JOHANNESBURG - Political party Rise Mzansi delivered what it believes is the blueprint that can arrest South Africa’s decline, as the country readies for this year’s general elections.
Party leader Songezo Zibi tabled what he calls the ‘People’s Manifesto’ in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon, where he set out the party’s five priorities.
Leadership and governance, safety and the rule of law, economy and jobs, community as well as the climate crisis are top of the party’s agenda.
Rise Mzansi also used the event to share its stance on contentious issues such as immigration and foreign policy.
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The party’s maiden manifesto can be described as an impassioned plea for South Africans to fight for the country’s future.
While Zibi admitted that reconfiguring the country’s socioeconomic outlook is a difficult feat, he said theirs is not an offering of miracles.
A great part of his speech spoke to the issue of leadership.
“South Africa needs new leaders, with vision and purpose and a strong sense of patriotism. These people don’t love our country, you don’t steal from the people if you love the country, if you love the people."
Some of Rise Mzansi’s plans include bringing an immediate end to cadre deployment, placing non-performing municipalities under administration, and a trimmer cabinet.
It also aims to introduce food vouchers and invest in rehabilitation and counselling facilities for those battling with issues of addiction.