ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe. (File, Netwerk24)
LEADER: Rev Kenneth Meshoe
SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: Wayne
Thring, Jo-Ann Downs, Raymond Tlaeli, Cheryllyn Dudley, Steve Swart
ELECTION RESULT: 0.57%
Strong biblical foundation – the ACDP seeks to honour God, while putting the people’s need at
the centre of its policies. It wants to bring change and renewal
to South Africa and help it flourish.
Family planning – a controversial stand, the party aims to amend the laws that allow
for access to contraceptives and abortion for young girls without parental
consent and that teach what they call age inappropriate sex education.
They are against the legalisation of sex work, pornography and
A focus on education – the party has a long list of goals to improve basic education.
Among this is the reopening of training colleges and reintroduction school
inspectors. They aim to ensure teachers have a competitive salary, create
after-school initiatives to improve literacy, focus more on special
education needs, and deal with gangsterism in school.
No national health care – on the hot topic of a National Health Insurance, the ACDP say they
do not want private health care to be nationalised. Instead, they want to
maintain the private sector and regulate anti-competitive practices. The
party aims to invest in hospital revitalisation and improve accountability
in hospitals and clinics. It wants to reduce waiting times through better
management and more nursing and medical staff.
A threat to property rights and
rural development – with a belief that land reform
should benefit all involved and addresses past injustices, the party aims
to ensure fair compensation for any land that is expropriated. To halt
illegal land occupations, the party will give the availability and usage
of land high priority.
- In a country which has a large
population of Christians, the ACDP believes it can appeal to the
electorate through religion. Making headway - from 0.8% of the votes in
the 2009 elections to 0.57% in 2014 - ACDP leader Meshoe says his party is
untainted, and has unquestionable integrity underpinned by biblical
- The party has made provisions
for young people and seems to be vying for the youth vote, believing that
not all of them are liberal when it comes to LGBTQI or family planning