'It's treason': Al Jama-ah wants IEC to act against Cape Independence Party over secession campaign

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  • The Al Jama-ah party's Cape Town mayoral candidate Ganief Hendricks said the Cape Party is trying to "break up the country".
  • The Cape Independence Party is campaigning ahead of the municipal elections.
  • Its leader Jack Miller described Hendricks' comments as "misinformed". 

The Al Jama-ah party has accused the Cape Independence Party of treason and is threatening to take them to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) over its "Cape Independence" advocacy. 

Al Jama-ah's Cape Town mayoral candidate Ganief Hendricks said the Cape Party was trying to "break up the country".

"Secession is a crime and we are disappointed that the leaders of the Cape Party have not been arrested by the security cluster for inciting treason. Now we have these idiots who want to break up the country. We are not going to allow this to happen, we cannot allow the country to be spilt into three."

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Hendricks said they would be asking the IEC to take down the party's posters promoting their slogan "Capexit". 

He said:

Should the IEC not act on this, we will be laying a charge with the police for treason. It is reckless and irresponsible for this group to be promoting Cape Independence and we understand they are a well organised group.

The Cape Independence Party is one of many contesting the municipal elections on 1 November. The party has been pushing for "Cape Independence" in the Western Cape, the Northern Cape (apart from two districts), six municipalities in the Eastern Cape, and one in the Free State.

The membership of the party has grown from 1 000 people in 2009 to over 10 000 in 2017.

During the 2016 municipal elections, the party received 4 473 votes, and 9 331 in the 2019 national and provincial polls. 

The party has also been outspoken about the lockdown as well as calling for a referendum to be discussed. 

Party leader Jack Miller described Hendricks' comments as "misinformed". 

"The Cape Independence Party has been registered with the IEC, for 14 years we have been engaging with government on the issue of Cape Independence. We don't take this seriously at all, everything we do is in accord with the IEC. People understand they have the right to vote for self-determination," he said.

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