In a poll conducted by the Cape Independence Advocacy group, 36% of citizens of the Western Cape province of South Africa want separation and independence from South Africa.
Cape Independence Advocacy Group co-founder Phil Craig revealed this in an interview with Alec Hogg, founder of biznews.com
Craig said that the issue of Cape independence has move from being seen as a fringe thought by a few crazy people and had become a mainstream political topic. He said that this has led to the formation of several Cape independence political parties such as the Cape Party, which has been around for a while buy has been fairing badly in elections. He claimed that there is also a newly formed Cape Coloured Congress, which is essentially a coloured party formed at the Cape flats.
Craig claims that 65% of members of his organization are DA voters and that many in South Africa’s main opposition party support the idea of Cape independence but wouldn’t go public with it. He claimed that the reason for wanting separation from South Africa was driven by the fact that the DA has no hope of winning the South African national elections and that the country is deteriorating.
“South Africa is dictating the terms, I guess, to the people of the Western Cape. The people of the Western Cape have never given the ANC majority in 26 years and we have a situation where the party who got 28% of the vote is dictating how the country must be run to the people who got 55% of the vote. And, you know, that’s not much fun.”
He also said that the more radical Freedom Front Plus fully support the idea of Cape independence and will likely perform well at the 2021 provincial elections benefiting from a “protest vote” against the DA.
Asked about the economic viability of the idea he said that the issue is more political than economic, but that in the event that it happens the Cape will be able to thrive independently. He went on to say that the Cape economy is equal in size to those of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe combined.
“So, the Western Cape produces 13.9% of South Africa’s GDP. It houses 11.2% of South Africa’s population and when the government funds are allocated to the province, the Western Cape gets 10.1% of the allocation of provincial funds. So, the Western Cape is paying in 13.9% and it’s getting 10.1% back. So, first of all, just at face value, there’s a net gain by not being part of South Africa.” said Craig.
The Cape Independence Advocacy Group is a political pressure group that is hoping to help separate the Western Cape from the rest of South Africa. According to its website, the organisation says “the ANC government is leading us into an economic and social disaster. The Western Cape has consistently rejected their agenda, but our democratic voice is rendered redundant by a system where our government is not chosen by us, but despite us.”