How do I apply for a special vote?
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How do I check if I am registered and where I need to vote?
If you’re in South Africa, you can SMS your ID Number to 32810, and you’ll get a reply from the IEC telling you if and where you are registered.
Alternatively, you can visit the IEC’s website – www.elections.org.za – click on the ‘Am I registered?’ link, and submit your ID number; or you can call their toll-free line, 0800118000.
If you need further assistance, please call the DA’s call-centre on 0861 CALL DA (0861 2255 32) or email email@example.com
What is your position on the current Palestinian crisis?
The DA regrets and is deeply saddened by the loss of innocent Palestinian lives as a result of the current conflict in Gaza. It is our sincere wish that an end is brought to the conflict without delay and that a lasting peace is generated through the creation of a two-state solution, which will see Israel and an independent Palestinian state coexisting in peace and harmony.
Why should I vote DA?
This is a blog post by Daiyaan Halim, one of our volunteers - see his blog here >>
Often, political parties get so passionate about one message during their election campaigns that people feel parties do not adequately describe their policies, and not enough reasons are given to support that party. With the great number of political parties in South Africa, it is difficult to find one that ties up with your personal beliefs. I had this problem and with so many political parties failing to tell us what they’ve done, and what they would do, I had to find out for myself. I have decided to vote DA, and these are 100 of the reasons that are most convincing to me (They are all based on sources cited at the end of the post):
1. The DA has delivered where it has governed.
2.In the Cape Town CBD crime has reduced by 90% since 2000
3.Cape Town is clean both figuratively and literally: in 2007, Cape Town was awarded the department of environmental affairs and tourism’s annual cleanest metro award.
4.Under the DA, the economy in Cape Town has grown and more opportunities have been created.
5.Cape town’s gross geographic product increased by over 12% from R116.6 billion in 2005 - when the ANC governed - to R130.77bn in 2007, under DA rule.
6.Under the DA, government has become more efficient. Within a year of taking over the city, we cut debt by nearly R1bn.
7.The DA has tripled the investment in infrastructure that benefits the public and supports the economy from an average of R1bn per year between 2002 and 2006, under the ANC, to R3.1bn in 2008.
8.The DA has been able to write off debt for the very poor to the value of R1.5-billion.
9.The DA gives you houses:
10. The DA has doubled the average annual rate of housing delivery, from the ANC’s average of 3 000 per year between 2002 and 2006 to an average of 7000 per year between 2006 and 2008.
11.The DA has introduced fairer housing allocation procedures in Cape Town.
12.The DA has speeded up service delivery; they offer free basic services for all.
13.The DA is busy installing electricity and water in the areas that did not receive them when the anc was in government
14.The ANC brought Cape Town to the brink of collapse, but the da saved it and we busy turning it into a success
15.Helen Zille is the only South African mayor to win an international mayor of the year award. Because the world recognises the success of the DA in Cape Town.
16.The DA is the only party to offer an “open opportunity society”
17. The DA stands for a constitution that enshrines the rule of law, individual rights and freedoms, and the separation of powers
18. The DA believes in transparency and accountability, without which governments abuse their power and compromise the freedoms enshrined in the constitution
19. The DA fights for an independent and free-thinking civil society, including a free and independent media and a free and independent political opposition that is loyal to the constitutional order trong>
20. The DA fights for security of person and property
21. The DA preaches a general tolerance of difference on the part of the population
22. The DA desires an economy that is characterized primarily by the free choices of individuals
23. Ultimately, the DA stands for individual freedom and the limitation of state power.
24. The DA does not make empty promises. All of its election promises are backed up by statistics, calculations and fact.
25. When the DA wins it will give citizens control over their own lives, and not allow the state to dictate the course of their daily lives or the direction of their ambitions.
26. When the DA wins it will expand choice, not contract it.
27. When the DA wins it will increase the number of police from 190 000 to 250 000, and ensure that they are fit and properly trained
28. When the DA wins, it will reinstate units to deal with specific types of crime, such as the Scorpions and the Commandos, to allow expertise to be pooled and certain crimes prioritised
29. When the DA wins, it will create a Directorate for Victims of Crime, which will run a national victim support training centre and administer a toll-free hotline for victims
30. When the DA wins, it will ensure that all able-bodied prisoners work, both to equip them with skills they can use when they finish their sentences and to allow them to partly atone for their crimes
31. When the DA wins, it will bring back the Scorpions.
32. When the DA wins, it will create jobs by reducing the corporate tax rate to 27% and create export processing zones to attract labour intensive industries
33. When the DA wins, it will give young South Africans who meet certain conditions an opportunity voucher, which will allow them to subsidise study costs or start a business
34. When the DA wins, it will make an Income Support and Unemployment Grant of R110 per month available to all South Africans earning below R46000 a year who do not receive another state grant
35. When the DA wins, it will allow any South African aged between 16 and 24 to perform a year-long voluntary community service in a school, hospital, municipal office, the SAPS or SANDF.
36. When the DA wins, it will encourage employers to take on young workers through learnership programmes and wage subsidies
37. When the DA wins, it will give control of their classrooms back to teachers with a range of measures, including stronger support for the right to expel disruptive learners and dedicated remedial schools for disruptive learners.
38. When the DA wins, it will ask all teachers to write standardised knowledge assessments in the subjects they teach, and we make pay increases and promotions dependent on the results
39. When the DA wins, it will institute a nation-wide bursary voucher programme aimed at giving 250 000 children from low income families the opportunity to receive a better school education
40. When the DA wins, it will increase the number of teachers by reopening teacher training campuses and reinstituting teacher bursaries.
41. When the DA wins, it will introduce a universal per-child preschool state subsidy for early childhood learning
42. When the DA wins, it will ensure that every hospital and clinic is managed by a person with the training and qualifications to run it successfully
43. When the DA wins, it will make public hospitals subject to strict standards and rigorous performance requirements, similar to those currently expected of private hospitals
44. When the DA wins, it will increase the number of doctors and nurses by removing restrictions that have been placed on training doctors and nurses in the private sector
45. When the DA wins, it will make it possible for patients to collect medicines from any accredited pharmacy where they live, so that they do not have to spend hours travelling to a state hospital
46. When the DA wins, it will boost our AIDS prevention programme by creating a deputy ministry of HIV/AIDS by involving all public representatives in promoting AIDS awareness. And by integrating faith based organisations into the prevention campaign.
47. The DA will bring the private sector into state hospitals making sure that our state hospitals measure up to their private counterparts.
48. The DA has fought for our freedom under the apartheid government and is fighting against the destruction of our constitution today.
49. The DA has its roots in 1959 when members of the United Party broke away to form the Progressive Party. They broke away because they did not support the National Parties segregationist policies which certain factions of the UP agreed with.
50. The forerunners of the DA had very little representation in the apartheid parliament but continued to fight: Helen Suzman was, for thirteen years, the only representative of the Progressive Party in parliament – she is famous for attacking the apartheid government.
51. When the apartheid government attacked her for criticising it in the international arena she stated quite clearly: “It is not my questions that are embarrassing, it is your answers.”
52. Helen Suzman fought against detention without trial; pass laws; influx control; job reservation on the grounds of colour; racially separated amenities; Group Areas; and forced removals
53. The PP took a stand on constitutional reform, and called for an entrenched Constitution that incorporated a Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights would provide for an independent judiciary, and a federal Constitution in which the powers of the provinces would be constitutionally protected.
54. The PP also stood for an economy based upon free enterprise, however it would be 35 years before the members of the Progressive Party saw their ideals realized in South Africa’s interim Constitution.
55. Today, through a series of coalitions, mergers and name changes, the then Progressive Party has become the Democratic Alliance who still strives to ensure democracy and accountability in South Africa.
56. Today, Helen Zille is our Helen Suzman, she has fought against the ANC’s abuse of power and the lack of accountability in South African politics:
57. Helen Zille fights for democracy.
58. Both in CODESA and the subsequent Multi-Party Negotiating Process held at the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park, the (then) DP played a vital role in the negotiation of an Interim Constitution, which included most of the principles and ideals around which the PP was formed in 1959.
59. In the 1994 election, the ANC sought to destroy the DP’s reputation of fighting for freedom by making the DA appear to be racists and telling people that the DP had stolen people’s homes. THIS IS FALSE! They had forgotten that the PP and ANC had worked together to fight the apartheid government.
60. The ANC has lied in every election and failed to deliver on its promises. Vote for a party that delivers, vote DA.
61. The ANC has delivered work – as it promised in the 2004 election campaign – but only to people closely associated with it. The ANC cronies are the only ones to benefit under ANC rule. The DA offers an open opportunity society for ALL.
62. The ANC only gives jobs to ANC members. The ANC only gives food to those that support the ANC. As a South African citizen, you are entitled to all the benefits of employment and aid as stated clearly in our constitution.
63. The ANC has used its vast majority to violate the rules of our constitution by allowing corruption to continue and instead of trying to get rid of it, they cover it up.
64. The DA has been fighting state corruption throughout the rule of the ANC and will put an end to the corrupt use of tax payers’ money.
65. I will not deny that the ANC has achieved something in their 15 years in power. Moreover, they have probably done more good than bad, but with 15 years, they could have achieved a lot more. In three years, the DA has achieved far more in the City of Cape Town than the ANC in any of the great municipalities including the City of Joburg, Tswane and Ethekwini. Imagine what the DA could do if they applied those principles of good governance at State level.
66. Under the ANC South Africans are dying.
67. Under the ANC our health system is disintegrating.
68. The former head of the ANC and minister of health have denied that HIV causes AIDS, instead telling people to eat beetroot when South Africa has the highest number of people infected with the virus, and the highest rate of infection! The current head of the ANC stated unequivocally that he could wash away the possibility of AIDS with a shower! The DA has fought and continues to fight the ANC on its AIDS policies.
69. The ANC supports totalitarian and non democratic governments:
70. The ANC failed to take a pro active stance on Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.
71. The ANC supports the former Sudanese dictator, Omar Al-Bashir who murdered countless people in genocide.
72. The ANC has highly questionable ties to communist China.
73. The ANC who fought for human rights and freedom is now supporting those who deteriorate it. Ask the Dalai Lama. We need put a stop to our ties with criminal and communist states and leaders.
74. The DA has fought against the government’s stance on Zimbabwe and has lobbied for action – the kind of action the world expected: Something. The ANC did nothing.
75. The DA has stated unequivocally that it condemns the ANC’s decision to deny a visa to the Dalai Lama.
76. The ANC has the capability, and will (it appears), to turn South Africa into a communist state.
77. The ANC was trained by the communist Soviet Union and still employs many communist habits. (Ask your ‘comrades’ in the ANC)
78. Today it is highly speculated, and believed proven in some circles, that the ANC is funded by the communist China.
79. The ANC’s management of the economy has sought to centralise all public amenities (typical of any communist state) which has led to the failure of infrastructure and results in inconvenience for taxpaying citizens who have to sit in the dark (load shedding).
80. The DA, who is a liberal party, plans to stop this by allowing for the privatisation of such institutions.
81. The ANC is attempting to amend the constitution and centralise government in the national sphere which effectively means that the heads of government would be able to decide what happens on the ground and take away power from municipalities. This must be stopped!
82. The ANC is attempting to destroy one of the checks and balances of our constitution by abusing its power and consolidating power in the executive.
83. The DA has been campaigning against this policy as the DA understands that our constitution must be protected and that checks and balances must be present in all levels of government.
84. Liberal states are more powerful, more resourceful and wealthier than communist states. It is proven by the fact that the Group of Eight Most Powerful Nations in the world (G8) are all liberal democracies.
85. Jacob Zuma has failed to clear his name in a court of aw.
86. Jacob Zuma was neither vindicated nor acquitted. Only a court can find him innocent. The NPA’s decision only prevents him from standing trial. It is not constitutionally mandated to decide on the innocence or guilt of an accused.
87. Jacob Zuma has enough evidence to prove him guilty by the mere fact that Shabir Shaik was convicted for engaging in a “generally corrupt relationship” with Jacob Zuma. It takes two to tango.
88. Vote DA to stop the ANC
89. THE MAIN REASON I WILL BE VOTING DA IS BECAUSE OUR CONSTITUTION WILL FAIL WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY.
90. The DA has done an excellent job as the official opposition by questioning ANC policies and motives since 1994, and not only during the election period. This is a constitutional imperative ensuring checks and balances and the DA has delivered on that, even if it was excessive or ineffective at times.
91. The South African election is not a popularity contest. You do not vote overwhelmingly for the biggest personality or vote for someone just because everyone else is doing it. The point of elections is to allow South Africans to show their approval or disapproval.
92. The point of elections is to allow for a change of government where the previous one has failed.
93. Our electoral system can only be effective where one party does not have an absolute majority in parliament. When a party has too much power it detracts from the very essence of democracy because accountability is reduced.
94. No party should have so much power that they can unilaterally amend the constitution or create and repeal laws without being challenged.
95. A legitimate government is able to fight for what they believe in and if they are proven right through debate, they should be allowed to do as they have planned. They should not be allowed to go ahead with their objectives without those objectives being questioned. No matter how right the party is or how wrong the opposition is.
96. THE DA IS THE ONLY REAL, PROVEN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ANC!
97. THE DA IS THE ONLY TRUE LIBERAL PARTY IN SOUTH AFRICA!
98. THE DA IS THE ONLY PARTY TO RECIEVE INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR THE GOOD IT DOES – THE ANC RECIEVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION, BUT FOR ITS HOPELESS POLICIES.
99. THE DA IS THE ONLY PARTY WHO TRUELY STANDS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY.
100. THE DA CARES ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA!
VOTE FOR HOPE.
VOTE FOR CHANGE.
VOTE FOR PROSPERITY.
VOTE FOR SECURITY.
VOTE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
ON WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL 2009.
This blog post is based on fact reported in the media, the DA election manifesto, opinion of leading political analysts and facts cited by reputable historical and research sources. Many of the points made are direct quotes from these sources. All conclusions are inferences from those sources.
Click on the links below to view the internet sources used:
Here is a list of books and journal articles used:
Heywood, A., 2007. Political Ideologies. Palgrave MacMillan, New York.
Malherbe, E.F.J. and Rautenbach, I.M., 2004. Constitutional Law 4th Edition. LexisNexus Butterworths, Durban.
Sadie, Y., 2006. “Political Parties, Interest Groups and Social Movements”, in Venter, A. and Landsbers, C. (eds), Government and Politics in the New South Africa. Van Schaik Publishers, Pretoria.
Venter, A., 2006. “The Context of Contemporary South African Politics”, in Venter, A. and Landsberg, C. (eds.), Government and Politics in the New South Africa. Van Schaik Publishers, Pretoria.
Leon, T., 2008. “ An Imperfect Democracy: The Case of South Africa”. Harvard International Review, Vol. 3(50).
Lutz, D.S., 2000. “Thinking about Constitutionalism at the Start of the Twenty-Fir