Frequently Asked Questions
How will the government officials and civil servants salaries be determined in the new independent country?
It will be market, and position of authority related.
Will the citizens of the new independent country need to do compulsory police or military training?
As any country must have a well structured defence force, joining such a force will be on a voluntary basis, unless not enough members sign up, in which event conscription may be applied.
A new independent country would need a security force. Will the structures of SAPS and SANDF remain the same or would there be new security forces established?
A new security force will be established with retaining as many of the good and non-corrupt current members of SAPS and the local SANDF as possible. Specific attention will be given to training a new generation of peacekeepers.
If I own a property or a business in the Western Cape but I live outside of the Western Cape, do I qualify for citizenship in the new independent country?
Yes, you will.
What will happen to BEE and AA policies in the new independent country?
It will be totally abolished.
How will independence of the new country affect businesses that have various branches around South Africa?
Please read the Road to Independence document with particular attention to Part 3 which deals with the Per Capita method of taking over current state assets as well as the future for businesses with interests all over SA.
How will the members of the LGBT community be treated in the new independent country?
Absolutely the same as anyone else. The new country will not discriminate on the bases of race, sexual preferences, religious beliefs, or anything else.
Why is CapeXit only seeking independence for the Western Cape of all the Cape areas?
Economically it makes sense to secede the strongest area first. Once that has been achieved, the same blueprint may be used to assist the other areas should they also wish to secede. The added advantage is that the WC can then support such secessions as an independent country.
How will the representatives of the local municipalities be elected?
By way of normal elections where the voters will determine who will form the local governments.
What type of education system will be adopted and implemented in the new independent country?
Education will be vested with the new Central Government with allowance for public schools as well as private and semi-private institutions of learning. The education model of pre-1994 worked well and will be looked at as the basis of education.
Will the current political parties still be active within the new independent country?
The political landscape will change. Some of the current parties will disappear and some new ones may be formed. Political parties will have to make sure their mandates are local with full accountability to the voters of each District Government as a direct democracy will apply.
Will those that are currently receiving SASSA grants still receive grants in the new independent country?
The grant system will be reviewed ensuring those who are in need of grants will continue to receive them. This will include the elderly, disabled persons, and others who qualify. The dishing out of grants to children to have children just to receive a grant will not be tolerated.
How will independence affect other minorities who lie outside ofthe Western Cape borders?
The Western Cape as an independent country will offer a friendly and close by safe haven for the minorities wishing to immigrate. The remaining SA will then also have the WC as an independent country closely watching what they do to the minorities.
I am a permanent resident and not a citizen of the Western Cape. Will I be eligible to remain in the new independent country?
Yes, we say independence will be for all who resides within the Western Cape.
I was born and raised in the Western Cape but I don’t currently live there. Do I qualify for citizenship in the new independent country?
There will be immigration laws in place, however having historical ties to the Western Cape will assist your application for citizenship.
Who is eligible to vote in a referendum for Cape Independence?
Anyone who is registered on the Western Cape database of the IEC.
Why is CapeXit requesting people to register if they live outside the borders of the Western Cape?
The registration on the CapeXit database of people outside the Western Cape is crucial as that will form part of the external support. Support for independence must be from 50% +1 of the registered voters within the area, i.e. Western Cape, as well as support from outside the area, which will include the support of one country registered with the United Nations.
Can people outside the Western Cape vote in the Referendum?
Only people within the Western Cape and who are registered on the IEC database for the Western Cape, may vote in a referendum.
Who will benefit from living in the new country?
Independence of the new country will be for all who lives within. If you are a law abiding citizen who contributes to the economy of the new country there is no reason to ask you to leave.
However, the immigration laws will be tough on everybody. If you are an illegal alien you will deport in line with the new immigration laws. If you commit acts like unlawful protests, stone throwing, disruption of services, etc, you will be subjected to strict laws which may find you being deported.
What will the CapeXit’s policy be on people wanting to immigrate to the Independent Cape and what would the immigration policy be, especially on illegals?
People wanting to relocate to the Independent Cape would have to go through a Visa process as with any other country. The laws of the Cape would determine the criteria. These proposed laws are currently being formulated and will be available in due course.
The minute the Cape is declared an Independent country, the following would happen:
- The borders would be closed and manned.
- Any illegal immigrants from other countries would be deported.
- No illegal immigrants will be allowed in the Independent Cape
How safe will the borders be?
Border controls and law enforcement will be applied as per international best practices.
Consider that a huge part of our borders are sea and mountains, the inland borders will be monitored and controlled by border patrols with the use of modern security and technology.
How will people from all walks of life be treated in the Independent Cape?
In an Independent Cape, all will be treated equally and fairly irrespective of race or gender. Equal opportunities and benefits will be and must be offered to all who live within the new country.
Financial implications: Would the Cape be financially stable and have a good economy?
Economically the Western Cape is self-sustaining, on all fronts. Please consider the following facts:
- Only a fraction of our current contribution to the national GDP comes back to the Cape.
- We have harbours which conform to international standards.
- We have airports which conform to international standards .
- We have telecommunications and other infrastructure which is of a first world standard.
- Once the Cape achieves independence it will yet again become the preferred destination for international investments and the return of expertise to our shores will begin.
What will happen to the banking system?
Various options are being researched however, like in any other country, the banks can maintain the status quo in the new country.
Is the infrastructure capable of self-sustaining?
Existing resources will be refined and future capacity will be developed via investments. Clean energy will be implemented and archaic and expensive systems will be phased out.
What will happen to people’s investments, savings, retirement funds etc.?
We expect banks to remain part of the new country.
Financial institutions are compelled by law to protect your investments. Just like people in SA has investments overseas, similarly people in the new country may have investments in SA.
Is there a difference between CapeXit and Cape Party? What is the difference?
Yes, a big difference.
CapeXit is a Non Profit Company (NPC) Registration Number: 2018/032978/08 with the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission), South Africa with the sole purpose of achieving Cape Independence through lawful (South African and International) means.
Cape Party is a Political type organization that shares the same vision, that of an Independent Cape.
Is CapeXit a Political Party and can I vote for them in the next Elections?
CapeXit is NOT registered as a political party and therefore a member will never be able to vote for CapeXit in an election.
Western Cape registered members will however be able to vote in a referendum to decide on the achievement of an Independent Cape. This would be similar to the British when they voted YES to Brexit (UK exiting the EU)
What will our local currency be?
We have various committees that will eventually become the interim government, this question will be researched and dealt with by the economics committee. The new currency will be aligned with one of the international currencies.
What will the governance structure look like?
Governance will be on a “by the people, for the people” basis. A canton type government model will be followed where representation of the people will be in a direct, accountable manner. Different political parties will have to work together to maintain the government structure. Smaller areas will ensure that “the people” can be more involved.
What has happened so far in order to achieve Independence and what still has to happen?
There are many things happening in the background. Committees to effect the lawfully required Shadow Government structures have been and are being formed. Legal requirements are being determined, including constitution building and many other issues being tackled. So, from that perspective much work still has to be done. The main drive now, is to get the public involved, educated and informed. This will require much funding and human resources as most of this will happen on the ground. We require all the resources we can get, so, if you are dedicated to the cause and able to contribute in any way, please contact us! We look forward to having you on board.
What will prevent us from sitting in the same political predicament after independence?
The current political situation came about when the national majority started enforcing their will over the national minorities. In the new country the indigenous people will be the majority and as such can maintain the rule in governance.
Is the Cape Independence through CapeXit looking to turn into yet another ” Afrikaner Volkstaat”?
Although the proposed area is unique to a portion of the bulk of the population of the Cape, that is, language, culture and religion, (which would also be the main drive for Independence, the Independent Cape is a new country for all of its citizens. So, if you do not fit in with the aforementioned, but marginalized by the current regime, had enough of BBEEE, racism etc., you can still be part of the drive for independence.
Independence will never happen! The ANC will never allow it! How can the Cape become Independent from South Africa?
Yes! It is completely legal and legislated in the South Arican Constitution.
Through legal means:
1a. South African law:
Accord on Afrikaner Independence
On 23 April 1994 an accord, which specifically dealt with self-determination of the Afrikaner people, was signed by
the Freedom Front (represented by General Constand Viljoen),
the ANC (represented by Thabo Mbeki),
the South African government and the Nationl Party (represented by Roelf Meyer).
This accord became the foundation for Article 235 of the Constitution of South Africa.
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa guarantees Independence in Article 235
“The South African nation’s right to independence as a whole, as embodied in this Constitution, does not deny, within the framework of the law, the acknowledgement of the concept of right of any community that shares a common culture and language heritage, to self-determination within a territorial ethnicity in the Republic or in any other terms, as determined by national legislation.”
This Article is very clear on the right to self-determination which is not only guaranteed for the South African nation as a whole, but also for any community that shares a common cultural and language identity. This makes provision for self-determination within South Africa by the clause “within a territorial ethnicity in the Republic” as well as for Secession with the clause “or in any other terms”.
1b. International law:
The concept of self-determination is also included in several International conventions as discussed below:
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
In International Law the right to self-determination is upheld by Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that was undersigned on 3 October 1994 by the South African government, and reaffirmed and undersigned on 10 December 1998. The South African government is legally bound by this agreement, of which the appropriate portion reads as follows:
All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
All people may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and without prejudice to any obligations arising out international economic cooperation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.
The State Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self- Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
The right to self-determination is also enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, of which Article 20 reads as follows:
All people shall have the right to existence. They shall freely have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination. They shall freely determine their political status and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen.
Colonized or oppressed peoples shall have the right to free themselves from the bonds of domination by resorting to any means recognized by the international community.
All peoples shall have the right to the assistance of the State Parties to the present Charter in their liberation struggle against foreign domination, be it political, economic or cultural.
Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States
The Montevideo Convention clearly states in Article 1 which conditions must be met when a “new” independent state is to be established, namely:
The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications:
- A permanent population
- A defined territory
- A government
- The capacity to enter into relations with other states
Will CapeXit become the new government?
Although CapeXit and other interested parties will be instrumental in establishing the transitional government, in the interest of the people and until the new governmental bodies have been selected, CapeXit will not become the new government. Capexit is not a registered political party and can therefore not become the new government.
How will the new government be determined?
By democratic elections, which according to International Law must be held within 90 days from the gaining of independence.
What if the same political parties causing problems now vote us out and hijack the process?
All political parties participating in elections will have to present a local mandate. National mandates like BBBEE and AA will no longer be applicable. People mostly vote to keep the Cape out of ANC hands according to the mantras of certain parties. Once we are independent people will vote for parties which best conform to their own principles and believes. Political parties which are the cause of our current problems will be sidelined by natural selection.
What guarantees are in place to ensure a fair and representative government?
Government will be selected by the people with full accountability. The structure to get rid of incompetent councilors will be reviewed so that voters would not have to wait for 4 years to get rid of them.
What benefit is there for me if I live outside the new country?
If you belong to the group of people, who qualifies for independence, your visa and passport applications will be received favourably and with preferential treatment. You will still be subjected to the normal criteria for access though. Your children and grandchildren will have a safe haven to go to should it be needed.
How long do you think it will take you to actually get independence?
Throughout the last few months, we have seen various organisations promise miracles regarding Western Cape independence.
Realistically the answer should be: As fast as our people allow us too. Our campaign is growing with leaps and bounds, realistically we hope 2-3 years. We will work as hard and fast as we can, but the momentum needs to snowball, our people are waking up, but every individual needs to think and live this. The positive is that suddenly there are a lot of organisations working for independence, something that was unheard of 2 years ago.
In Catalonia 9 opposition organisations eventually came together and took hands to obtain a referendum.
No magic, but passion, hard work and participation will get us there, sooner rather than later! We have always been a Nation to beat the odds!
What is your mission and Vision ?
CapeXit is a Registered NPC (Non Profit Company): Registration Number: 2018/032978/08 with the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Properties Commision), South Africa (CapeXit is non Political)
Our vision is to have the Cape Region (Western, Northern and parts of the Eastern Cape) of South Africa declared as an Independent Country.
The quest for Independence for minority groups, indigenous to the Cape, sharing a common language and culture, will be achieved through a legal process provided for by:
- Article 235 of the South African Constitution
- International Law: Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
- Various other conventions undersigned by the South African Government