The damaging statement by respected academic Dr Mamphela Ramphele( Sunday Edition -Weekend Argus 21 March 2010 front page) that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has weakened democracy in South Africa and provided the country with inferior political education must not be taken lightly.The IEC has become a lame duck in spite of all its efficiences. She berates the opposition party for poor oversight but maybe does not know that the 12 member Multi Party Forum of which the Aljama-ah politcal Party is a founder member has raised this with the IEC at the highest level and late last year with President Zuma also questioning the independence of the IEC. The signature response of the IEC
The Party was registered by the Independent Electoral Commission as a political Party on 12 June 2007. Its constitution put in place a National working Committee whose term of office expires in December 2012. The Party participated in the 2009 National and Provincial elections as well as two bye-elections in Mitchells Plain and Maneneberg before the elections and a bye election in Atlantis after the elections. The Party is now in a position to give a report back. This report back and round table conference will enable the Party to plan the road ahead for the next 15 years.
The Aljama-ah Political Party will start a process to get a sectoral determination for Imams gazetted to enable Imams to benefit from a Pension or Provident Fund and to be entitled to a range of employment benefits. The process will take place over a period of 18 months if there is sufficient support and interest.
“AFTER ALL THE LOCAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN MAY 2011 IS ALL ABOUT THEIR FUTURE”
“HELP 1000 YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN IN PROVIDING BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY FOR YOU AND FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE”
Most young men and women between the ages of 18 to 24 are unemployed and face a bleak future. It is time that this section of society be given more opportunities. They are our future. Employers will be encouraged to give them jobs by getting a subsidy from the treasury of about R1000 towards their monthly salary for at least two years. The Aljama-ah Political Party wants to take this further and help these young people to win seats as ward councillors in the 2011 municipal elections. The Party has launched a recruitment campaign to attract and select young potential councillors, train them to be councillors and help them campaign to win seats. The Party has also launched an SMS fund raising project to get the community to help finance the recruitment,
The revolution that the people wanted was not on the agenda of the ANC in 1960 in spite of the adoption of the Freedom charter five years earlier in Kliptown. People all over the country became impatient just like they are today. Robert Sobukwe prominent in the ANC broke from it on 6 April 1959 to start the revolution in South Africa the African people wanted hot on the heels of the promises made in the Freedom charter. One year later his PAC liberation movement brandished the flag of the new South Africa and planned to liberate the country and take over the benches of government on 6 April 1960. The revolution was launched on Monday 21 March 1960 and the first step was for African men to walk peacefully to the nearest police station and hand in their pass books which they had to carry on them all the time or be arrested. The British Indians fifty years earlier did the same under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi