The CapeXit mission: Can this

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The CapeXit mission: Can this be Brexit for the Western Cape?

CapeXit needs the support of 1.6 million people to request a referendum with the SA government in order to start the process of independence.

The CapeXit mission: Can this

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A new “independent, non-political movement” called CapeXit is on a mission to have the Cape region of South Africa declared as an independent country.

The CapeXit movement

The movement (which boasts its own website and is seemingly a reference to Brexit – the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community in January 2020) says that it is possible for the Cape to be an independent country.

“CapeXit is an Independence/Non-Political Movement for all people of the Western Cape, regardless of race, religion or political views. We need the support of 1.6 million people to request a referendum with the SA government. Failing the government’s approval we will seek the support of the United Nations, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”

Load shedding and corruption

The movement further states on its website that the advantages of independence outweigh the current situation in South Africa. It points to various issues that are ongoing in South Africa, such as load shedding and corruption charges against top politicians.

The movement also included an investigation into the feasibility of an independent Cape and said that “the current ‘democratic’ South Africa is one where rape has classifications, where murderers get bail, where the accused has more rights than the victim, where unemployment and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) is a household name.

“The State-owned Enterprises (SOE’s) like SAA, Eskom and others, are a bottomless pit of debt and a smokescreen for State Capture, land grabs are promised without compensation and questionable people are employed in important positions in government.”

What’s more, the movement is completely legal.

“The quest for independence for groups indigenous to the Cape, sharing a common language or languages and culture will be achieved through a legal process which is completely legal and legislated in the South African Constitution through article 235 of the South African Constitution and article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”

A new government and currency

If the movement succeeds, there will be a new government in the Cape.

“The citizens of the new country will vote for a new government which will make its employees accountable to the citizens. We have various committees that will eventually become the interim government, this will be researched and dealt with by the economics committee. The new currency selected will be aligned with one of the international currencies.”

The Swiss Canton system will be the government system of choice allowing the citizens more options for a stable, peaceful and prospective country.

The benefits of CapeXIT independence

Of the benefits of this movement, the website states that the newly elected government will be directly accountable to Cape citizens.

The tax income generated in the Cape will be used for the benefit of Cape citizens and for an improved education system, police forces and healthcare system.

The new government will also have zero tolerance for lawlessness or racism and discrimination. You can also expect effective changes in housing benefits and the recognition of property rights, while closed borders will prevent the influx of illegal immigrants.