Get to Know the CIAG

What values does the Cape Independence Advocacy Group (CIAG) stand for?

If you are just discovering the Cape Independence Advocacy Group (CIAG) you may well want to know what values we believe in. Both our leaders and our supporters are drawn from a broad cross-section of the community. We come from different backgrounds, we vote for different political parties, but we all share these five values:

1. NON-RACIALISM

The use of racial-classifications to define, separate, and advantage people has been a disaster for South Africa. We want to abolish the use of racial classifications. There are many injustices which still need to be addressed but there are far better ways to deal with them than by continuing to use a person's race as the criteria.

2. AGENCY and FRANCHISE

South Africa and the Western Cape belong to those who live there. We all have a right to make choices about how we want to live and how we want to be governed. No individual or cultural community has any more or less rights than any other. In the context of Cape Independence, the people of the Western Cape have a right to decide whether they wish to remain as a part of South Africa and to be governed by the government South African's elect, or to form their own country and to elect their own government.

3. DEMOCRACY

We believe in the democratic will of the people. Our pursuit of Cape Independence is premised upon a majority of Western Cape voters supporting the idea.

4. LAW and ORDER

For a society to succeed it needs to have a set of rules which the citizens who live there agree upon. Those rules then need to be enforced in a compassionate but firm manner. Those who refuse to abide by the rules set by the people must be held accountable for their conduct.

5. NON-ALIGNMENT

The CIAG is not aligned to any one political party. We welcome people from across the political spectrum and encourage a diversity of political views. In an independent Western Cape the electorate will ultimately choose which party they wish to be governed by. Until then, we will work with many political parties to pursue our goals, and will keep our supporters informed about which parties are adopting policies which will assist our cause, and which ones are not.