There is no name to this party yet. The SANC was shot down, the SADC (pretty rubbish name anyways) was also rejected as SADeC as well as SADC both already exist. But nevertheless over 6000 people attended the Shikota conference on 1 & 2 November in the Sandton Convention Centre.
There was a lot of coverage of the event from various organisations writing stories, producing content and spreading the news.
Here are some videos from Zoopy:
Crowds at the conference:
Shilowa concluding the conference:
I have been following the worlds politics with great intent this year, so much so that my friends and family scarcely bring it up anymore for fear of getting me started. I don’t care to be honest, these are important and exciting times and politics can longer be regarded as a no-no in discussion. It needs to be debated, fought over and painstakingly analyzed. If you don’t agree then best you start doing some research and studying on the topic because it’s about time you started learning.
My thoughts are very simple in regard to Shilowa, Lekota and the SANC/ SADC.
Firstly I am pretty sad that the ANC contested the party name “SANC” as I think this name would’ve been a simple transition for voters at the polls next year. I think that the “South” part of the ANC would’ve made the party more localised, centralised and relatable to the South African voters. However it was not to be.
I am not fond of this name and in fact, I am very, very glad that it has been ruled out. Why can’t they just go with something simple, relevant and easy to support? I have no thoughts in this regard particularly but I would love to know if you have any great ideas on what the party should be called.
Is still in play here. Is still the key issue in SA at the moment. Whether the media wants us to know this or not is irrelevant because the truth of the matter is that the SANC/SADC/DA/ANC/ID or any other party are relatively irrelevant because democracy is the most import thing, not a party.
The establishment of new party is not a particularly important matter of course in the greater scheme of politics for the next elections. What the establishment of this party has done is illustrate to South Africans that our democracy is still in a working order. We are still able to have parties break up, split, fracture and rebuild. The individual human in this country is still able to make a stand – just as Lekota and his allies did.
We need to be wary, cautious and sure of our intentions at this very delicate time in South Africa’s present and future. We need to be sure that we aren’t voting for a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Shikota), that our greatest “enemy” as the DA might put it could be the best enemy we have (Zuma) because we know his short comings and faults and we need to vote. We need to activate the effectiveness of a democracy and vote.
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