New Cape party promises 'divine intervention'

Cape Town - A new party in Cape Town has joined the long list of modest election hopefuls looking to claim victory in the metros.

The Democratic Independent party (DI) will launch its elections manifesto this weekend in Cape Town, and party leader Anwar Adams has told News24 that it's aiming for election glory.

Adams said the only thing that may stop the launch was if the infamous Cape winter decided to rain out their venue.

"The weather's not looking so good. We might postpone due to the weather, because it's in the open at the [Athlone] stadium," he said on Friday.

"But you can't imagine the groundswell. There is a tsunami coming to South Africa and it's called the DI," he declared emphatically.

'It is a spiritual thing'

Adams, a PAC councilor in the Western Cape and one of the founding members of the party, said South Africa's current political climate was ripe for "divine intervention".

"Our name DI doesn't just stand for Democratic Independents, but also 'divine intervention', when you feel you have guidance from above."

Adams said the party is not based on religion, but feels the country could do with something "spiritual" to reunite South Africans from all backgrounds.

"It is a spiritual thing. It's a spiritual thing to speak to all races," he said.

"Tolerance needs to be reinstalled in our societies. We've had enough of segregation, so this is not a Muslim party or a Christian party or a coloured party or a white party.

"We are not here to beat anyone. We are here to lead everyone with ethical leadership."

'We fight for the poorest of the poor'

Adams said he was approached by communities he works with in Cape Town to get involved with the new party, adding that the City didn't cater to everyone's needs.

"Our goal is to help the poorest of the poor. For Cape Town to be voted best city, or for us to say this is the best city, that is such a lie.

"Where was that consensus done, in Mouille Point, in Camps Bay? No way.

"People must come to Mitchells Plain and Heideveld. We are continuing to build RDP houses, and creating glorified slums.

"This is the DI. We fight for the poorest of the poor."

Other parties you may not have heard of, but will see on the ballot in August are:

AITUP - Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party

Advieskantoor

AD - Ambassadors Drive

BRA - Bushbuckridge Residents Association

CV - Coloured Voice

DAWI - Democratic Association of Witzenberg Independence

FINCASA - First Indigenous Nations Civic Association of South Africa

ISP - Independent Sport Party

KISS - Keep It Straight and Simple

KUC - Knysna Unity Congress

OSS - Oudtshoorn Saamstaan

The Greens

UMPA- Unemployed Peoples Association

VIP - Voice of Independents Party

XP - Ximoko Party

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