New political party believes in ‘equal opportunity for all’

2014-02-07 15:34

A new political party, the Republican Democrats (RD), believes in equal opportunity for all citizens, its leader Mosotho Motau has said.

“We aspire to be the vehicle of change of politics in South Africa,” he told reporters in Akasia, north of Pretoria today.

“We believe that since we were liberated in 1994 ... much has been done and much has not been done.”

The change the country had seen had not been positive change, Motau said.

The party was a libertarian socialist organisation and officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in November last year.

However, Motau said the RD started work in November 2011.

He said the meaning of the party’s name derived from two factors.

“One is that we are citizens of the republic and two is from us being beneficiaries of democracy.”

Motau said there was no link to politics in the United States.

The RD believed in individual empowerment and in compensating its volunteers.

Membership fees were R15 and every member signing up a volunteer would receive R5.

Motau could not give an exact figure of how many members the RD had but said a December audit showed the party had almost 10 000 members.

The RD would contest the 2014 elections with the goal of winning, he said.

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