Johannesburg - Veterans of the historic SA Cape Corps
(SACC) military unit will help canvass support for the Patriotic Alliance (PA)
ahead of the general elections next week, the party said on Tuesday.
"This association is highly significant as the SACC
has 72 000 members in the Western Cape alone and hundreds of thousands more
across South Africa," spokesperson Charles Cilliers said in a statement.
The Cape Corps and its predecessor units have a military
history dating back to 1781.
Based in Cape Town, its soldiers were drawn from the
coloured population but were later integrated into the SA National Defence
The unit served in both the WWI and WWII.
Cilliers said this was the first time the SACC had openly
allied itself with a political party.
"The history of these soldiers mirrors the history
of the coloured people as a whole, which is why the PA is so proud to be
associated with them."
In the same statement, SACC Military Veterans Association
president Lillian Wakkies said the decision to work with the PA was taken
"PA is the first party that has said and done
everything we were looking for in a political organisation.
"We are urging all coloured people in South Africa
who are tired of the same old promises of the other parties to stand together
and support PA."
Cilliers described the PA as a non-racial party with its
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