The IFP exists as a political party to serve the people of South Africa, and to do so in the spirit of ubuntu/botho. Our primary purpose is to serve.
It is why we exist. We contest elections and we seek power in order to serve the people by addressing their needs. We are servants, not masters, of the people.
We recognise ubuntu/botho as the foundation of all human interaction. No person is an island. Because we are who we are only through our interaction with others, we respect everyone and treat everyone with compassion and empathy, and in a manner that recognises their intrinsic human dignity.
Democracy in South Africa is increasingly under threat, with a hegemonic ruling party viewing opposition politics as treason, and fixated with cementing its hold on power.
The IFP represents the political centre ground, rejecting both centralised socialism, as well as harsh ‘anything goes’ liberalism. These extremes do not serve South Africa well. We are the real alternative.
The IFP is needed in order to protect our young democracy against one-party absolutism, and to lead South Africa into a second wave of democratic renewal, deepening democracy and taking it closer to the people. This is our mission.
What society do we want for ourselves, and for future generations? It is, in short, a just, prosperous and moral society, whose citizens engage with each other on the basis of ubuntu/botho.
A just society is one which is fair, which has successfully addressed the challenges of our past – and, unfortunately, even the present. These include: limited access to basic services, sustainable jobs, quality education, adequate healthcare, and security. A just society also results in freedom and equality for all before the law, irrespective of who you are and where you come from.
A prosperous society is one in which mass poverty has been eradicated and in which our people are able to pursue a better life. It is a society where everyone is able to develop to his or her fullest human potential. A prosperous society provides opportunity for all; it also generates high-quality services and contributes towards stability and unity.
A moral society is one governed by the timeless moral precepts of good, unlike the socio-political climate in South Africa today, which comes close to being characterised by fear, violence, crime, greed and corruption. We believe in a society based on strong family and strong community. There is a contrast between some amoral leaders and elites and the essential goodness of most South Africans – we believe everyone has a role to play in making South Africa a better place.
A society underpinned by the spirit of ubuntu/botho must necessarily promote justice and prosperity, and morality for all. We believe such a society is a distinct possibility, and is not merely a dream. We believe that our values of solidarity, freedom, and unity in diversity, and our principles and policies, coupled with bold leadership and political courage, can achieve this vision.