Ahead of the 7 May National Elections you would do well to acquaint yourself with the Political Parties registered on the National level for the elections.
Today we introduce you to: Abolition Of Income Tax And Usury Party – AITUP
IEC Status: Registered
Contact person: SM GOODSON
Telephone: 028 2738887
Fax: 028 2738887
Postal address: P. O. BOX 360, PRINGLE BAY, 7196
MANIFESTO AND POLICY POSITIONS OF THE ABOLITION OF INCOME TAX AND USURY PARTY:
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party holds that Income Tax is a Marxist invention (point number two of the Communist Manifesto) and should be done away with in a reconstructed South Africa functioning under a new economic system. The system is called Zero Income Tax or Z.I.T.
Income Tax is a system of economic enslavement which is relatively new to this country, only coming into use in 1914 in the greater South Africa. We are convinced that it is a disincentive to economic growth, creating individual misfortune and creating a social climate of dishonesty. The system today is in chaos – many people fall outside “the net” while many others side-step it through “legal” avoidance because they are in a position to pay for the services of so-called tax experts. In a reconstructed South Africa the experts – bookkeepers, tax accountants, and such – will still have work, however, and plenty of it.
Our party’s economic system will create a climate of growth and new job opportunities will abound. Entrepreneurs and everyone else will be empowered to earn an honest living without the present feeling of guilt and fear of being caught out by what has become a veritable tax police. Because there will be no taxation of income, everyone will reap the benefits of the abundance of local skills, expertise and the fundamental wealth of this country, something which presently is dampened by the ogre of the taxman. Entrepreneurs and ordinary people alike will therefore create jobs for many others and investment by people and businesses from foreign countries will clamour at South Africa’s doors to be allowed in.
The “how” of the system can briefly be explained by saying that the state will form partnerships with bigger companies and institutions, such as mines, corporate farming (so-called “agri-business”) et cetera. Identified conglomerate and/or monopolistic enterprises will be invited to have the state as a partner in a similar way, for example, that Anglo American Corporation has a partnership with Botswana in respect of their Debswana diamond enterprise as well as their potash venture in that country, and also with the state of Namibia with their diamond mining operation (Namdeb) in that country along the Atlantic seaboard in what is known as the Sperrgebiet
As far as the major mineral and precious metals mining industries of South Africa are concerned, we also plan to become the buyer of first resort of the output of the mines and the major, if not the only, marketing agent. As the major producer of gold and many other minerals (strategic and otherwise), South Africa will eventually have control over the pricing of these commodities.
Mining companies and other large businesses that participate in the partnership scheme will be required to invest their share of the profits in the Republic for a period of not less than five years. This condition will apply in respect of local as well as foreign-based companies. The effect of this will be a lag time of five years which will benefit the Republic’s economy while not depriving investors of their legitimate returns on investments.
EXPENDITURE TAX – Just Another Form of Taxing Income
When tax on expenditure first came into being, the people of South Africa were promised that it would replace Income Tax in due time. We all now know this never happened and that the General Sales Tax (GST) has until today not relieved the Income Tax burden on the people of South Africa. Over time the then GST which started out at 4% changed into the present-day “Value Added Tax” (VAT) at 14%.
Expenditure tax by whatever name is nevertheless also a tax on income as it is levied on the remainder of one’s income after paying Income Tax. The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party will discontinue this form of taxing income. This concept is known as “Zero Expenditure Tax” or Z.E.T.
The Rationale behind the Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. System (or Honest Money System)
Before 1914 what became known as South Africa (and this goes for the independent Boer Republics as well) grew economically strong, built harbours, roads, bridges, hospitals, and all manner of other state-owned and serviced amenities for its people (even while being assessed for payments to its colonial power, England) without requiring the Marxist-inspired tax on income or its later offshoot, expenditure tax. It is therefore demonstrably possible to do away with these forms of taxation.
All other taxes, such as excise tax, customs duty, licenses, deposits and so forth, will continue until investigation has proved them also to be redundant, at which time the necessary adjustments will be made. With the system of Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. in full operation, the economy of the Republic of South Africa will boom and continue to boom and its people will be happy, content and peaceful as never before. The fruits of their labour, their income, will belong to them only, and there will not be what can be termed a parasitic government creaming off part of their labour.
The South African Reserve Bank – A Private Bank
Full control over the functioning of the S.A. Reserve Bank will rest with the Department of the Treasury of the government of the Republic of South Africa. The present situation that it is owned and controlled by individuals, designs the Act that regulates it, and sets economic policy for the Republic, is indefensible and patently morally and ethically wrong. A central bank which in essence is a private concern cannot be allowed to be a player as well as the referee (see Note 3). Those serving as directors and officials at the time the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party assumes power will continue to serve until, if necessary, replaced by other officials. The nation’s Bank will be the sole provider/creator of credit out of nothing.
Note 1 The CONSTITUTION of South Africa will entrench immutably the principle that only the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa has the right to print and mint the legal tender of the Republic and set monetary policy and will be charged with monitoring the amount of currency in existence on a regular basis and adjusting monetary policy as and when required by circumstances so as to promote stability in the economy.
The present situation whereby South African commercial banks as well as other entities in fact control our central bank (the S.A. Reserve Bank) is untenable and will not be allowed to continue under the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party.
Note 2 For further reading on this subject the speeches of the late Senator Sidney J. Smith in the Senate of the then Union of South Africa (circa 1940) are highly recommended.
Note 3 In his address to the seventy first annual general meeting (1991) of the SA Reserve Bank, the then governor of the bank, Dr Chris Stals, clearly stated that the bank is “a privately owned institution”.
The charging of interest will be phased out in all spheres of banking and the income of banks will be dependent on the service supplied and charged for by this sector of our economy, the profits they can generate by going into partnership arrangements with their clients and other legitimate dealings.
Note 1 The inter-relationship of interest charges and inflation cannot be denied, for, just as in the case of collecting Income Tax and Expenditure Tax from the general public, the charging of interest (usury) is the main driving force of reducing the value of money – i.e. inflation. The view that money is a commodity, to be bought and sold, is another value-reducing (and potentially manipulative) factor in our economy. Both of these will be countered by the envisaged usury-free HONEST MONEY SYSTEM to be inaugurated by the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party.
Note 2 The money supply will be effectively monitored on a regular basis so that there will be no extended periods of over- or under-supply which are the root causes of inflation and deflation respectively. The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party views money as being important only on a national or regional basis. The value of other currencies will therefore not play a role in determining the value of our currency. Under these conditions there will thus be little or no interference by other countries in setting a value on our currency unit. Any attempts by foreign powers to influence our currency will in the first instance be countered through economic measures.
Note 3 All countries presently linked to our currency will be invited to follow suit and trading arrangements presently in effect will be honoured until such time the envisaged barter system is in full effect. Our immediate trading partners in the rand monetary area (and postal union) will grow economically with us as the benefits of the HONEST MONEY SYSTEM works its way through to full adulthood. Their (and our) dependence on handouts and so-called loans and welfare from international bodies or governments will rapidly diminish.
ECONOMIC POLICY IN GENERAL
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has a FREE-ENTERPRISE POLICY. Government will exert only the absolute minimum interference with the economy and the people will be allowed to find their own level of economic activity.
Protection will in certain cases be afforded the Republic’s producers in line with the incentives, protections and subsidisation policies of our major and minor trading partners.
Incentives in respect of exports (and in certain cases imports as well) will be inaugurated to stimulate trade with other countries. The central theme will be focussed on economic growth and self-sufficiency. Exports of excess agricultural production as well as other produce and manufactures will be encouraged while the importation of luxury goods (as well as services) will be taxed for the benefit of local producers, manufacturers, traders and service providers.
Under the Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. system primary and secondary industries will be encouraged and the government under the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party (mainly through the Department of Trade and Industry) will concentrate on smoothing the way for all producers, traders, exporters and importers, and levelling the playing field. The establishment and broadening of a genuine free-market, free-enterprise, culture will be one of the highest priorities.
So-called “free trade” will be systematically discontinued and BARTER with our foreign trading partners will be encouraged, thereby significantly reducing the need to maintain foreign exchange reserves.
The Republic’s continued participation in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the later Multilateral Trade Organization (MTO) or World Trade Organization (WTO) will be re-examined as to its beneficiality.
So-called “loans” from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund as well as other international banks will be discontinued and any existing “loans” will be repaid as expeditiously as possible.
Meddling by foreign countries, corporations and/or individuals will be discouraged vigorously but genuine investment with no ulterior motives will be encouraged. The laws pertaining to those individuals, companies or governments who invest in the building of factories or the setting up of businesses of other descrip-tion in the Republic, will be similar to those pertaining to the mining industry – viz. a partnership arrangement with compulsory re-investment of profits for a period of not less than five years.
Chemical, oil and steel industries, electricity and water supply, roads and bridge building, mass transportation, harbours, airports, forestry and wood production, education, health, security of the state, among others, will all to greater or lesser degree resort under state control as is presently the case.
In respect of those industries which are wholly the responsibility of the state (or where the state plays the major role) the workers will share in profits. The workers will get one third of the profits generated by such state controlled industries and the state the balance. In cases where there are investors (local or foreign) their share of the profits will come out of the state’s portion.
Note The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has the view that the economy is important in as much as it affects the happiness and welfare of the citizens of the Republic and it will make every effort to facilitate this. It is an historical verity that from the time the taxing of income came into being successive generations were systematically led to believe otherwise. Since that time the economy became important to governments only as a source of raising revenue while leaving the issuance of money to private individuals or corporations (i.e. the banking industry) to further tax citizens through usury (the non-productive charging of interest). The disastrous results of this approach are today everywhere visible – in high inflation or deflation, personal debt and so-called national debt, all of which serve to impoverish citizens and the state itself.
The time to shatter the false premises that governments should leave the issuance of money to mere individuals while it concentrates on methods to confiscate a share of the labours, expertise and entrepreneurship of the citizens of whom they are in reality the servants, is long overdue. The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party means to set the record straight in this regard.
With the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party in power there will be MORE JUSTICE THAN LAW. There will be clear, simple and understandable laws. The existing laws will be simplified and streamlined. Laws will be applied without favour or exception across the board. The spirit of the law will predominate over the rule of the law. Everyone will be equal under the law.
The legal system will be made affordable and access to legal advice will be open to all. The system of pro bono will be enlarged to assist those citizens who cannot afford legal help. Sentenced criminals will be employed in society as is the case in certain states of the United States of America where chain-gangs are coming into vogue again (e.g. the state of Arizona). Depending on the severity of their offences criminals will be placed in service of those they had preyed upon, the communities they derive from, or society in general.
Criminals so placed will, however, not be treated as slaves as they too have inherent human rights. Those they serve will on the other hand not be used as jailers. Any repeat offence or absconding from such service will add to their terms of service and more stringent measures will be taken to avoid such repeats.
As far as convicted murderers, rapists and drug dealers are concerned, the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party would favour the reintroduction of the death penalty as an interim measure. The present Act in this regard which in effect rates the rights of murderers, rapists and drug traffickers higher than those of the victims is no deterrent against such actions and dealings, will be repealed and replaced with a more sensible Act. The Republic’s laws will be seen to be applied.
With this approach the Republic’s present state of lawlessness, virtual institutionalised corruptness and criminality as well as the violence-prone situation, will diminish in short order.
OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT
Under the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party the government will at all times conduct itself in an open and transparent manner and, as is the case in Scandinavian countries, citizens will have the right to inspect anything and everything that passes through ministerial offices. The only exception to this will be where it conflicts with matters concerning the security of the state. All ministers and highly placed government functionaries will be required to submit a statement of all their assets (particularly where it concerns their own or their immediate family’s shareholding in public and/or private companies) and this will be required to be updated every three months. Stockbrokers will be required to submit a statement of share transactions as and when these concern such ministers and highly placed government functionaries or their immediate families.
A statement of all gifts offered and/or received by any of the mentioned personages. whether monetary or in another form, above a certain minimum value, will have to be submitted for scrutiny to parliament (and therefore the general public). If a minister or highly placed government functionary is in breach of this stipulation he or she will be required to resign. Failing this he or she will be instantly dismissed with seizure of at least the so-procured assets. He or she will furthermore be arrested and stand trial for this transgression.
SECURITY OF THE STATE
Defence of the State
A well paid professional defence force will be inaugurated. The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is against conscrip-tion. There will, however, be service to the state for a period of six months after young adults leave school (and after they had reached the age of 17). The Swiss model in this regard will be followed.
Due to our extensive shorelines and given our nation’s expertise in shipbuilding, the Republic can and must become a major naval player. The SA Navy’s fleet will therefore be enlarged to the level required to service the Republic’s needs in respect of defence and the protection of maritime assets.
The police will receive higher pay, commensurate with their responsibilities, and their dangerous working conditions will be improved. The increased emoluments will be over and above the real increases everyone would be receiving as a result of the Honest Money System brought about by Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. and the abolition of usury.
The right to defend and protect life and property will be entrenched in the Constitution. The ownership and bearing of arms for self-protection, sport and leisure will be an inalienable right protected by the Constitution.
FREE ELECTRICITY FOR ALL
Electric Power to the People
Just as in the case of many oil rich countries, the Republic of South Africa has within its borders an energy source which rightly belongs to all. In some oil rich countries, especially those bordering the Gulf, the state supplies free education, health care (state-run hospitals and clinics) and other services. They can do so because they consider the energy source in their soil as a national asset. It works well even while there is sure to be some corruption present.
In South Africa we have only a modest amount of oil, but this country does contain vast reserves of coal, the means to generate cheap electricity. It is this national asset, coal, which can be utilised for the good of all at no cost other than the installation costs at point of use. The actual supply of electricity should not be charged for at all.
As described above, under an Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party government utilising the Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. system the coal producing companies (like other mining companies, etc.) will be in partnership with the state. However, the provisions pertaining to coal companies will be adjusted so that the state’s share will be part of the production, delivered to strategic places where it can be used or exported.
Coal producing companies will be required to deliver the state’s share of each grade of coal, some of which will be utilised to generate electric power while others will be exported by the government to its trading partners. In the latter case the earnings, whether in money, credit, specie or other products or commodities, will be for the benefit of the general population. Depending on what arrangements are arrived at, the development and/or upkeep of power stations, as well as the reticulation of the requisite power grid, will be facilitated by the exports.
It is envisaged that this arrangement will first and foremost be applicable to private individuals but there is no reason why it should not also be available to industry in general.
Schooling will be compulsory to age 16 and will be free. There will be compulsory courses in real history, mathematics and science. In major urban centres communities will be allowed to choose between either English or Afrikaans as the main tuition language. The tuition language(s) of rural communities will similarly be their choice, but due to the national need that citizens should be prepared to function well in society, rural communities will be allowed to choose between English or Afrikaans as their main tuition language from grade eight (standard six). Where the numbers warrant it, all local languages will be available as subjects in the higher classes.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has the view that technical training should have a high priority and that life and business skills as well as the development of logical thinking should be similarly prioritised.
Tertiary education will be made affordable to all students with the required pass rates and a certain percentage of admissions will be allocated to universities in respect of those students who cannot afford the fees. In certain cases free universities will be established where the need warrants it.
Private universities and colleges will be encouraged without encumbrances or interference from the state other than the minimum standard of tutors, where at least one of the principal members of the institution will be in possession of the requisite minimum requirements. Accreditation in respect of qualifications achieved at these private institutions will be left to commerce and industry, and society in general.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party does not stand for a welfare state. With a system of Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. individuals, (the people), will be afforded the greatest assistance in helping themselves. Education (see separate heading) will assist everyone in preparing for a fruitful economic life.
The state’s function will be one of protection and not prescrip-tion as far as the individual goes. Small entrepreneurs will therefore be encouraged and job creation will be left to the people themselves.
Notwithstanding the aforementioned the state will inaugurate voluntary programmes whereby the unemployed will be allowed to do work in service of society in general.
The cost of health care has been allowed to rise beyond the point of affordability. The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party views it as an urgent priority to make health care affordable to all of the Republic’s citizens. With the Z.I.T. and Z.E.T. systems in operation and with the benefits of a usury-free banking industry becoming apparent, the cost of health care will almost immediately come down.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party will invite the Life Assurance industry to participate in building hospitals, clinics and care centres at primary and secondary level and to make available affordable state-of-the-art amenities and services. They may as a first step make their clinics and hospitals available to their policyholders at reduced rates and use this as a selling point to attract more business.
The first benefit of such a programme will be that millions of South Africans will receive less expensive health care because they are policyholders. The second benefit would be that other privately owned clinics and hospitals will have to reduce their tariffs so as to compete. The third benefit would be that sorely pressed medical aid schemes will be relieved of excessively high claims and they will therefore be enabled to reduce their membership rates or at the least to keep them static for longer periods of time.
A healthy approach to living will be encouraged to be taught from early on at school level engendering a healthy lifestyle in future generations. Hygiene, healthy habits and physical exercise will form part of the regimen of primary health education.
WELFARE AND PENSIONS
Although the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party does not stand for a welfare state per se it acknowledges the legitimate rights of the aged and disabled to a quality life. State-sanctioned inflation and usury as it has been allowed to develop within the dishonest money system have deprived most elderly people of their life savings and destroyed their quality of life. With the HONEST MONEY SYSTEM as advocated by the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party this situation will be reversed with the result that the value of money will increase and the cost for goods and services will fall.
All the points of this Manifesto bear out the fact that the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has it as its purpose to improve the welfare and quality of life of all the citizens of the Republic, whether this is in respect of Education, Health Care, Pensions or any of the other needs of citizens.
Old age, disability and war veterans pensions will be set and maintained at a level conducive of achieving a quality of life seldom experienced in the Republic’s past.
A State Pension Fund similar to that existing in most European countries will be inaugurated to which all able-bodied and employed citizens will be required to contribute for a prescribed minimum period. The state pension so funded will become payable to all citizens upon reaching a certain age irrespective of other assets owned by pension applicants, their private pension provision or their level of income.
Unemployment benefits will be funded by a State Unemployment Fund to which all able-bodied and employed citizens will be required to contribute while gainfully employed. The deductions in respect of this will be the responsibility of employers who will be required to remit such collected contributions to the State Unemployment Fund. The self-employed may choose to contribute as well. Benefits paid from this fund will be pro-rata the contributions made but will in any event not be less than fifty per cent of the level of income at the time of becoming unemployed. Other parameters such as the waiting period before claiming, the duration of benefit receipt per year and so forth will be negotiated at a later time.
A State Employment Register of the unemployed, detailing their qualifications, experience, skills or propensities will be kept, from which source employers will be enabled to draw their employee needs.
The Honest Money System of the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party will ensure that Citizens can purchase a primary dwelling with interest-free loans. The current situation where commercial banks sometimes charge in excess of 20%, resulting in the owner paying off the entire capital portion of the loan in the space of three and a half years and still owning only a small fraction of his/her property, will be disallowed with immediate effect. Funds thus released will enhance the general wealth of the public and reduce demands on the fiscus.
THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party will make it a priority to investigate, initiate and promote the use of alternative energy sources which will not harm the environment. There are many patents in existence for alternative sources of energy which to date vested interests have not allowed to be implemented. The implementation and use, however, of such clean energy sources, whether for public or private transportation or for the inexpensive, renewable and sustainable generation of electricity and so forth, will reduce our dependence on the fossil fuel culture which has such detrimental effects on the environment and ecology in general. [ As examples of what is meant here one can mention fuel efficient motor vehicles (of which many of the relevant patent numbers are known to the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party some of which have a ten-fold improvement on vehicular fuel economy), solar power (proven technology exists), wind power, fuel cells, battery power, flywheel or gyroscope power (as developed in Australia), and hydro-electricity (a well proven renewable and sustainable resource). All of the mentioned sources are to greater or lesser degree already in use but the development and implementation of most, if not all, of them is being purposely held back from development and universal use by vested interests. Most importantly, most of the alternative sources of energy are environmentally very clean sources creating few, if any, detrimental effects and they are infinitely renewable. ]
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is not for the proliferation of the use of nuclear power in any form. However, the safe continued use of the sole existing nuclear power station (Koeberg) will be allowed to the end of its useful life after which it will be safely and cleanly dismantled.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is for better farming methods and less chemical abuse of our soil and water supplies. To this end farmers and similar producers will be encouraged to apply organic farming methods. Education in this respect will be given to our farmers, old and new, with due emphasis on the benefits of the system of crop rotation while on the other hand the public will be educated regarding the benefits of such production methods for their own health and welfare. All of this will be phased in over a relatively short period of time- say five years.
Before the go-ahead is given for the establishment of new industries which have the potential to create pollution the aspirant industrialists, over and above conducting the usual impact studies, will have to sign a code of conduct in respect of their operations. Penalties will be enforced in respect of infringements of the code of conduct and clean-ups as well as the costs of compensation to affected parties will be for the account of the polluters. Established companies will likewise be expected to sign the code of conduct and if there is adequate proof that their activities are detrimental to the communities near which they operate, companies found to be polluting or creating a nuisance through their operations will be required to relocate to other more suitable areas or cease their operations altogether.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is wholly against using any area of the Republic for the dumping of foreign-derived hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste. Similarly the processing of foreign-derived hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste will not be allowed under any circumstances.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is for the implementation of legislation similar to that existing in the United States of America to which end an Environmental “Super Fund” will be established in the Republic. The “cradle to grave” as well as the “polluter must pay” approaches will be enforced.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party puts great value on our natural environment and has the view that it must be managed and protected for the benefit of the existing as well as future generations in as pristine a state as possible and that the sustainable utilization of eco-systems are a high priority. To this end all land uses will be scrutinized and, more specifically, national natural park areas will be either consolidated or enlarged and where necessary managed co-operatively with indigenous communities.
The development and promotion of so-called eco-tourism will be a high priority.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party stands for strictly controlled immigration. Illegal aliens will be vigorously tracked down and repatriated humanely (see Illegal Immigration).
Immigrants with skills, expertise and proven potential will receive priority treatment. Potential immigrants who offer only their labour will not be highly rated. The internal excess labour must be served first and foremost.
Immigrants who do not become naturalised citizens will be barred from any political activity. The period required to become a South African will be extended to TEN years and the offspring of non-naturalised residents will not be granted automatic South African citizenship.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has the view that illegal immigrants are harmful to our economy and society in general and they should therefore be traced and repatriated to their countries of origin. Our borders should be guarded against the incursion of illegal immigrants. In the case of visitors or tourists who transgress their visa requirements these should likewise be traced and repatriated. In all cases of this nature a record of such persons will be kept and multiple offenders will be dealt with severely, which measures will include serving jail terms before repatriation.
As an interim step towards the envisaged free enterprise, non-centrally controlled administration of government at every level, local government bodies (municipalities) will be operated in line with the suggestions in this regard which were made to the now defunct President’s Council and more specifically to those from the Bothasig Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association with the exception of their references to Income Tax other than as can be used in a possible interim phase.
SPORT AND RECREATION
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party will assist in establishing a healthy approach to recreation and sport at primary level (i.e. school level) but will refrain from active participation at all other levels other than clearing the way for international contact. Sport should regulate itself.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party stands for religious freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of association or dis-association, freedom of movement and all the other freedoms generally accepted in democracies world-wide. These freedoms will be entrenched in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
DRUG TRADE AND DRUG ABUSE
Drug trafficking will be effectively countered with particularly harsh penalties applicable to those found guilty of this heinous crime against society and, as mentioned under “Legal System” (i.e. as an interim measure), this will include the death penalty for convicted drug lords. Those found to be addicted to the use of illegal drugs and other chemical substances will be removed from society and treated in a humane way until cured of their addiction.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party will outlaw secret societies. As in the United Kingdom such societies will have to register with the government and a list of their members will have to be submitted and made public.
No member of parliament or highly placed government functionary may be a member of a secret society. For a candidate to be eligible to stand for parliament a period of at least three years will have to elapse from the time of resignation from a secret society.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is pro-capitalist but anti-super capitalist, particularly when last-mentioned are developed into monopolies.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party is pro-life. Abortion on demand will not be available without regard to other factors. Abortion will, however, be permitted in cases where the life of the mother is at risk; in cases of rape victims falling pregnant; in cases indicated by the medical circumstances prevailing. The rights of the unborn child will in all cases be taken into account.
The present Act in this regard which in effect encourages sexual relations without responsibility and therefore the decline of the nation’s moral standards will be repealed and replaced with a more appropriate Act.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has the view that females are in general more loyal and harder workers than their male counterparts with fewer problems about sex, sports and the use of alcohol. We believe implicitly in equal pay for equal work.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has the view that pornography is unhealthy for society in general and for juveniles in particular and that it is demeaning of women. Pornography involving children is viewed as especially pernicious and unwholesome.
For these and other reasons pornography in no small way contributes to the moral decline of the nation and it will therefore be acted against.
Ethnicity is a fact of life. The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party has the view that those ethnic and/or tribal or cultural groups who wish to have territorial integrity and who can motivate such secession from a greater South Africa on historical or juridical grounds should be allowed to do so. In this way a peaceful confederation between the various population groups can be realised. For example if the Zulu People wish to have their historically founded Kwa Zulu controlled by Zulus only or if the Boers of the old Boer Republics wish to rule themselves, it should not be denounced out of hand. Everything in this regard is after all negotiable; especially to safeguard lasting peace.
SELF RULE OR FEDERALISM? (Or a Combination?)
The rights and aspirations of certain ethnic and/or cultural groupings within the borders of the Republic cannot be ignored for evermore. Quite legitimate claims exist in respect of a number of these groups and their claims and/or wishes will have to be looked at seriously if peace is to be assured in the future.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party holds the view that the various models that could be utilized to accommodate and/or satisfy the dissatisfied groups have not been exhaustively explored and that something can be worked out to satisfy the legitimate wishes and aspirations of the affected ethnic and/or cultural groupings.
Failure to bring this contentious issue to a satisfactory conclusion will create national problems for many decades if not centuries (e.g. as in the case of the Basques and the Irish). Ignoring the issues will not make them go away and the only way in which they can otherwise be managed would be through state oppression and state-sanctioned propaganda as is quite evident today. However, this latter route which amounts to police-state rule, has not worked anywhere in the world to eradicate legitimate claims; they always resurface with a vengeance.
The Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party cannot say whether accommodation will be through the granting of self-rule or federalism. This will have to be negotiated with the affected groupings. It may very well be that some may choose self-rule and others, ederalism; while yet others may choose a combination of these and/or other concepts.
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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