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  1. 1. CAPE PARTY The Cape PartnershipOur Manifesto for a Strong and Prosperous Cape
  2. 2. CONTENTS1. Intro to Cape Party2. Jack Miller - Message from the Presidential Council3. Vision for the Cape Republic4. History of the Cape5. Legal6. Our Contract with the Cape – Policies Direct Democracy Crime BEE and AA (institutionalised racism) Employment Housing Education Economics Illegal Immigration Corruption Media Freedom Internet Freedom Energy Trade/Ports (air, rail, sea) Culture7. Adrian Kay – ‘Take a Stand – Cape Independence’8. Quote – Mahatma Ghandi
  3. 3. Intro to Cape PartyThe Cape Party was founded in 2007.In 2008, the Cape Party was officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) as a political party in the Republic of South Africa.The Cape Party will use all constitutional, legal and peaceful means to bring into effect theindependence and self-determination of the Cape from the Republic of South Africa.If the Cape Party receives a majority vote in an election within the Cape territory this will be anofficial mandate from the people of the Cape to declare the Cape a free and independentRepublic, the Cape Republic.The Cape Republic will be governed as an independent state.The Cape people will form the nation of the Cape Republic and actively engage in thedemocratic and legal processes involved in the governance of the Cape.Sound political and economic policies will further our aspirations to join the prosperous nationsof the world. We envision a system of direct democracy, and a peaceful and prosperous lifestylefor all people of the Cape.
  4. 4. Message from the Presidential CouncilJack MillerCape Party Founder(NEC, Presidential Council, Leader)Good People of the Cape,It is with great pleasure that we at the Cape Party launch into this year with our focus set on the2011 Municipal Elections. The upcoming elections provide us with an opportunity to take greatsteps towards our end goal of establishing the Cape Republic.The mainstream media and established political parties have been trying their utmost to keepthe Cape Party silent and to shut down our message of Cape independence. Fortunately, therecomes a time when the people of the land unite to express their will by casting their vote on thepolitical system and the structures of power that govern the state. Change becomes possible.To date, it has made little to no difference who the citizens of the Cape have cast their ballot for.The status quo in South Africa does not change. The ANC regime governs with total controlwhile the opposition offers no protection for minorities and no resistance to the centralised ANCgovernment.The selfish motives of politicians driving a political system that is as racially divisive andoppressive as the others that have plagued this land since the British Empire forced the Union ofSouth Africa upon us in 1910 can only be changed if we choose freedom.The Cape can be a prosperous, free and independent country with laws and policies that judgeour citizens not on their skin colour but on their moral value, work ethic and the content of theircharacter.Together, the Cape Republic is just a vote away.But time is running out…
  5. 5. Vision for The Cape RepublicThe Cape Republic is roughly the size of France, has a GDP of R 293 Billion, and in virtually allmeasures performs better than any province in South Africa. It is worth mentioning that forevery R100 the Cape sends to the Treasury, only R58 returns . An independent Cape is a muchmore viable economic entity than South Africa.In addition we have a long history of not being a part of South Africa. Many people believe thatSouth Africa has passed the tipping point and that Independence for the Cape is the only viablesolution. Successful examples: former USSR (15 countries), Yugoslavia (7 Countries),Czechoslavakia (2 countries) and the peaceful secession of South Sudan only a month ago.The Cape Party firmly believes that policies are neither left nor right, but rather right or wrongand as such we use the world as our laboratory to see which models succeed and which fail. Welook to imitate the economic freedom of Singapore and the grassroots democracy ofSwitzerland. Our policy of Immigration by invitation is practiced by all major countries and wewish to replicate this in an Independent Cape Republic.The Cape Party believes that Representative Democracy (i.e. the system that electsRepresentatives to Parliament through political parties) has failed. It is an outdated andineffective means of governing a country and lends itself to secrecy, corruption, and collusionwith special interests. Often the public interest is sold out by political parties and politicianssimply because of the need to get elected.We thus favour Direct Democracy and the system of recall, referendum and nullification basedon the Swiss model of government. Power must be devolved from bumbling bureaucrats to thepeople who should have greater control over their communities, towns and cities.The 20thcentury taught the world that smaller is better. Smaller states are better governed,better run, more accountable and more cohesive than bigger super states which invariably faildue to their size, and often due to their bloated bureaucracy.Our challenge now is to share the message with our fellow citizens that the country we alwayslonged for is possible.
  6. 6. The History of the Cape.Going back into recorded history Southern Africa was largely populated by the nomadic Khoisanpeople. The Bantu migration from Northern and Central Africa resulted in the extensivedisplacement of the Khoisan as the Bantu tribes (primarily Nguni) expanded southward. The Khoisanresisted the Bantu migration up to the borders that today form the Cape. The Cape of Good Hopewas first charted in 1488 by the Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Diaz. The first Europeansettlement in the region took place in 1652 when settlers under Jan van Riebeeck established CapeTown as a Refreshment Station for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) en route to its colonies inthe East Indies.The Khoisan were integrated into Dutch settlements as the Cape of Good Hope expanded. In the1660’s the VOC brought slaves from India, Ceylon, and Batavia (modern Day Indonesia) and EastAfrica. The Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the East served as the umbilical cordswhich still tie the Cape to the European and Asian societies which gave it birth in its modern form.The Cape was a confluence of a large variety of people, and it was soon characterised by people ofmixed heritage. The Cape and its melting pot society symbolized true diversity and the languageAfrikaans is as rich and diverse as the people who created it. This diverse mixture of heritage, cultureand language can even be seen in the fact that many Kaaplanders that are considered “white” cantrace their genetics back to the Khoisan and slave ancestors. The Cape is the true “Rainbow Nation”we only have to look into our pasts to realize it.The Cape territory expanded as far East as the Fish River where first contact between theKaaplanders and the South-Westerly expanding Xhosa were made in 1779.The Cape fell into the hands of the British in 1806. The Cape remained under British control from1806 until 1872 after which it attained self-governance. The Cape enjoyed self-governance until1910 before the British Empire forced the Union of South Africa after defeating the Boer Republics inthe South African War. The Union of South Africa consisted of the Cape and Natal Colonies and theRepublics of the Transvaal and Orange Free State. Lesotho, a British protectorate, chose not to jointhe Union and gained independence in 1966. Swaziland, originally included in the Transvaal Republicgained independence from Britain in 1968. These two independent countries account for the two“holes” in the present map of South Africa, while the other four previously autonomous entitiesremain to make up what is today regarded as the Republic of South Africa.From 1910 until 1948 the Union of South Africa was a dominion of the British Empire. In the 1920’sSouth Africa pursued its Sovereign Independence from Britain. In 1948 political power shifted to theextreme Nationalist Party. With the NP’s interests largely invested in the Transvaal region, The ‘Nat’government was quick to implement racial laws under a policy it called “Apartheid”. Until that timethe Cape Province had been the only province that had allowed a non – white franchise for electionsand for 300 years had been unsegregated. In the 1950’s the Apartheid government abolished thisright. In 1953 the NP government removed so-called “Cape coloureds” from the ‘Common Roll ofCape Province’ and coloureds were only allowed to vote for four white parliamentaryrepresentatives. This was met with outrage in the Cape and an organisation called the ‘Torch
  7. 7. Commandos’, led by the acclaimed fighter pilot Adolph “Sailor” Malan, launched mass protestsagainst the government. At the height of the protests the Torch Commandos comprised 250 000white members all demanding an end to the governments racist policies and that voting rights bereturned to coloureds. But the Apartheid government stonewalled the protests, and by 1968 “Capecoloureds” were not only completely removed from the voters roll, but also had their homesdemolished and faced forced evictions under the Group Areas act.Sailor Malan (right) leader of the ‘Torch Commando’ protests against the NP government’s racepolicies.The NP government managed to hold onto power until 1994 after local and international pressureforced them to end Apartheid and hold elections of universal suffrage. This saw the rapid rise topower of the African National Congress. Although the ANC had promised to bring an end to racism inSouth Africa with the cry of a ‘rainbow nation’, the reality was that discrimination had beenredirected towards minority groups. The ANC government introduced such policies as BlackEconomic Empowerment, Affirmative Action, Transformation, Redistribution and Quota’s whichwould ensure that every aspect of society would be structured on racial lines. The economy,education, politics, businesses, national monopolies (Eskom, Telkom), the media (SABC, mainstreamnewspapers) everything through to sport would be structured on an ever-increasing racial quota. Ineffect, the true ‘rainbow nation’ of South Africa, the ethnically diverse Cape, would be the worstaffected by the ANC’s racist policies.The Cape, in spite of her long linguistic and cultural history, lost her independence in 1910 to acolonial mistake that forced together neighbouring lands in order to suit the needs of the BritishEmpire. In 1948 this forced Union fell into the hands of a totalitarian and racist government. In 1994the levers of power were handed over from one totalitarian racist government to another, wherediscrimination had simply changed its shade. The good people of this Union have suffered underimmoral governance in one or another shape or form since its conception in 1910 up until thispresent day. “The Cape Party will return the Cape to its rightful independence and once and for all bring an end to the racism and oppression suffered under this colonial Union
  8. 8. LegalThe right to self-determination is a universal and intrinsic human right. Governments govern bythe consent of the governed. If the people wish to change the state under which they consent tolive then it is their decision, and their decision alone, to change it according to their own needsand desires.Legal institutions, chapters and constitutions the World over recognise and guarantee this right. Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Chapter 14. Section 235. Recognises and Guarantees“… the right of self-determination of any community sharing a common cultural and languageheritage, within a territorial entity in the Republic …” The Cape fulfils all of the necessary criteria to achieve self-determination (independence). United Nations Charter 1945 Chapter I: Purposes and Principles Article 1The Purposes of the United Nations are:…2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rightsand self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthenuniversal peace;…
  9. 9. United Nations Self Determination: Principle & The Law Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and PeoplesAdopted by the UN General AssemblyResolution 1514 (XV), 14 December 1960Declaration…2. All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freelydetermine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and culturaldevelopment.…5. Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all otherterritories which have not yet attained independence, to transfer all powers to the peoples ofthose territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freelyexpressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or colour, in order toenable them to enjoy complete independence and freedom. International Covenant on Civil and Political RightsG.A. res. 2200A (XXI), 21 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 16) at 52, U.N. Doc. A/6316 (1966), 999 U.N.T.S. 171, entered into force Mar. 23, 1976.PART IArticle I1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determinetheir political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resourceswithout prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, basedupon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprivedof its own means of subsistence.3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for theadministration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of theright of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of theCharter of the United Nations
  10. 10. African Union (OAU) African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Self Determination Article 201. All peoples shall have the right to existence. They shall have the unquestionable andinalienable right to self- determination. They shall freely determine their politicalstatus and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policythey have freely chosen.2. Colonized or oppressed peoples shall have the right to free themselves from the bondsof domination by resorting to any means recognized by the international community.3. All peoples shall have the right to the assistance of the States parties to the presentCharter in their liberation struggle against foreign domination, be it political,economic or cultural. ……………………………….Further legal documentation recognising the right to self-determination(secession/independence/autonomy) can be found amongst a great number of sources,however for the purpose of this manifesto there is more than sufficient excess detailing thelegal framework which supports and guarantees the inalienable human right to self-determination.(If direction toward further legal documentation supporting self-determination is necessary,contact the Head Office.) ……………………………….
  11. 11. Our Contract with the CapePreambleAt the Cape Party we believe that government is a service rendered to the people and paid forby them too. To serve as a public representative is the highest honour society can bestow onany individual, whether that be in government or opposition. We thus commit to carrying outour duties as elected representatives in a manner that remains always true to our cause andensures that the people of the Cape are put first before all else.We offer a partnership, that together we may build towards a better Cape for us and ourchildren. The Cape Party endeavours to improve the Cape and the lives of its citizens in as manyfaculties as is possible in the immediate and medium term. However, we remain vigilant in ourvision for the future, where following Cape independence and the unshackling of theoverbearing central policies of the current state will allow for the large-scale upliftment andwidespread prosperity of all of the Cape and its people.The Cape Republic will be a land where efficient and accountable governance ensures thatservices are delivered at levels of the highest standard, and where our diverse people are valuednot on their skin colour but their ethic and effort.Cape Party in Blikkiesdorp: A Cape community displaced by the government and forgotten in the unacceptableconditions of the all too familiar informal settlements.
  12. 12. Policies Direct Democracy (referendum, initiative, re-call, nullification) Direct Democracy is the system whereby the government is held in total account to the citizens they serve. Power is localised to individual communities who have greater authority over the areas they live in. Laws are introduced, passed and/or rejected by a majority vote of the people. Corrupt politicians are removed and prosecuted at the will of the people and complete transparency ensures that each of the tax-payers cents is accounted for and spent as it should. Crime The basic function of a government is to secure the safety of its citizens. It is clear that the South African government, the police system and the criminal justice system has failed the people they serve. The Cape Party believes that serious offenders should face the harshest of penalties. Referenda should be held to bring the punitive criminal system in line with the will of the people. The prison system acts as a mere welfare house and breeding ground for gangsterism, with murderers and rapists released after serving a fraction of the sentences for which their crimes should be punished. Minor offenders are incarcerated amongst the worst criminals with no consideration given to the damage they may suffer. Our immediate plan: Increase the numbers of the Metro police by 150% Cut the bureaucracy and increase policing of high risk crime areas. Prioritize serious offences and not petty crimes. Housing Housing is matter of human dignity and not of politics and political considerations. Without proper housing, no family or individual can function. Strong families make strong societies and will form the backbone of any prosperous country.
  13. 13. We believe that housing should be given to citizens on a “first come first served”basis and according to need. Racial politics should not form any part of theprocess of state funded housing. Under a Cape Party government, title deeds willbe given for those tenants who have lived in state housing for more than 20years. Privately owned properties are well looked after as owners take personalcare to preserve their property. That should be the ideal, and we will strive toensure that economic conditions are present so that more people can enter theworkforce, access credit and own and develop their own property.Many of our poorer neighbourhoods are in fact broken societies in which a cycleof unemployment, drugs, lack of education and abuse exists. To break that cycle,proper housing and clean neighbourhoods is fundamental in the plan to dealwith the pressing issues that confront our broken societies in the Cape.Our plan: Title Deeds for existing council tenants of more than 20 years No racial quotas in housing Houses will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis Promote private ownership of housingEducationEducation is the bedrock of society and is finely woven into the fabric of familyand community. Our children need to grow up in dignified housing with strongfamilies who can form a partnership with government to further their children’spotential. Government cannot do this alone, when the Cape Party is ingovernment we will make the “education partnership” the cornerstone of ourpolicy. Parents are the pillar of an education partnership, and community basedefforts will be fundamental to the building of a strong educational system.We need to prioritize skills that have economic value and nurture a work ethicthat will make our economy an attractive option for foreign investment, therebygiving people secure jobs, an income that allows them to purchase property andgive their children a life of dignity.Our Plan: Less bureaucratic paperwork for teachers and more time spent teaching Decreased class sizes Promotion of private schools in low-income areas in line with current trends.
  14. 14. Prioritizing of skills towards meaningful education of economic value. Reintroduction of the apprentice system Vouchers and subsidies for performing students in low-income areas. Full tuition subsidies for Pure Maths and Science and IT students who score distinction in these subjects.BEE and AA (institutionalised racism)The Cape Party believes in equal opportunity for all citizens, and would bringabout an end to all racial legislation, quotas, and policies that Pretoria isenforcing on the Cape. Racial profiling and discrimination has no place in the 21stCentury.Up to one million (1 000 000) people of the Cape are currently facing job lossesas a result of the ANC’s Employment Equity Act which directly discriminatesagainst the coloured, white and Indian racial groups in South Africa. The CapeParty vehemently opposes this blatantly racist policy. On the immediate term wewill simply refuse to implement it in the Cape, and it will have no place in anindependent Cape.EmploymentPeople create employment, not government. Laws which prevent people frombecoming entrepreneurs or employers and drive the most skilled of thecountries workforce abroad result in the shrinking economy and the large-scaleloss of jobs we are currently facing. Government’s duty is to nurture job-creationnot deter it through policies that discriminate, bureaucratic red-tape that over-burdens and taxes that debilitate. Studies have showed that one skilled laboureron average provides employment for 10 unskilled labourers*. With over onemillion skilled labourers having left South Africa over the past 15 years theaccumulative loss of employment to the country is staggering. South Africa hasone of the highest burdening tax systems in the world, with comparativelyabysmal returns in services and this during one of the toughest economicperiods. These policies will have to end in order to reverse this trend of skilledemigration and resultant unemployment.* (Human Capital Flight: Stratification,Globalization, and the Challenges to Tertiary Education in Africa;Benno J. Ndulu; JHEA/RESA Vol. 2, No. 1, 2004, pp. 57–91)
  15. 15. Illegal ImmigrationA government that cannot secure its own borders or preserve the right of acitizen to the resources of his/her own country is failing its fundamental functionand is no longer legitimate. The country is crippled with approximately 30%unemployment*, yet is flooded with unskilled illegal immigrants entering thecountry who consume limited resources. The Cape Party will enforce a strongborder as this is fundamental to the preservation of citizen’s rights to theresources of their country.*(broad definition)CorruptionThe South African state is a kleptocracy, where those in positions of poweractively use this to promote their financial interests and those of their families,cronies and political friends. Nepotism is rife, the downward spiral so great, andthe looting so profound that the South African government’s R979 Billion budgetis essentially a feeding frenzy for cadres and cronies of the ANC.This must end immediately. Entire populations and communities are crumblingdue to the failure of the state to deliver services. Corruption and wastefulspending are bleeding our pockets dry and the Cape Party will stop this.Media FreedomFreedom of speech is paramount to the axiom of true democracy and individualfreedom. It is a citizen’s right to express him/herself freely without censorship orlimitation not just in verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving andimparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium. Citizen’s should havefree access to information and it is the duty of the media to ensure that theunbiased and impartial reporting of that information is made available to thepublic with timeous delivery and without any fear of censorship.Internet FreedomThe Internet is one of the most powerful forms of human expression in the 21 stCentury. It is driven by people and ideas. As with the God-given human right tofreedom of speech and the freedom of association the Internet, which is amedium to express these human rights, should be protected from anyconstraint, limitation or censorship.
  16. 16. EnergyEnergy is fundamental to the basic functioning of any modern society. It shouldbe produced with the utmost efficiency through systems of the utmostcompetence and distributed at the most affordable cost to afford each and everycitizen its use. The development of means by which energy supplies will beincreased without negatively effecting the environment in its production will beparamount.A wealth of world class and ingenuitive means to produce energy has risen tothe fore in recent years. The Cape is uniquely positioned to benefit from all suchdevelopments ranging from amongst others, solar, wind and tidal energy andwith the appropriate attention could become a world leader in suchdevelopments. Surpluses in energy allow for the expansion of an economy as thecost to power reduces and the availability increases. Reduces in the cost ofenergy provide economic relief to all citizens from the richest to the poorest,with relative benefits being most pronounced in the poorer communities.Trade/Ports (air, rail, sea)A country’s ports are the open hands with which we greet our partners be theyin the form of the tourism industry, business or commercial trade. A country’sports should ensure that its citizens are free to expand the goods availablewithin its borders at the most affordable prices. It should also allow the industryof its citizens to sell its goods abroad with as minimal a cost to the exporter aspossible. Trade should be open, free and fair allowing for the expanse of thecountry’s economy, the resultant increase in employment as well as the increasein the prosperity of its citizens.CultureThe Cape Party recognises the unique culture stemming from the far reachinghistory of the Cape and its people. Overt efforts from all levels of government,both National and Provincial, have marginalised the entrenched traditions whichadd the colour and life that has become synonymous with the Cape.We will ensure that Cape culture is given paramount importance through therightful recognition of our traditions, beliefs and values.
  17. 17. Our Plan: Reinstitute the ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ as a recognised day of celebration by reinstating January 2nd as an official public holiday. In rightful addition allowing the internationally popular troops of the ‘Minstrel Parade’ the freedom to perform our unique celebratory displays of ‘song and dance’ through the City of Cape Town. This is an expression of Cape identity and adds value to our economy. The ‘Mardis Gras’ parade in Brazil should be seen as a similar example where a festival of such global allure brings exposure and finance from tourists and sponsors the world over. The syllabus of the Cape education system should be adjusted to give appropriate attention to the long history of the Cape, our varied people and as a result our colourful culture. This should balance the currently one-sided approach to history that focuses solely on a history that begins and ends with the ANC.Cape Town ‘Minstrel Troop’ from 1933
  18. 18. Take a stand: Cape IndependenceAdrian KayCape Party strategist(NEC, Presidential Council)The crime wave, and racially offensive legislation have forced many to accept the idea ofplanning a future in foreign lands. An alienation of culture and an offensive against language andcultural institutions have loosened the bonds of minority South Africans to the land of theirbirth. Increasingly people are deciding to pack up and seek lives abroad. Some grow homesickand return only to be hit again by the tide of crime and more alienation. It is clear that in time tocome we will no longer have a place to call home, a place we identify with. The vast and uniquehistory of the Cape will be lost forever unless we take a stand to preserve our values andidentity instead of succumbing to the imposition of foreign values and identity. To wait wouldbe folly, inaction we can least afford if we are ever to prevail against those who would destroyour way of life.Take a stand.The Cape Party
  19. 19. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” - Mahatma Ghandi - Cape Party – Kaapse Party – Tel: (021) 671 8668 – Fax (021) 671 8202 PO Box: 23900 Claremont 7735