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Patriotic Alliance manifesto: (our) God first, others must stay out

Patriotic Alliance manifesto: (our) God first, others must stay out
Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie speaks during a media briefing at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town on 16 April 2024. (Photo: Gallo Images / Die Burger / Jaco Marais)

If the Patriotic Alliance came into power it would reintroduce conscription and religious education in schools. It proposes the mass deportation of people living in South Africa without documents.

God first

  • The PA places God first;
  • It wants a reintroduction of religious education at schools at scale, to teach the Ten Commandments;
  • This would mean an end to South Africa’s secular and multireligious identity.

Elevate royal and local leaders

  • The PA advocates more powers (especially mining royalties) for “royal leaders” – traditional leaders;
  • It wants more state support for churches and community-based NGOs;
  • It would upgrade community halls and sports fields.

Building a wall to keep migrants out

  • Its manifesto title is #AbaHambe;
  • It proposes the mass deportation of people living in South Africa without documents; audits on all foreigners’ “papers”; South Africa as a destination for illegal migration should be “vastly diminished”;
  • In January 2024, the PA called for a wall on the border to keep migrants out.

Military service and the death penalty

  • A PA government would reintroduce conscription;
  • It would reintroduce the death penalty for murder, muti killings, the rape of children and acts of corruption that can be categorised as “high treason” (based on an El Salvador model).

Electricity

  • A mixed model of generation with Eskom at the centre;
  • A just transition to new forms of energy generation.

Fracking and beneficiation

  • The PA supports fracking (mining) for natural gas and the beneficiation of commodities.

A capable state, not a contract state

  • End the use of consultants;
  • “It is now difficult to achieve even basic repairs and maintenance of government facilities without private sector contractors being paid to do the work, often for far too much money and not quickly enough.”

End trade unions’ influence over politics and policy

  • End closed shops for unions; introduce performance-based increase systems; unions should not be able to protect weak police officers and teachers, for example.

Integrity tests for cops

  • Cops will face random integrity tests; clamping down on confiscated firearms lost by the police service;
  • Promises of a corruption-free government.

Economic policy

  • Break the monopolies;
  • Support for small, medium and micro enterprises;
  • Support agricultural value chains to attain land reform;
  • Rethink Financial Intelligence Centre Act (Fica) legislation (anti-money-laundering laws administered by the Financial Intelligence Centre, according to Fica).

100-day Action Plan

  • Criminalise anticompetitive conduct; blacklist companies for five years;
  • The rich must bear the brunt of taxation, but it should not be made so high that they disinvest.

Reality check

  • A manifesto that is completely counter to the key tenets of the South African Constitution;
  • It is populist and not terribly well considered.

What’s good?

  • (Nothing – Ed);
  • Except perhaps the focus on upgrading community halls and sports fields. These are often the only places where poor people can get Wi-Fi, recreation and sometimes a hot meal. DM

 

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  • Kanu Sukha says:

    Sounds like the ACDP has met its match ! Nay .. verily I say unto you … it has been vanquished ! They even out-trump Trump ! What vision and BS in equal measures ! Viva … nay that term may be outlawed as ‘foreign’ also !

  • Anil Maharaj says:

    The terrible misrule of the ANC has led to all idiots thinking that they would make great leaders

  • Jeff Pillay says:

    ED. while I don’t support the PA I find it strange that you see no good in their manifesto besides the halls.
    Think you abuse your position by your abritory comments without providing reasons why they no good.

    • William Nettmann says:

      I agree, it makes DM appear shallow.
      Support for small, medium and micro enterprises;
      Support agricultural value chains to attain land reform;A mixed model of generation with Eskom at the centre;
      A just transition to new forms of energy generation.
      Cops will face random integrity tests; clamping down on confiscated firearms lost by the police service;
      Promises of a corruption-free government.

    • Bob Dubery says:

      There is a reason given. Some of their major points (compulsory Christian education in government schools, clamping down on unions, the death penalty) are unconstutional. Other parts are redundant EG there are already laws in place to deal with anti-competitive behaviour by businesses.

    • Jane Crankshaw says:

      Phew! I shake my head! Mr Maharaj is right – opportunists scrabbling to get to the trough before the barn door closes!
      The SA taxpayer is already paying for services that they are not getting ( nor are the poor and disenfranchised) and they propose a 50% tax level on the very people keeping this country afloat and the trough full for the politically connected to feed from? Doesnt make sense!

  • michael james says:

    Both Gayton and Julius have no basic grasp of economics. It is very easy to promise the world but impossible to deliver. People have been misled by very bad characters for centuries hopefully we won’t be part of that stat. There are good people in SA

  • Jean Racine says:

    Rob Hersov must be pleased with what his funding has wrought. After all, he never tires extolling Gayton McKenzie’s “Judeo-Christian” ethos!

  • Richie Rich says:

    Gayton McKenzie was convicted for fraud which is stealing but now he wants the ten commandments to caught in schools and be made compulsory.
    How rich coming from him!
    The guts of the man.
    The chutzpah.
    The gall.
    The liver.
    😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  • Bob Dubery says:

    Some of what is being proposed here is unconstitutional. What McKenzie has said several times, but it seems it is being kept out of the manifesto, is that he wants the Constitution suspended or scrapped. The PA are not respecters of the Constitution nor any other law. That might not bother you if you are keen on seeing foreigners run out of the country, but somebody who has as little time for the law as McKenzie has will not let him restrain it him if he wants to increase tariffs, if he wants to raise taxes, if innocent people get shot by the police, or if he wants to send Kenny Kunene out to demolish a building.

  • Bob Dubery says:

    What is this “integrity test”? Mashaba has been up to something similar with “lifestyle audits” (not by actual auditors, you understand). There are no benchmarks here, no objective measurements. Some people invest, and some invest more wisely and so do better on the same salary. This is just crowd pleasing nonsense with no substance to it.

  • Johan Buys says:

    The PA would have us back in 1800’s colonial era. Church and State control over school and business, leveraging primitive concepts such as kings and queens and chiefs for local level implementation. Maybe we need pass books to control the movement of people too? They missed that opportunity.

  • D'Esprit Dan says:

    A manifesto plagiarised from the worst excesses of Donald Trump and Pol Pot! Building walls, bible bashing, hatred of foreigners, supporting big oil, death penalties for enemies of the state (determined by his Holiness Lord-President McKenzie and the sushi-peddler Kenny, no doubt) and tax the rich to death! Um, who are the rich, according to their definition? Anybody with a job? Anyone who pays formal taxes? Where’s the cut off? Because middle-class Saffers are already taxed beyond their means. And a bit of PW Botha, who also tried to leverage traditional leaders to do his bidding. All in all, kinda like the EFF with a dose of bigotry and a lack of any sense.

  • Rae Earl says:

    The apartheid government enforced laws governed by religious dogma. They saw it as guidance from above that what they were doing was good and perfect for the country. Gayton McKenzie is following the same path and would simply swop our hard earned democracy for a second round of rule governed by the church and its complete lack of acumen in anything except its own well being. My regard for Rob Hersov as a heroic force for positive change has, unfortunately, evaporated.

  • Peter Gibb says:

    Any manifesto / political party that places “God” (and as you correctly point out in the headline, which one?) at the top of the list should be treated with huge suspicion. Countries that adopt scripture to guide policy are not exactly top of the lists when it comes to individual freedoms. What is more, in this instance, Mr McKenzie is ramping up to 11 the hypocrisy so often found in religious mouthpieces.

  • Robert de Vos says:

    Gotta love elections! When every morally dubious creature emerges from the swamp.

  • Steve Davidson says:

    Frankly, I’m getting totally gatvol with the religionists(?) in America, Israel and now South Africa. For me, the most dangerous have to be the evangelicals in the States who seem to possess way too much power for everybody’s good. I’ve travelled with quite a few of them on flights to and from CPT where they’ve maybe been on their way to Malawi or other poor African countries to visit their missionary relatives poisoning the minds of the inhabitants to suit their own agendas. These are the God Squad types (like Verwoerd?) who fervently believe the world was created in 6000 years (they used to believe it was 6 days but even they finally realised that was a load of cr*p) and who Demented Donnie has placed in the US Supreme Court to take their country back into the Middle Ages.

    McKenzie sounds like one of them. Idiot.

    • Neil Bromehead says:

      Indeed, the natural mind is at enmity with God. No surprise here from you or the other ‘Atheist’ Squad Types. Just check the mirror before you go evangelising your beliefs too hard there my good man.

      • Johann Hanekom says:

        I agree with you, Neil. People have “replaced” God with themselves as gods. That is why things are as they are in this country and the rest of the world.

      • Johann Hanekom says:

        I agree with you, Neil. People have “replaced” God with themselves as gods. That is why things are as they are in this country and the rest of the world.

    • Jane Crankshaw says:

      So you don’t agree with his policies then ?? LOL!

  • Leon Hugo says:

    Editor finds “Nothing good”….!! ??

  • Gxobinjasambe Mntungwa says:

    Populist movement led by gayton unfortunately our people use emotions when voting if we are using brains people like gayton shouldn’t even stand a chance

  • Joe Public says:

    Gayton proves yet again that stupid criminals can worm their way to the top office. Zuma 2.0 & Gayton, what a choice we have!

  • Terence Hogben says:

    When they say religion in schools do they mean Christianity only? Or do they mean Pagans,Christians, Jewish faith, Islam, Buddhism etc?

  • Deon Schoeman says:

    For what reason does the editor say nothing is good ? Is journalism not about reporting impartially ?? Very surprising …..

  • Hilary Morris says:

    Do these look like the faces of God fearing men? Where else have we heard “Build the wall?” How did that one work out? Hypocrisy alive and well in every election – and voter stupidity rife. Sigh.

  • David de Jong says:

    There goes a large portion of the PA’s coloured vote in the WC who are Muslim.

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