Sadeco now part of the DA

2011-04-29 00:00

THE South Democratic Congress (Sadeco) is the latest political party to close shop and join the Democratic Alliance. They follow the Independent Democrats (ID) who had joined earlier this year.

SADECO leader, Dr Ziba Jiyane and senior members of his now defunct party were welcomed by the DA at a press conference in Mount Edgecombe yesterday by DA Federal Chairperson Dr Wilmot James.

“This move takes us yet another step closer to the building of the new majority that has and will continue to win elections across South Africa,” said James

The SADECO Federal Council took a decision to close at a meeting on Easter Monday.

Party Leader Ziba Jiyane said the council looked at the changing South African political landscape which reflects a two party system, characterised by the ANC and a united group of supporters of liberal democracy under the banner of the DA.

He asked the Federal Council to join the DA, in order to better pursue its vision of a stronger and consolidated democratic opposition and multi-party democracy in South Africa.

“I have followed the progress of the DA with great interest in the past few years. It is a party that has delivered to everyone where it governs, it is truly for all the people of South Africa and I urge all South Africans to support the DA as the only party capable of achieving positive change for our country,” Jiyane added.

Sitting SADECO councillors in nine municipalities will remain as SADECO councillors for legal reasons, but for all other intents and purposes they will operate as full members of the DA.

Jiyane was the former National Chairperson of the IFP before breaking ranks to form the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco).

After a leadership tussle with Rev Hawu Mbatha, Jiyane left and formed SADECO. According to James his party also has the endorsement of Dr Frank Mdalose, another former IFP national chairperson.

He said this means the DA has staked a real claim to the 804 260 votes the IFP received in 2009.

“These votes received by the IFP in 2009, represent the voters that would not be enticed by the Jacob Zuma’s ANC campaign. With the continual demise of the IFP, these votes are accessible to the DA and all indications are that the party will grow substantially as a result,” said James. — WR.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.