From dagga to special votes for people with degrees: Here are parties you might not have know of.
There are about 148 parties registered on a national level at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in South Africa.
At a price tag of about R600 000 to register a new party at national level and many parties deregistered due to their lack of supporters, here are some parties, which you probably didn't know of, that will be contesting in the 2014 election.
Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party
Imagine not paying income tax!
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party holds that Income Tax is a Marxist invention (point number two of the Communist Manifesto) and should be done away with in a reconstructed South Africa functioning under a new economic system. The system is called Zero Income Tax or Z.I.T.
They describe themselves as “an extremist right wing party”.
They have an interesting approach regarding their policy, which is:
• People of 21 and older have a right to vote.
• Taxpayers get two votes.
• Each person with a degree from a university receive 25 votes
• Every employer with employees up until 100 receive 30 votes.
• Every employer with more that 100 employees will receive 100 votes.
Farmers's votes should count as 75 votes.
The KISS party (Keep it Straight and Simple)
According to their website "KISS is a business maxim - K
tupid. It's the economy Stupid! The root of it is the straight and simple truth of the Money Question."
The Minority front
Some interesting points on their manifesto that grabbed our attention were:
• “White-elephant” infrastructure i.e. Ushaka Marine World, Moses Mabida Stadium, ICC at rate-payers expense must stop.
• Crematoriums should be increased in all areas.
• Abolish Affirmative action and unfair Employment Equity Law.
• Municipal parks: Grass-cutting cycle should be increased from three times a year to nine times annually.
The National Party (yes, that one!)
According to their website the return of the NP is aimed at setting the record straight and to undo the wrongs of the past.
"We therefore urge the voters to support the NP once more that will ensure that we take our rightful place in government back."
New laws and new governing structures will be created based on the will of the people on a local and national level.
This policy made us stand still for a second and wonder exactly how air transport will work?
"All rail and road and air transport will be free
and without toll charges of any kind," the party claims in their manifesto.
The Libertarian Party of South Africa
This party has three main focuses:
• Free the Energy Industry: Allow any private company to become an electricity or energy provider. Provide incentives to those who provide green energy. Allow these companies to sell electricity directly to the consumer or sell into the public grid.
• Legalize dagga (NOW!): Less law enforcement time and energy will be committed to prosecuting a victimless crime. A lucrative new agricultural market will arise within South Africa.
Voucher system: All South African citizens (independent of age, race or gender) will be entitled to apply to receive a non-transferable annual voucher for their education, health and welfare needs.