If you believe the Western Cape should “divorce” South Africa and run itself, then the Cape Party is for you.
The party, which has been around since 2007, says it needs just 5 000 votes to start working towards “freeing” the province from SA.
Party leader Jack Miller said in a statement yesterday: “While the jury might still be out on the long-term effects of Brexit (Britain’s exit from the European Union), the positive implications and effects of the Western Cape seceding from the greater South Africa are indisputable, hence our CapeExit strategy for this coming local election.”
Miller says while they do not expect to win, they are hoping for a minimum of 5 000 stemme to be able to have a voice in running the Cape.
The party has about 10 candidates contesting more than 40 wards in the Western Cape.
Miller says, legally, there is nothing stopping the Western Cape from seceding from the rest of South Africa.
Exiting would allow the fully-independent “Cape Nation” to negotiate its own international trading agreements.
It would be possible to cut taxes and double the services, Miller claimed.
“It is our contention that the ruling party, politically and economically, discriminates against the majority of the Cape people,” he said, referring to the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape.