Gayton McKenzie says the idea of Cape Independence – making the Western Cape province a country – will never happen without the involvement of his party, the Patriotic Alliance (PA).
Over the past few months there has been a growing number of people, mainly European immigrants, calling for the Western Cape province to be turned into a country outside of South Africa.
“Big money wants Cape Independence, that will never happen without OnsBaizaNie. No force or money can make us agree to an enclave that will soon turn into a Anti Black state. We will rule the Western Cape,” McKenzie proclaimed on X social media platform.
The advocacy groups of Cape Independence want to use all constitutional and legal means to bring about what they call Cape Exit, which includes the entire Western Cape, some parts of the Northern Cape, six municipalities in the Eastern Cape, and one municipality in the Free State.
McKenzie is not the only political figure that is opposed to the idea of Cape Independence. ATM President Vuyo Zungula has also publicly denounced the notion.
“Cape Exit plans show the intention of foreigners is to dislodge indigenous South Africans from the economy, land and our country. SA is invaded right in front of our eyes. Restricting foreigners from political activities and holding public office, strict immigration controls can deter this,” said Zungula.
However, the advocacy groups maintain that the population of the Western Cape and parts of surrounding provinces is culturally and linguistically distinct from the rest of the country, and is therefore entitled to statehood under chapter 14, section 235 of the South African Constitution.
They claim that the Republic of South Africa is a colonial construct, and that the Cape would be better off if it was separated.