Party manifestos in a minute

Scrolla.Africa helps you decide who to vote for on 29 May. 

ActionSA – Removal of undocumented foreign nationals is one of the key promises made by ActionSA. They also propose zero-rated educational and job application sites for youth, voluntary national service from age 18, relaxed labour laws and easier firing of non-performing workers. More police, easier legal gun ownership, increased NPA funds. Localised energy grids, solar subsidies, universal rooftop solar access, transition from coal to renewables.

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ANC – Implementing NHI programme. Creating 2.5-million state-funded jobs in public services and one million in township enterprises. Improve policing with data analysis, strengthen economic task teams, NPA, and whistle-blower protection, and review of the Criminal Procedure Act. Support subsidised solar power and the prioritisation of green technologies, energy efficiency, and eco-friendly production.

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DA – Opposes traditional race-based affirmative action and instead supports promoting diversity through training, mentorship, and improved education. Promote trade skills and exempting small businesses from bargaining councils. Decentralised policing to capable local governments, reducing senior SAPS management, lifestyle audits for police, protection of whistle-blowers. Break up Eskom’s monopoly, support for self-generation and local energy decisions, allowing homes and businesses to sell energy back to the grid.

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EFF – Creating an open border system. Operating workplaces 24/7 with three shifts, guarantee jobs or R5,000 a month for graduates, setting a minimum wage of R6,000 a month. Retrain all police by 2027 and hire 100,000 more police members, enforce 25-year minimum sentences for serious crimes by police. Repair power stations, maintain coal plants, and focus on clean coal and nuclear energy.

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IFP – Reserve jobs in entry-level sectors for South Africans, enforce 80-20 employment policy. Empower traditional courts, debate the death penalty, quickly prosecute corrupt officials, deploy SANDF in gang areas, and support restorative justice. Manage Eskom as a public-private partnership, reduce fuel levies, maintain coal, and promote renewables and green hydrogen.

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MK – Scrap the Constitution and emphasise the supremacy of Parliament. Kings and queens should be above the government. Provide permanent jobs with a minimum wage of R4,500 a month and state-offered skills training. Hire more cops, hold a death penalty referendum, fund forensic labs, speed up apartheid TRC cases, and support military veterans. Cap private energy production, repeal renewable energy programmes, maintain coal, and rebuild oil refining capacity.

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PA – Deport undocumented foreign nationals. End closed shops for unions, introduce performance-based increases. Support small businesses. Implement the death penalty for serious crimes and corruption, conduct random integrity tests for cops and prevent the loss of confiscated firearms. Promote a mixed energy model with Eskom and ensure a just energy transition.

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