Small parties committed to work with ANC

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pretoria – Although some small political parties are disappointed about the outcome of the election results, they have committed themselves to work with the ANC, in changing peoples’ lives.

Speaking on behalf of the Collective for Democracy, Pieter de Necker congratulated the ANC, saying that his organisation respected the fact that voters have spoken.

De Necker said there’s a great responsibility on the ANC and at no stage has the organisation ever doubted that the party understands their key responsibility, including the previous and the new government.

“The voters have spoken -- they wouldn’t have once again voted for the ANC if they didn’t believe in the manifesto of the ANC. We believe that they know their responsibility.

“We will support where we can on principle of service delivery because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is the ruling party, when you need water, you don’t get ANC, DA or FF water. Rendering services is what is needed by the people of our country,” said De Necker.

Collective for Democracy is an organisation representing six small parties, including African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), Freedom Front Plus, Congress of the People (Cope), IFP and PAC. 

The six political parties came together before December to establish a working relationship.

De Necker argues that there is still a need for smaller parties like the Freedom Front Plus to represent a specific constituency that feels that they are not represented by other parties.

“Most parties registering are an indication that our views can be represented by a specific political party and it doesn’t mean that it should be a big party.”

At about 10.45am, the ACDP had only managed to get 0.56%, PAC 0.20%, while the Freedom Front Plus was on 0.93%.

Also pledging its support for the ANC is the three month old  Patriotic Alliance (PA) party. Representative Errol Jacobs admits that they didn’t expect people to have any interest in their party as it is still new, but they believe that at the end of the day, there would be an improvement.  

“We are prepared to work with parties that will make a change in peoples’ lives. It’s not about us, it’s not about our leader but our communities, empowerment and change in their lives. We are happy for other parties that grow, we believe that if they make a contribution in communities’ lives, we will support them,” Jacobs said.

The PA managed to get only 12 847 (0.08) votes. –

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