The following list of collective demands by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress Of The People (Cope) and United Front (UF) was released on Tuesday as prerequisites that either the ANC and DA will need to agree to before coalitions can be entered into. Of course, some primary demands, such as the removal of Zuma, can only be done by the ANC, as well as an end to e-tolls and reviewing the tender system.
The removal of Zuma appears not to be explicitly stated on the full list, but it is understood to be part of the demands.
Since the ANC is actually able to offer more in terms of truly powerful changes, that may give the ruling party the upper hand when it comes to wooing these smaller parties, particularly the all-important EFF. However, these are big and audacious demands that the ANC may be reluctant to agree to. It may even call all of these demands impossible.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the four parties discussed these matters before releasing the list. They wanted to ensure that any coalitions have to work in favour of the people of South Africa and not serve the narrow political agendas of either the ANC and the DA. They also want to ensure that smaller parties do not lose their autonomy by being swallowed by bigger parties.
He said that it was in the interests of democracy to water down the power of single parties.
Here all the demands from the list that they released, from Holomisa’s Facebook timeline:
We believe that the glue that must bind all political parties is the commitment to provide basic services to the all citizens irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances. Of immediate necessity is the agreement on the following.
1. Service delivery related matters
• Provision of clean water and in particular to rural hinterland;
• Provision of quality shelter for all those who deserve and qualify with speed, and eradication of informal settlements;
• Electrification of all rural areas and provision of reliable electricity to all;
• Better waste management systems for social and economic beneficiation of citizens;
• Putting an end to E-Tolls;
• Regulation of the informal trading including street vendor hawkers;
• Prioritisation, formalisation and integration of the Early Childhood Development as part of the mainstream education system;
• Vigorous and meaningful actions intended to create sustainable jobs;
• An immediate review of the procurement (tendering) system to favour amongst other Local Economic Development and beneficiation;
• Reviewing of the current property valuation and rating system;
• Improving of the billing system to ensure that citizens pay for services they consume;
• Creation of the dedicated units for regular maintenance of the infrastructure;
• Eliminating corruption at all levels of government;
• Removal of the current Head of State who has been an embodiment of corruption;
• Finalisation of the proper naming of the Capital City of the South Africa;
• Provision of Free Education to all deserving citizens;
• Immediate suspension of the envisaged Nuclear deal;
2. Budget Implications/ review
Amongst other things to be agreed on as a matter of urgency, is the review budget so that it responds to the issues raised above. National and Provincial Governments are already in the process of the mid-term budget review and municipalities will be entering this process very soon as they have just adopted IDPs and Budget two months ago. Accordingly, as parties we strongly agree, that the next six months should be used to review and realign budgets in order to ensure maximum resourcing of the above priorities.
3. Constitutional Reforms
In this regard, the parties felt very strong that whilst other matters are of long term nature, a very clear and binding time frames must be agreed to by all. We further propose a firm commitment amongst all political parties to the convening of an urgent National Convention, led by political parties and all other social partners, to consider and resolve on the following, amongst others:
• Land question;
• Property ownership;
• Electoral reforms;
• Party Funding Legislation;
• Strengthening of the Chapter nine institutions.
At the centre of the proposed National Convention should be how best to address the urgent need of Economic Emancipation of all citizens in particular the historical disadvantaged individuals and groups.
4. Further issues
It is common knowledge that South Africans have registered their displeasure with how government has been using the available resources. In this regards, cooperation must also look at how the size of the cabinet reinforces the need to spare resource and redirect them to service delivery. Parties are firmly proposing a review and realignment of cabinet functions with the intention of reducing the size of the cabinet.
The appointment of Mayor and other political heads at local government must appreciate the need to a working cooperation. In this regard, the parties may have to consider whether the Executive Mayoral system is best suitable to deliver or the Executive Committee Systems. Whatever we may agree on, centrally should be a system that recognises all participants whilst ensuring less bottlenecks in servicing the people. It must also place the people at the centre of their own development.
This also applies to the appointment of Municipal Officials from the Municipal Managers to other managers and lower staff members. The purpose must be to keep public service as a professional function and always separate the state from a political party.
He added as his conclusion:
A cooperation by all political parties is what South Africans have called for in these elections. Accordingly, parties that agree on what has to be done going forward, must ensure delivery of efficient and effective services to the people, and pursued unity of purpose in earnest. Perhaps the saying: Individually you are fierce warriors, but when you fight as one you are most powerful better sums up the approach.
We must enter into cooperation on objectives that do not derail us the mandate of the electorate and our manifestos. In the crafting of a frame-work for a possible cooperation, it must be clear upfront why it is desirable for us to embark on that as a both a tactical and strategic way forward.
Centrally, any coalition/cooperation require a strong commitment to the need to service the people thus putting community first.