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Fri Mar 27 01:46:44 SAST 2015

New political party, the Republican Democrats to contest elections

Sapa | 07 February, 2014 14:17
The Republican Democrats is a libertarian socialist organisation and is officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
Image by: MARKO DJURICA / REUTERS

A new political party, the Republican Democrats, believes in equal opportunity for all citizens, its leader Mosotho Motau said on Friday.

"We aspire to be the vehicle of change of politics in South Africa," he told reporters in Akasia, north of Pretoria.

"We believe that since we were liberated in 1994... much has been done and much has not been done."

The change the country had seen had not been positive change, Motau said.

The party was a libertarian socialist organisation and officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in November last year.

However, Motau said the RD started work in November 2011.

He said the meaning of the party's name derived from two factors.

"One is that we are citizens of the republic and two is from us being beneficiaries of democracy."

Motau said there was no link to politics in the United States.

The RD believed in individual empowerment and in compensating its volunteers.

Membership fees were R15 and for every member a volunteer signed up they would receive R5.

Motau could not give an exact figure of how many members the RD had but said a December audit showed the party had almost 10,000 members.

The RD would contest the 2014 elections with the goal of winning, he said.

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