Upington – The Khoisan Revolution, a new political party, is preparing to contest local government elections in five provinces this year.
“We are not going for a win. We know that it will be difficult to do that,” party president Stanley Pieterse said.
They wanted two or three councillors in the municipalities they would contest, in order to get their issues on the table.
The party was formed in January and registered with the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). It claimed to have 25 000 paid-up members.
Its focus was on issues affecting the Khoisan, San, and Griekwas. It was born out of frustration and many of its members were from the ANC, DA, and EFF.
No land for us
“We’ve got a struggle, and a huge struggle. A struggle for recognition, a struggle for land. These are the struggles we have in our own country of birth,” Pieterse said.
“Everybody is talking land, everybody is talking work, (Black) Economic Empowerment, but for us, as the Khoisan people, if you look at the papers we have to fill in, it’s black and white and coloured. There’s no space for the Khoisan."
The Khoisan Revolution would field candidates in those provinces with strong Khoisan roots – the Northern Cape, Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng. Its head office was in Upington.
The party was working hard to put structures in place to be able to contest local government elections later this year.
Since 1994, the IEC had registered more than 35 parties with links to the Khoisan.