We support the integrity and unity of our nation and its right to freedom, security, and a sovereign status within the international family of nations. We accept the duty to live in peace, friendship and co-operation with all the nations of the world.
We pledge our allegiance to the Republic of South Africa. We place its interests first and dedicate ourselves to national reconciliation and to building a strong, dynamic and united multicultural nation.
We are committed to the maintenance of a constitutional state – a state based on the rule of law in which the Constitution, including the bill of Rights is supreme. We pledge to uphold the Constitution and to defend it against all threats, at home and abroad.
We believe that governments are established for and by the people in a democratic multiparty dispensation through regular, free and fair elections:
- to serve their interests,
- to protect their freedoms, and
- to ensure their security.
We support the limitation of the government’s power through a system of checks and balances, including:
- Recognition of the supremacy of the Constitution and an internationally recognised
justiciable Bill of Rights.
- Constitutionally guaranteed separation of powers between the legislative, executive and
- Maximum devolution of powers and functions to provincial and local government.
We believe that the following principles are of fundamental importance:
Powers and functions should be devolved to the lowest level of government where it can be effectively administered.
In a multicultural society, special care should be taken to avoid simple majoritarianism by seeking the broadest possible consensus among all the communities; groups and political parties that constitute our nation, especially on matters that directly affect their interests. The non-governmental institutions, organisations and associations that constitute civil society should enjoy maximum powers and autonomy with regards to the execution of their duties and functions.
We believe that the government has a primary duty to maintain law and order, to combat crime and to protect the lives and properties of all the people. It must create an environment in which people can lead their lives and pursue their interests, within the framework of the law, under safe and peaceful conditions.
We support the right of all people to compete freely in the open market and to acquire, hold and dispose of property.
We believe that the government has a duty to:
Adopt and implement economic, fiscal and monetary policies that will secure these rights and promote economic growth, full employment and the maintenance of the value of our currency in accordance with the principles of successful market-orientated economies. To tackle in this manner the problem of poverty and unemployment, and to work for the improvement of the quality of life of all our people.
Empower people through education and training to participate equitably in the public service and in the economy.
Protect and conserve the environment for the well being of society and as a heritage for future generations.
Care for those who cannot care for themselves, through the provision of cost-effective health and social services.
We furthermore believe that all able people have a primary duty to care for themselves and their families and to promote the general wellbeing of society through their contribution to the economy and to their communities, and through paying fair and reasonable taxes.
We recognise the right of every individual to human dignity, freedom and equality and to the peaceful enjoyment of all the other rights and freedoms set out in these core values and Bill of Rights, as provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act. No. 108 of 1996). We recognise the right of every person to fair and equal access to the courts to protect these rights. We support the eradication of all forms and manifestations of discrimination. We also believe that all rights go hand in hand with concomitant responsibilities.
We recognise in particular the family’s central position in society. We support the right –
- of parents to raise their children in accordance with their cultural, religious and moral
- of men and women to equality before the law, equal treatment and equal opportunity for
- of children to the care and love of their parents, health services, education and
protection against exploitation, neglect, abuse or degradation.
We support the right to autonomy of all cultural communities to have meaningful authority over all matters that affect the protection and promotion of their language, culture, religion and tradition in particular.
The includes, where practicable, their right to:
- education, at all levels, in their mother tongue;
- meaningful parent participation in the management of schools, and the establishment
of educational and other institutions, organisations and associations based on a
common culture, language or religion, provided that there will be no discrimination on
the grounds of race or gender.
- We stand for the recognition of the dignity of all cultural communities, and their right to
security and participation in decision-making at all levels of government with respect to
all matters that affect them. Everybody has the responsibility to respect the rights of
other cultures and communities, to be tolerant, and to participate in, and contribute to
the development of one common multicultural South African nation and identity.
We are committed to the freedom of conscience and religion of all people and believe that the core values that we advocate, provide a base for co-operation, despite religious diversity.