According to their website (yes, they have a website), CapeXit is an “Independent, Non-Political Movement for all people of the Western Cape, regardless of race, religion or political views.”
The CapeXit mission: to have the Cape region of South Africa declared as an independent country.
And it’s completely possible, and legal, according to CapeXit.
“Self-Determination is guaranteed by South African, African and international law and is readily defined in the international conventions that have been co-signed by South Africa.
“The principle is that any group of people, with a common culture and language, has the right to independence. The only action expected of such a group of people is to stand together and reach a communal decision that they want independence, and to lay claim to it within the allowable framework of the law.”
CapeXit needs the support of 1.6 million people to request a referendum with the South African Government, and they are determined to get their way. According to Times Live, 800 000 registrations have already been clocked in on the website – half the number it needs to achieve its goals.
“Failing the government’s approval we will seek the support of the United Nations, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights,” said the organisation.
According to CapeXit, “the advantages of independence outweigh the current situation in South Africa. It is legal, feasible, fair, practical, and necessary.”
The citizens of the proposed new country will vote for a new government which will make its members accountable to the citizens.
“We have various committees that will eventually become the interim government, this will be researched and dealt with by the economics committee.”
The new currency selected will be aligned with one of the international currencies.
“The Swiss Canton system will be the government system of choice, allowing the citizens more options for a stable, peaceful and prospective country.”
The newly elected government will be directly accountable to Cape Citizens, states CapeXit.
Here are a few proposed benefits set out by the organisation:
- The tax income generated in the Cape will be used for the benefit of Cape citizens.
- Improved education system, police forces, healthcare system.
- Zero tolerance for lawlessness, racism and discrimination and effective changes in housing benefits.
- Recognition of property rights.
- Closed borders to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants.
The CapeXit website has also published a number of articles in support of their said movement. One report stated the following:
“The current ‘democratic’ South Africa is one where rape has classifications, where murderers get bail, where the accused has more rights than the victim, where unemployment and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) is a household name. The State-owned Enterprises (SOE’s) like SAA, Eskom and others, are a bottomless pit of debt and a smoke screen for State Capture, land grabs are promised without compensation and questionable people are employed in important positions in Government.
“Add to this the violent strikes, where police are ‘standing by’ and not reacting, the blatant encouraging of farm murders by very prominent people and you sure have a recipe for self- destruction.
“The fact that South Africa is rated 4th out of 115 countries where 1 is the most dangerous and 115 the least should make independence an obvious choice.”