Meshoe leaves Parly to campaign for 2014

2013-06-20 17:26
Kenneth Meshoe (Picture: Beeld)

Kenneth Meshoe (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe will leave Parliament for a while to do fundraising and campaigning for next year's elections, he announced on Thursday.

Briefing journalists about his resignation from the National Assembly, Meshoe said he was not quitting politics and would remain president of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP).

He would travel both locally and internationally to help garner votes for the party in next year's polls.

"For the next four to five months, it will not be possible for me to be in Parliament because of my tight work schedule. This will mean that I will be unable to fulfil the parliamentary duties I am paid for."

Meshoe volunteered to increase the party's visibility and communication, particularly in poor areas in the country.

His party accepted his proposal. Meshoe would also be tasked with raising money for the party's election campaign.

"I think if we have R20m to R50m that will take us far," he said.

The ACDP currently has three MPs in the National Assembly after losing support in the 2009 polls.

Meshoe said if his bid to broaden the party's support worked, he hoped to return to Parliament after the 2014 elections with "an army" of MPs.

Targeting the ANC

The ACDP intended to target ANC strongholds in its 2014 election campaign.

Asked who the party's target market would be, ACDP national executive committee chairperson Jo-Ann Downs said it would not be "fishing in the DA's pond".

The party leadership believed many of its staunch supporters came from middle class areas, where the DA also enjoyed strong support.

The ACDP would now make its presence felt in poorer areas, and would not only be targeting its traditional support base.

"The ACDP is broadening its base. We are talking to people who are not necessarily Christians," Meshoe said.

Meshoe would be replaced by his deputy Wayne Thring, the party's KwaZulu-Natal leader, who is also a councillor in the Ethekwini metro.

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