MOVE Political party

MOVE Political party
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MOVE: Political party ‘new kid on the block’

Twenty-six-year-old David Kabwa felt compelled to launch his own party called Move, focusing on key issues that speak directly to the youth of South Africa.

MOVE Political party

MOVE Political party
Image via Instagram @move_za23

Despite being only six months old, MOVE has already garnered support from over 20,000 South Africans, and according to its leader, the party is growing at a rate of 500 people per day. The party hopes to ignite hope in those who feel their voices currently don’t matter. 

About David Kabwa

Kabwa has an impressive background, with a degree in political studies from the University of Pretoria, a master’s, and currently working towards a PhD in international relations. He was the inaugural ambassador for South Africa at the UNITE 2030 Initiative (United Nations) and the first African to be elected as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament. 

David was twice voted SRC President at the University of Pretoria and held the position of portfolio committee chair in the South African Union of Students. He currently serves as the Head of Operations for Southern Africa at the Centre for Commonwealth Affairs. David was born in Tsimanyane, a small town in Limpopo. He is fluent in English, Afrikaans, and French. 

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About MOVE

MOVE is based on principles of good, clean governance and servant leadership. The party believes that much needs to change regarding implementing the country’s policies and that those who do not perform accordingly should be removed from their roles. They also wish to speak a language of active citizenship and encourage South Africans to play their role in helping MOVE South Africa forward. 

Its primary focus is on the youth, as represented in its current leadership. They also wish to focus on key issues that speak directly to people rather than general governance. By narrowing their target audience, party leaders can focus on establishing themselves in a more geographically centralised space rather than trying to spread themselves too thinly. 

The Executive Committee comprises 25 young people from corporate, NPO and private sector backgrounds, ranging between 19 to 31 years of age. The party does not have a membership fee and believes in a ‘ground up’ approach to help formulate its policies. The three primary areas of focus are:

  1. Student access to education issues
  2. South Africa’s economy 
  3. The climate crisis

MOVE’s target audience for the 2024 General Elections is focussing primarily on university students and graduates from the Universities of Pretoria(UP), Witswatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg (UJ), and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Kodwa hopes to achieve a target of between 60,000 and 80,000 votes in 2024 and establish a firm footing in Gauteng province. 

The party is currently underway with a fundraising campaign to help cover the IEC fees, staff, branding and merchandising costs. They are also working on a fund to assist volunteers with stipends to contribute to their bills and studies. 

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MOVE’s view on the Multi-Party Charter (MPC)

In our recent interview, Kabwa attested to ‘liking it [The MPC] as a concept’ but has concerns about the parties involved and the lack of specificity. He stated very clearly that 2024 should not be about platitudes or egos. He is concerned that the current parties may only achieve 33% combined at next year’s polls and worries it will result in a frantic ‘doomsday coalition’. 

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Why start a new party?

Kabwa stood as an independent candidate in the previous local elections. He realised the issue with the new electoral amendment bill would be problematic. The bill prevents independent candidates from receiving more votes than the required threshold for a single seat in parliament, which means that any additional votes could potentially be redistributed to other parties. This led him to decide to launch MOVE as a new political party to have more influence on the current political landscape. 

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