Muslim voters hold the balance of power in the Western Cape with 29% or more eligible Muslim voters in the City of Cape says president of AL JAMA-AH Ganief Hendricks in a post on its website after the DA provincial elections in Cape Town this weekend and its claim that it will get 60% of the Cape vote in 2014. The Party noted that not a single Muslim was voted into office and Muslim councillors are being purged from the Metro. The Muslim vote put the DA in power in the City and this provided a springboard for it to topple the ANC in the Province. Like other voters Muslim voters dumped the ANC because of poor governance, factionalism and insulting them by referring them as “Ma Slams”. Indian Muslim voters in Rylands also dumped the ANC because of its negative attitude towards them and the DA won the vote in the predominantly Indian ward which was the late Dullah Omar’s stronghold. A vote for the DA was a spite vote and the redeployment under a cloud of now ambassador Ebrahim Rasool of the ANC and Sheikh Esau of the DA did not help. Muslim voters will now be given an alternative and vote for “Anything but the DA”
The City of Cape Town is set to become a future African City informed by shariah values when Muslims use their swing vote. The three Muslim political parties have developed a good working relationship and is set to use their political bases and support tactically. They have seen that the ANC on its own and the DA on its own do not create the space for Muslims after celebrating 300 years of Islam at the Cape to have its inalienable historical to its own way of life. One cannot have an African City without shariah values being dominant. This will never happen under the DA. So for Muslims to live their faith it is “Anything but the DA.” The DA response to events in Palestine and the desecration of the AL Aqsa mosque is also troubling for Muslims.
This is going to be the AL JAMA-AH message to Muslim voters and voters who do not have a quarrel with Islamic values. The Party is going to be assisted by African shariah leaders to debate policies for local, provincial and national government at a shariah conference and draft proposals how the shariah can inform these policies. This includes the pillars of the Integrated Development Pillars (IDP) of municipalities, the Family policy for the country the recommendations of the 4th Policy Conference of the ANC and the National Development Plan for 2030. Over the next 30 years the shariah will shape life in South African cities.
PRESIDENT AL JAMA-AH