The ACDP joined these opposition parties at the inaugural Coalition Against Corruption rally in Pinetown last Friday. The focus of this rally was to urge the voters of South Africa to resist the Protection of State Information Bill (aka the Secrecy Bill).
African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe told supporters at the Pinetown Civic Centre: "The looting of state coffers must come to an end."
Rev. Meshoe delivered an inspiring address. He stirred the huge crowd when he said that the ANC was not invincible and would be replaced. Party leaders agreed that without unity among the opposition parties, there would be no opportunity to make a dent in the ruling party. The Coalition Against Corruption will host similar rallies across the country demanding that all governments officials and departments be called to transparency and accountability. It recognises that governance doesn't happen by virtue of empowering leaders and officials on the basis of their loyalty to the African National Congress. Instead it emphasizes that honest governance is the result of the people holding leaders accountable; so the people must know exactly what their leaders are up to.
The protest against the Gauteng E-Toll System was the first modern tax revolt in this country. It was a message to the ANC that they cannot use our tax money as they deem fit. Our protest against the Secrecy Bill is a message that the ANC cannot hide from us what they do with our tax money.
The ACDP believes that the ANC is trying to hide these transgressions by making use of the Secrecy and other Bills. In its alliance with the Coalition Against Corruption the ACDP has joined hands with nine other opposition parties to fight these types of Bills and the corruption of the present government.