The Cape Party has changed its name and will contest the upcoming Local Government Elections as the Cape Independence Party.
Party leader Jack Miller, announced the launch and name change and said that the push for an independent state in the Western Cape has gained increasing support from South Africans.
“Cape Independence is now an inevitability which more and more people are accepting it as the only solution to perennial ANC Rule,” Miller said.
During a media briefing last week on Tuesday, the Cape Independence Advocacy Group said the outcome of an opinion poll, conducted by Victory Research in July this year, revealed that 58% of the people in the Western Cape are in support of a referendum on Cape Independence.
886 people over the age of 18 participated in the survey.
The primary factors influencing people’s opinions according to the poll are:
- 89% of respondents believe South Africa is going in the wrong direction;
- 33% said they have considered emigrating as an alternative to SA’s chaos and corruption;
- 73% believe the Western Cape is better managed than the rest of South Africa;
- 59% believe their lives would improve in an independent Cape, and 75% affirmed their support for non-racialism;
- 76% believe the province must have more control over its own policies; and
- 62% would prefer less economic interference by the government and support the privatisation of key services.
The spokesperson for the group, Phil Craig said the outcome of the poll places intense pressure on the Western Cape’s ruling party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), to call a referendum on Cape Independence.