We hold South Africa to be one indivisible nation; a diverse society with a shared destiny. There is no secure future for one segment of society, while another remains disempowered. There is no urban future that excludes rural communities. There is no industrialist future that excludes labourers. Our common destiny demands a high degree of common purpose.
The IFP considers ubuntu/botho the foundation of all human interaction. Accordingly, we have respect, compassion and empathy for everyone, recognising that human dignity is intrinsic to all. As political leaders and representatives, we are the servants of the people. The IFP seeks to serve because we know, from experience, that we are better able to administer governance, manage resources and address needs than those presently at the helm. Our country has accomplished much since 1994. But political freedom has not delivered social and economic justice for all our people.
We have the most pronounced levels of inequality in the world, and because of our history, our inequalities have a strong racial undertone. Our economy has stagnated over a number of years, reducing the ability of government to raise revenue and causing devastating levels of unemployment, especially amongst the youth. Corruption, especially in government, coupled with inefficiency and apathy, has eroded the capacity of government to deliver on its most immediate mandates. As a result the most vulnerable amongst us have been robbed of opportunities for development and advancement.