Gcobani Ndzongana, chief leader of the Land Party, addresses the crowds at the High Court. (Supplied)
LEADER: Gcobani Ndzongana
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: Nareadi Mahlo
PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULT: The party registered for the first time in 2019.
WHAT'S ON OFFER:
State of emergency for education – the party plans to declare a state of emergency over the dire state of education, increase the length of school days, consider school on Saturdays, and ban trade unions in education. It also wants to “launch a project” to make the basic education system world class.
Independence of the Reserve Bank – in order to strengthen property rights, the party aims to change the Constitution. This, it says, will strengthen the independence of the Reserve Bank. It also wants to reduce the red tape surrounding investing in the country, in the hope that it will increase investment. It aims to reduce inflation by at least 2% and establish a state bank.
Strengthen private property rights – the party believes that the Constitution needs to be changed to accommodate this. It says it will develop basic infrastructure for housing on state-owned land and transfer full titles to the poor.
Public/private partnerships – when it comes to state-owned enterprises like Eskom and SAA, the party says it will take over their debt and enter into public/private partnerships, also placing Eskom under business rescue. It wants to see South Africa producing 70% renewable energy between now and 2030.
Read more about the Land Party here
GOING INTO ELECTIONS:
- Just a few months after forming, the party has already clashed with the EFF in an outburst of chair throwing and chaos, creating a sub-par first impression of the party.
- The party advocated for the release of convicted abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, which has many questioning its respect of the rule of law.
- It has shown an awareness and clear understanding of issues affecting the Western Cape, but has not shown a grasp of challenges faced elsewhere in the country.
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