtag "#SABackToGod". Its leader, BJ Langa -- whose preferred titles are "Apostle" and "Confidante" -- claims he was "born to be King". EcoForum wants to lead a national "moral regeneration" -- where have we heard that before? -- and calls for greater state assistance for black-owned...

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