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: Congress Of The People – COPE
IEC Status: Registered
Contact person: MS DEIDRE CARTER
Telephone: 082 8319168
Fax: 086 6111601
Postal address: 5TH – 6TH FLOOR, METROPOLITIAN BUILDING, C/O FOX RISSIK STREET, JOHANNESBURG, 2006
The Congress of the People’s main objective is to take political power at the polls and deliver better government to South Africa.
When we are in a governing position, we are committed to:
- Advancing democracy with a social bias
- Unswervingly protecting the rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution
- Improving the basic education system to meet market demands
- Improving service delivery
- Empower women in all works of life
- Promoting a professional police service
- Fostering strong relations between crime-prevention institutions, businesses, non-governmental organisations and civil society
- Speeding up justice
- Improving healthcare to ensure it is professionally administered
- Investing resources in vigorous human development
- Respecting and protecting the environment
- Reducing state debt through downsizing government
- Eradicating corruption
The Congress of the People is committed to ensuring that the public is served by a party operating on the basis of integrity, and with high moral and ethical standards.
To that end, article 1.2. of the Constitution of COPE states that all members and leaders must, at all times:
- Conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the dignity of the office they serve
- Not use their office to gain special privileges or benefits
- Refrain from acting in an official capacity where there is a potential conflict of interest
All members who avail themselves for leadership positions within COPE must sign an undertaking to advance the party and to defend our constitutional democracy.
The Congress of the People also encourages and supports codes of ethics for public officials and employees in national, provincial and local government.
The Collective for Democracy:
The Collective for Democracy is an alliance of six opposition parties. It consists of the Congress of the People, the African Christian Democratic Party, the Freedom Front Plus, the Inkatha Freedom Party, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and the United Christian Democratic Party.
It is not a coalition or a merger, as each of the parties retains its own identity and contests elections separately. The Collective for Democracy has resolved to work together, as there is substantial common ground between the parties.
By remaining separate political parties working together, voters are given freedom of choice while knowing that their votes will make a difference.
The Collective for Democracy has identified 20 issues that unite its constituent parties. The Collective therefore agrees to work together with a focus on the Joint Areas of Priority and will:
- Abide strictly by the spirit and principles of constitutionalism.
- Ensure that citizens can hold public representatives fully accountable.
- Make education and training the highest national priority, and raise quality to standards comparable with the best in the world.
- Ensure strict separation of party/parties and state.
- Transform the civil service from one which favours political deployees to one that is professional, accountable, non-partisan and committed to delivering quality services to the people of South Africa as a whole.
- Uphold the constitutional right of public servants to unionise, provided that such unions do not disregard the rights of citizens to obtain essential services.
- Review the bloated size and structure of government in all three spheres to ensure efficiency and affordability.
- Review the structure and size of the public service administration to increase accessibility, effectiveness and sustainability.
- Table the ministerial handbook before Parliament for a transparent, appropriate review and amendment.
- Refer the Protection of State Information Bill to the Constitutional Court.
- Decrease the budget deficit and national debt levels.
- Ensure that our police are trained and effective as a service, to protect citizens as prescribed by the Constitution.
- Remain committed to resolutely fighting corruption wherever it manifests within our society, including within the parties of the collective.
- Support an equitable and sustainable land reform process, which is not to the detriment of any sector of our society.
- Value traditional leadership as an institution that promotes respect, ubuntu, family values and moral regeneration.
- Remain committed to ensuring a truly impartial and independent electoral commission and a free and fair election process.
- Remain committed to valuing and protecting minority communities.
- Protect the environment and ensure sustainability for generations to come.
- Ensure that the economy is grown constructively, creating jobs and securing economic growth on the basis of proven economic principles.
- Give the youth skills, hope for the future and access to meaningful participation in the life and development of South Africa.
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2014/03/congress-of-the-people-cope/