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The Duck and Dive Show: Cannabiz Africa Political Party Survey

Cannabiz Africa Political Party Survey on Cannabis Attitudes

Commissioned for the 1 November 2021 Local Government Elections

Frayintermedia Feedback Report: 10 November 2021.

Compiled by: Aphiwe Kunene

 

The Cannabiz Africa research project involved a questionnaire frayintermedia was to administer and facilitate by collecting responses and drafting a report presenting the multiplicity of  positions including competing views on party political approaches to cannabis.

11 parties were approached. Only two responded formally.

The targeted parties were ANC, DA ,EFF, UDM, ACDP, PAC, IFP, NFP, COPE, GOOD PARTY and ALJAH MA AH.

Of these targeted parties, we got responses from ACDP and ALJAH MA AH.

 

ANC

We were unsuccessful reaching Pule Mabe, spokesperson of the ANC, we sent him emails, SMS and whatsApp messages with no response. On these platforms he left the messages on read without a single reply. We then contacted Goitsione Malete. He is heading a Gauteng government cannabis economy initiative. He said he would be unable to answer on behalf of the ANC and was unable to suggest someone who could help. We then contacted the chairperson of the Justice and Correctional services portfolio committee who also did not answer.

 

DA

After weeks of not being successful in reaching DA spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube, we were able to speak to her and she said she was not the right person to speak to. She suggested we speak to Horn Werner who is a member of the Justice and Correctional Services portfolio committee to answer for the DA. Mr Werner initially said that the DA study committee would only be able to meet after the elections to caucus a view and present the DA’s stance. After contact with him in recent weeks he said the DA would not deal with the Cannabis bill this year due to other pressing issues.

 

EFF

For the EFF we spoke to Chuma Nobanda, who agreed to participate after weeks of following up on the progress of his written responses, he said he would send a contact card for the designated person who is to answer the questionnaire which he did not. We again reached out to him to follow up on that but he did not respond.

 

Others

UDM, IFP, ATM, COPE, FF PLUS, GOOD PARTY, NFP all promised responses on the proposed deadline but none replied before the local government elections. Despite multiple follow up phone calls, SMS and WhatsApp messages, all failed to place themselves on record regarding the business of cannabis.

ActionSA also refused to comment on the survey or the concept of cannabis as a business.

We sent numerous messages and emails to ActionSA president Mr Herman Mashaba multiple times, but he also did not respond.

 

Sources

Sizwe Richard (ATM),

Dennis Bloem( COPE),

Phillip van Staden (FF PLUS),

Mkhululeko Hlengwa and Nerand Singh (IFP),

Bongani Msomi (UDM),

Jackie Seroke (PAC),

Zandile Myeni (NFP).

 

Conclusion

Overall this was frustrating but also illuminating. The larger parties have avoided taking a position, while the ACDP and AJA MA AH responded as religious political organisations.

This is a story in itself.

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