THE DA DILEMMA

By Andy Winsauer

THE DA DILEMMA
The right to self-determination and the CapeXit NPC roadmap to Independence of the Western Cape

IS THE DA IN TROUBLE ON THE ISSUE OF “WESTERN CAPE INDEPENDENCE”?

The dilemma facing the DA is obvious and understandable when it comes to the matter of Sovereign Independence for Western Cape.

Clearly, the stated aim of the DA is to play on the national stage, and fears alienating their supporters outside of the Western Cape should they “openly” support independence.

The Western Cape, however, is their core supporter base, which they obviously wish to strengthen again before the 2024 National Government elections, especially after their dismal performance in the recent Local Government Elections where only 799.911 people voted for them throughout the Western Cape.

THE DA’s PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL CURRENTLY BEFORE PARLIAMENT

The submission by the DA late last year of a private member’s bill intended to have the law surrounding provincial referendums updated and brought into line with the Constitution is of course a very positive move, albeit roughly 20 years late.

However, it doesn’t end there, as it simply allows the premiers of provinces to call provincial referendums on matters of their choice, nothing more.

POLITICAL EXPEDIENCE

Pursuing an attempt to gain provincial control of certain portfolios, such as Policing and the Railways, under the headings “Federalism” and “Devolution of Powers”, neither of which the National Government is likely to agree to, as explained in a recent article published in South Africa Today called “The Trap”, is likely either to lead nowhere, or into a trap set by the ANC.

Regardless of the outcome though, the DA may feel they will be able to remain active on a national scale, while at the same time trying to convince the public of the Western Cape that they have their best interests at heart …. Again, regardless of the outcome!

“Political expedience” springs to mind for the sake of gaining votes at the expense of truth and reality.

THE DA PROMISE

The DA has promised to hold a referendum “which will include a question on Independence”.

This implies that the DA can prepare various questions according to their own agenda, and then add one about independence, worded as they see fit, almost as an insignificant afterthought.

The question of Sovereign Independence therefore becomes far less significant than the HISTORIC value it deserves.

Clearly a situation easily manipulated to ensure a result inline with party aspirations, instead of inline with “The will of the people” of the Western Cape. Already more than 824.417 have given their clear written, registered, and verifiable mandate, seeking Sovereign Independence and therefore, rejecting the notion of “Devolution of Power”. With more registering every day as the call for independence grows louder and louder, this is certainly no longer an issue to be ignored by the DA or anyone else.

WHAT SHOULD THE DA PROMISES BE?

The DA acknowledges the desire of the citizens of the Western Cape to hold a referendum on Western Cape Independence. Such referendum will take place as soon as the Private Member’s Bill, currently before parliament, provides provincial premiers the legal framework under which to hold provincial referendums in accordance with the Constitution of South Africa.

The DA further recognises the HISTORIC IMPORTANCE a referendum on Western Cape Independence represents, and therefore pledges to hold a SINGLE-ISSUE REFERENDUM specifically asking the populace of the Western Cape only one question. Such question, “Do you want the Western Cape to secede from South Africa?” is to be answered with a simple YES or NO.

However, this is NOT what the DA has promised.

DOES THE DA RECOGNISE THEIR FOLLY?

The leadership of the DA knows the results of an independent survey conducted mid last year full well.

These results, which were widely published, revealed that 65% of DA supporters in the Western Cape were in favour of a referendum on independence. This figure is likely to be far higher by now, as tens of thousands more have since registered their support on the central registration platform. This platform is being collated on Capexit.org on behalf of all the citizens of the Western Cape, regardless of race, religion, or political preference.

Therefore, it could be argued that the DA certainly does recognise that their stance directly opposes the will of most of their own supporters, and certainly many more who switched their votes from the DA to other parties instead, or simply didn’t vote at all. Most notably, the Freedom Front plus, who faced the same dilemma and decided to split their party into the FF+ Western Cape, and the national FF+, showed phenomenal growth and captured many thousands of so called “coloured” votes from the DA, partly due to their staunch support for an independent Western Cape. Similarly, the Cape Coloured congress did the same. As we know, the “coloured” community makes up 49% of the population of the Western Cape, and essentially kept the DA in power for many years.

Do they recognise this as being much more than just Folly?

Let’s just say that, as we all know, when one puts the aspirations of a political party above those of the people it serves, the result is predictably disastrous. The ANC is a glowing example of exactly this.

CAN THE DA IN THE WESTERN CAPE BE SAVED?

There’s only one way to ensure that the DA stays relevant in the Western Cape, and that’s for those who still love and support them, to encourage their leaders to recognise the tidal wave of support for independence and insist they adjust their stance to support the will of the people of the Western Cape.

FURTHER READING

Further reading on the mission and vision of Capexit, a registered non-profit organisation, and by far the largest Civic Movement for Independence in South Africa, the future of an independent Western Cape, and how Independence can successfully flourish, can be found on the website www.capexit.org , as can registration in support of a referendum on Western Cape Independence, be completed. CapeXit is not a political party!

3RD March 2022

Andy Winsauer
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Andy Winsauer is a retired director of various leading international Companies based in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and South Africa, and is currently director of the largest pro-independence civic movement in South Africa, CapeXit non-profit organisation.