Higher grants, promises NFP

2014-02-17 00:00

SHOULD the NFP get elected to power, a task team with prosecutorial powers would be introduced to deal with the rampant corruption in the country, while civil servants and politicians should expect to adhere to high ethical standards and be subjected to periodic lifestyle audits.

This is according to the NFP manifesto launched in Durban yesterday.

Addressing thousands of supporters at Curries Fountain Stadium, party leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said her party wanted a country free of corruption.

She said the NFP was offering itself to the electorate to serve and build a better society. “We are here to make a social contract with South African society with what the party is planning to do as a response to the challenges that are facing our country,” she said.

The government had created empowerment schemes that benefited the elite, said Magwaza-Msibi, and these were at the expense of the majority of the population.

She said government had reneged on promises and there was despair among people. The NFP wanted South Africans to express their anger by voting for the NFP, which would respond to their needs and offer solutions.

Magwaza-Msibi also said her party planned to provide widows with food vouchers and would encourage them to be involved in co-operatives and that women receive old-age pension from the age of 55. She added that child grants could be increased to R500 and the old-age grant increased to R1 500.

Even girls who keep their virginity until age 20 should expect to get awards from local authorities, Magwaza-Msibi said.

The NFP would introduce free compulsory education to young people until the age of 18 and tertiary education would be free to those who qualified, she said.

The party would also introduce computer literacy and driving lessons as part of a basic education curriculum.

“Teachers are not paid adequately. We want to offer lucrative incentives so that teachers are attracted and retained in rural areas,” said Magwaza-Msibi.

The NFP would ensure that there were satellite campuses for major universities in district municipalities.

They would also limit outsourcing and ensure there were permanent jobs and financial support be given to SMMEs.

On crime, the NFP wants those found guilty of crimes to serve their time in prison.­ “We are saying we are tired of people who get arrested today and are out tomorrow,” the party leader said.

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