Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

Elections 2019: Here are the parties who missed the mark

voting stations open and close 2019 elections south africans voteWhile all eyes are at the top of the leader board to see with parties win which regions during the 2019 elections, let’s have a look at the some of the guys at the bottom of the list who won’t be securing any seats in parliament.

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Most notorious on the board’s nether region is the African Content Movement (ACM) with Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the helm. Motsoeneng was pretty confident on election day that he will rule the country after all of this is over.

Reality paints a different picture. At the time of publishing, ACM secured only 0.02% of the votes, or a grand total of 3 008. But hey, only 79% of the votes have been tallied; maybe his dream will still come true. Spoiler alert, it won’t.

But then there’s also the National People’s Ambassadors (NPA), the South African Maintenance and Estate Association (SAMEBA) and the People’s Revolutionary Movement (PRM).

Elections 2019: The bottom three

National People’s Ambassadors (NPA)

Considered to be similar to the EFF in many ways, the NPA is described as a “radical, left, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement with an internationalist outlook.”

As it stands, they’ve also secured 1 379 votes. The party officially registered with the IEC to contest the 2016 local elections. That same year, the party’s Secretary General Andile Hlatshwayo brought charges of treason against EFF leader Julius Malema.

Back in 2018, the party called on South Africans to refrain from supporting “shops owned by foreigners.” It also insinuated that “human traffic and the heavy supply of drugs” would decrease if “illegal foreigners [go] back to their countries.”

South African Maintenance and Estate Association (SAMEBA)

The SAMEBA, unfortunately, has no online presence. While not much information is available about the party, we know that they contested the 2014 general elections in Limpopo but failed to secure a seat.

In addition, the party only garnered about 0.08% support in Limpopo. The situation is looking a tad bit worse this year, as they’re still sitting on 0.01% with 1 683 votes.

Their platform consists of two main elements; child maintenance and beneficiaries of estates.

People’s Revolutionary Movement (PRM)

The PRM was founded in November 2016, meaning this is the first time they are contesting the national elections. Their manifesto – titled Defend The Poorhighlights the party’s disillusionment with the democracy:

“The 1994 strategic democratic breakthrough did not bring about the economic ownership by the native South Africans in their land. The poor remain poorer albeit under the new environment of the same Capitalist mode of production. The more things change, the more they remain the same.”

The party also vowed to defend street traders and informal businesses, adding that it would “bring dignity to the business owners” and that “no foreign national shall access sites for trade as long as South Africans need a space for trade.”

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