Kenneth Meshoe. (Lulama Zenzile)
Long time leader of the ACDP Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says more people, including churches, are interested in hearing his party's message as they look for alternatives ahead of the May 8 polls, taking place in just over a week.
Meshoe told journalists at his party's Gauteng manifesto launch that people had become "open and receptive" to the Christian-based party asking for it to give them more information.
He said many realise with the high levels of corruption and the numerous commissions of inquiry currently taking place in the country that they need leaders with integrity.
Meshoe said his party wanted to deal with crime, and bring investors into the country.
"All investors, including local and international, want to feel safe in the country they want to invest in… there have been stories of potential investors being mugged," he said.
"When ACDP comes into power we will make sure their properties and their lives will be safe," he added.
He said churches had over the years also become interested in the politics of the ACDP.
"When we started, churches were still of the doctrine and believed Christians should not be involved in politics, they were watching us to see if we would get swallowed by dirty politics," said Meshoe.
He said his party had managed to stay above the fray and the "dirty politics" showing churches that it was worth following.
Meshoe also said he was not concerned about the emergence of the African Transformation Movement, which was established by independent African churches.
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"Traditional voters know there is something called a track record and they know, you have to know how this person performed over the years. Our traditional base will not leave us, I am secure," he said.
Meshoe also said his party was gaining traction in the Western Cape, a DA strong-hold.
"We are giving the DA a run for their money. We cut their majority... in Bonteheuwel, with many saying they are taking us seriously, we are people of integrity," said Meshoe.
"ACDP has been scandal free throughout the years," he added.
He also said the party was growing in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.