Multi-Party Group Asks for Civil Society Inputs to Guide Forthcoming National Convention

Issued by John Steenhuisen MP – Leader of the Democratic Alliance
10 Aug 2023 in News

Note to Editors: Please find attached a joint press statement by the DA, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, UIM and SNP.

The political parties exploring a multi-party agreement (DA, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, UIM and SNP) have begun a process to reach out to leaders across a wide range of civil society to seek their guidance ahead of the national convention to be held on 16 and 17 August 2023.

The leaders of these political parties have recognised the pivotal role that civil society has played in South Africa in the face of the prolific failures of government. It is equally recognised that significant political change in our country has never arisen from political parties alone, but only through a broader cross-section of society working together to deliver change.

Letters have been sent to the broadest number of civil society organisations, inviting their written inputs into this process and confirming an intention to host an engagement with civil society in the period following a successful National Convention. Written submissions received will form part of the engagements of the beginning of the National Convention in such a manner that the engagements that follow will be guided by the wisdom of civil society.

While the details will require further engagement at the National Convention, it is the view of these political parties that political change that South Africa needs will require a partnership with NGOs, think tanks, organised labour, business, faith-based organisations and many others.

While this invitation to civil society has been extended as broadly as possible, all organisations who wish to make contributions to this crucial Convention are invited to do so. Contributions can be made by written submissions to by Monday 14 August 2023.

Media Enquiries:

DA: Charity McCord, Media Officer to the DA Federal Leader 078 126 2765

IFP: Megan Dick, Office of the IFP President 082 432 1335

FF Plus: Pieter Swart, Media Officer for the FF Plus 065 801 7216

ActionSA: Sam Mgobozi, Communications Director for ActionSA 082 968 4021

UIM: Virginia Young, Media Liaison for UIM 064 283 6781

SNP: Winston Coetzee, Chief Whip of the SNP 082 228 3523

Prof Gumede: (Ms) Zamayirha Peter 079 692 7931

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