The Cape Independence Advocacy Group is a non-racial, single-issue lobby group that aims to bring about a referendum on Cape independence.
We believe that the people of the Cape, of all races, cultures, and religions, have a right to decide their own future. Under the current system, it does not matter which political party is elected to provincial leadership, since the ANC still overrules them in every sense, despite the collective people of the Cape having soundly rejected the ANC’s agenda for the past three consecutive elections. We, as the citizens of the Cape, simply cannot continue to live under the ANC’s detrimental minority rule.
The CIAG is not a political party. We do not intend to lead anyone but seek only to build a groundswell of public support that will force our elected leaders to act. The people of the Cape must have the right to be governed by the people they choose, and not by a corrupt cabal a thousand kilometres away in Pretoria. A successful referendum on independence will allow for free and fair elections to take place, thereby giving the people of the Cape the right to choose their own government for the first time in history.
We are already aware that the DA is privately discussing federal autonomy behind closed doors, but we say it’s time for that discussion to come out into public debate. Federal autonomy requires a strong independence movement in order to garner compromise from the national government. The Scottish referendum may not have achieved outright independence, but they did achieve significant federal autonomy on the back of a strong independence movement. In terms of the Western Cape, we are warning the DA that they can either be the kings of the Cape or the paupers of South Africa. Because it is quite clear that they will not be winning a national majority in the foreseeable future. Either they run on an independence ticket in the next election, or they lose their provincial majority as parties like the VF+ (who will be including independence as a part of their own agendas) continue to gain momentum.
In terms of what the South African constitution does or does not allow, it is important to remember that the Apartheid system was constitutionally legal at the time, and opposing Apartheid was not. Yet the end of Apartheid was still brought about by a public referendum, despite the constitution not allowing for it. The point being that there is a fundamental difference between positive law (constitution) and natural law (the will of the people), and while our constitution may not specifically allow for secession, it does also state that our human rights must conform to international laws, which are based entirely upon natural law (and not positive law). Therefore those using the SA constitution as an excuse to dismiss secession are willfully ignoring some inconvenient truths, such as the fact that Apartheid itself was ended by an “unconstitutional” public referendum. See more here: CIAG on Constitutional Law
Our polling data (conducted by the internationally recognized Victory Research firm) shows some very pertinent results, such as 36% of the Western Cape supporting secession, while 47% support a referendum to decide the issue. That means we need just over 14% to actually win a referendum. Furthermore, 64% of the DA’s supporters want a referendum on Cape independence, while 75% of Patricia de Lille’s GOOD party believes that their lives would improve under an independent Cape. And of those who currently support independence, 56% are coloured, 28% are white, and 16% are black.
You can find graphics on our polling data on our news page, here: CIAG Polling
The CIAG, together with several other independence organisations, are now pushing for remedial secession on the grounds that the people of the Western Cape have no meaningful political participation, no prospect of ever obtaining any, and that their human rights are consistently abused by the South African government. The ANC, as the de-facto one-party state, is the central focus of complaints, but the fastest-growing political party in South Africa is the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a radical socialist party whose leader famously publicly stated that they were not yet calling for the slaughter of all whites. No action was taken by either the political or legal authorities in response to these threats.
The Western Cape has only been a part of South Africa for 110 years, and secession is now the logical course of action for an increasing number of citizens who call it home. Inevitably, in South Africa, opponents attempt to accuse the independence campaign of being a “racist” and “pro-white” movement. Yet, in reality, the poll has shown that 70% of independence supporters were either Cape “coloured” or black, and not white.
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