RETURN OF THE NATS
August 05, 2008 | The National Party (NP) regrouped and reregistered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as a political party on all levels of government. The National Party reregistered as National Party South Africa (NP) and resurfaces as a mainstream political contender in post 1994 South African politics.
The policies of our party (also known as the NP AGENDA) are based on strong federal principles and offers practical solutions. NP policies will deliver a higher rate of quality housing to the poor, shift focus to economic empowerment based on poverty rather race and create opportunity for 9 provincial referendums for the reintroduction of capital punishment. The NP will contest the 2009 elections on national level, as well as all or some provinces. An announcement about participation in the various provinces will be made early 2009. The NP will strongly canvass for the Governments of the Western Cape and Northern Cape in 2009 and the results of our last election, without Marthinus van Schalkwyk as NP leader, is an indication of things to come.
The National Executive Leadership (NEL) is the highest authority in the party and consists of 9 members. The National Executive Leadership (NEL) consists of 2 levels. The first level Executive Leadership (1-NEL) consists of 4 executive seats, which are occupied by the 4 members who initiated and steered the re-registration of the NP. The 4 executive members are: D.P. Sasman (National Director for Strategic Planning and Policy), Abdullah Omar (National Director for Finance) and Juan-Duval Uys (National Director for Communication). The 4th executive member occupies the portfolio as National Director for Marketing, but his/her identity will only be revealed later this year during our official launch. The second level (2-NEL) consist of 5 non-executive members which bring the total seats on the NEL to 9, all with equal voting powers within party structures. The identities of the five non-executive members will be announced in weeks to come when negotiations with various former NP leaders and other stakeholders are completed. The entire 9-member NEL forms a collective leadership, with the chairmanship rotating among the members.
The National Party will be launched during an official public ceremony, planned for Cape Town later this year. The entire 9-member NEL will be introduced to the media at the end of that event.
The national structure of the NP is seated in Cape Town. Our website will eventually be published in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu. This website will inform readers regarding all aspects of the NP, including our policy which form the foundation of this party and future NP governments. We have appointed a website administrator who will manages and update our website continuously. On Mondays, the website will publish a newsletter compiled by a NEL member. The weekly letter will be published under a column, NP DIRECT. D.P. Sasman, member of our National Executive and National Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, will write the first contribution to this column.
The NP slogan is: Enough is Enough / Genoeg is Genoeg / Kwanele Ngoku. The 3 primary colours of our logo are orange, white and blue, with green as a secondary colour. At the top of the logo is a rising sun in orange. Orange represents the richness of our minerals, as well as the richness in our various cultures and diversity of our nation. The 9 sunbeams represent the 9 provinces of South Africa. At the bottom section of the logo the letters ďNPĒ appears in the colour white, which represents peace among all the people of South Africa. At the centre of the logo, a green banner runs in an upward direction from left to right. This represents the growth of the National Party. The colour green represents the richness in nature and landscapes of our land. The blue section to the top of the banner represents the sky above South Africa, while the blue at the bottom of the banner represents the oceans that meet our coastline. The colour blue represents the trust invested by voters in the National Party. (See logo as per attachment).
Former NP supporters gave the incoming NEL the mandate to regroup and to reregister with the IEC. Our supporters were left with no political home when former party leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk traded the NNP for his ministerial position in the ANC. That he did without consultation on grass root level and without the mandate of a NNP congress. The reregistering of the NP must be seen as the reversal of Van Schalkwykís action as recent election results confirmed that he indeed defected without the majority of NP supporters. In reality the NP of 2008 did not register as a new party, but merely reactivated itís existence as a South African political party. We already started to welcome former NP stalwarts and donors back into our folds and call on the rest to follow suit. Hard work lies ahead in the next 9 months up to the 2009 elections, but the NP leadership will pull all stops in getting all back on board. The NP promises to be hailed as the comeback kid after the 2009 elections and will contest the election on an independent no-alliance ticket.
The NP of 2008 is a modern and inclusive party that steer away from race politics. Former NP leader FW De Klerk 18 years ago freed the NP of the shackles of the dark era in our political history. For this he was awarded numerous international awards, including that of a Nobel prize for Peace. The NP of today respects the legacy of FW de Klerk that reformed the NP into a true political home for all South Africans. The NP became a home for those who honour good values, maintain good governance and can be trusted in delivering quality service, while regarding those with less as itís primary concern. Five years from now, the NP will be defined as the first party in post 1994 politics that indeed delivered on itís election manifesto. The NP can be trusted with the well being of our people, in the same manner the NP was trusted in 1990 with the releasing of Nelson Mandela and the creation of a non-racial democratic society under the leadership of then NP leader, FW De Klerk.
The National Party will strive to maintain a healthy relationship with the media based on mutual respect for each otherís institutions. The NP will inform the media and public of all developments concerning the party via regular website updates, media statements and conferences.
National Director of Communication.