Minority Front

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Minority Front
LeaderShameen Thakur-Rajbansi[1]
Founded1 November 1993 (1993-11-01)
Preceded byNational People's Party
Headquarters13175 Peak Street,
Arena Park,
Westcliff,
Chatsworth,
Durban
IdeologyMinority Rights
Social democracy
Women's empowerment
Youth empowerment
SloganYour Choice and Voice All the Way
National Assembly seats
0 / 400
KZN Legislature seats
1 / 80
Website
www.minorityfront.org

The Minority Front is a political party in South Africa. The party represents all minorities of South Africa, however, its support comes mainly from the South African Indian community. Its voter base is in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The eThekwini district, (Durban), is the cultural and demographic centre of South Africa's Indian community. The party was founded by the Hon. Amichand Rajbansi in 1993 who passed on in December 2011.

History[edit]

Amichand Rajbansi: Founder of the Minority Front
Amichand Rajbansi: Founder of the Minority Front

The Minority Front was formed as a successor to the National People's Party (NPP), which was an important party led by the late Mr. A. Rajbansi in the Indian-only House of Delegates in the Tricameral Parliament.[2]

Rajbansi's widow and colleague in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi, was voted in as leader in January 2012.[3] A leadership and family battle erupted when an attempt was made to replace Thakur-Rajbansi as leader, with Amichand Rajbansi's son, Vimal, and first wife, Asha Devi Rajbansi, asking her to step down, and a breakaway conference (not recognized by the IEC) elected Roy Bhoola, who Thakur-Rajbansi had attempted to remove from public office.[4][5] Thakur-Rajbansi was declared the undisputed leader in December 2013, after the parties settled their disputes in a confidential agreement.[1]

Election results[edit]

National elections[edit]

Election[6] Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
1994 13,433 0.07%
0 / 400
extra-parliamentary
1999 48,277 0.30%
1 / 400
Increase 1 in opposition
2004 55,267 0.35%
2 / 400
Increase 1 in opposition
2009 43,474 0.25%
1 / 400
Decrease 1 in opposition
2014 22,589 0.12%
0 / 400
Decrease 1 extra-parliamentary
2019 11,961 0.07%
0 / 400
Steady ±0 extra-parliamentary

Provincial elections[edit]

Election[6] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
1994 - - - - - - 1.34% 1/80 - - - - - - - - - -
1999 - - - - - - 2.93% 2/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2004 - - - - - - 2.61% 2/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2009 - - - - - - 2.05% 2/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - 0.07% 0/73 1.02% 1/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2019 - - - - - - 0.52% 1/80 - - - - - - - - - -

Municipal elections[edit]

Election Votes %
1995-96
2000 0.3%
2006 84,785 0.3%
2011[7] 113,195 0.4%
2016[8] 13,407 0.03%
2021[9] 8,304 0.03%

Aims of the Party[edit]

Whereas, the Minority Front is a political party in the Republic of South Africa, unaffiliated to any other political party, and whereas the Minority Front is dedicated to:

  1. Promoting and advancing the dignity, human rights, socio-economic status and the cultural well-being of all South Africans in a manner that the rights of minorities are not infringed upon.
  2. Acknowledging that God is the ultimate authority of all nations.
  3. Rejecting all forms of dictatorship as iniquitous in theory and condemnable in practice.
  4. Opposing all forms of racial and other discrimination which undermine the public freedom and social justice of an individual.
  5. The belief that the right of an individual is paramount, and the state exists to serve the public.
  6. The realisation of equal and full citizenship of all South Africans, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, colour or religion and to ensure that no one is discriminated against because he or she belongs to any minority grouping.
  7. Promoting the Rule of Just Law.
  8. Ensuring that South African minority groups are protected in theory, as well as, in practice.
  9. Ensuring equal socio-political and economic rights to all citizens without the domination of one group over another.
  10. Ensuring the active participation of minority groups within all levels of the public and private sector.
  11. Working towards a national economy based on full production and equal opportunity for all people in the Republic of South Africa.
  12. The advocacy of a free national educational system designed to ensure that learners and students of all race groups receive equal opportunity and benefits for basic and tertiary education and training.
  13. Working towards an open society free from oppression and discriminatory legislation.
  14. Working constantly towards social cohesion and nation building for an inclusive society.
  15. Achieving equality of opportunity and equity in resources for all citizens.

Objectives of the Party[edit]

  1. To establish and maintain a political party in The Republic of South Africa.
  2. To strive for the active, effective and inclusive involvement of all minority groups in governance.
  3. To establish a Minorities Commission to assist with all matters that affect minority groups.
  4. To compel the government to establish a Ministry for Minorities.
  5. To ensure that, in any political arrangement, all sections of the population are treated fairly and justly, so that the rights of all the people are protected.
  6. To ensure that religion, language and cultural heritage are maintained and developed.
  7. To ensure provision of housing for all at an affordable rate and priority housing for vulnerable groups.
  8. To protect the rights of all workers in the country by:
    • ensuring employment creation by the government and private sector,
    • ensuring fair and equitable employment opportunities, with legislation against discrimination in employment practices,
    • ensuring that affirmative action programmes address minority grouping discrimination,
    • ensuring training, retraining and human resources development,
    • enforcing equal pay for women to their male counterparts.
  9. To promote the above aims as a political party by methods that are peaceful, constitutional and legal in terms of South African law.
  10. To be guardians of the South African Constitution.
  11. To be watchdogs at all levels of government for the public.

Organisation and Structure[edit]

Head Office[edit]

The Minority Front's primary office is at 13175 Peak Street, Arena Park, Westcliff, Chatsworth, Durban.

Minority Front Women's League[edit]

Minority Front Youth League[edit]

Minority Front Leader Youth League

Minority Front: National Assembly[edit]

Hon. Sunklavathy Rajbally, Minority Front National Assembly representative.

Minority Front Leadership[edit]

Events[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thakur Rajbansi declared MF leader - IOL News".
  2. ^ "Rajbansi: Bombastic, thick-skinned and controversial - IOL News".
  3. ^ "Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi appointed new MF leader". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Minority Front factions causes friction".
  5. ^ "Rajbansi is ousted as head of Minority Front - IOL News".
  6. ^ a b "Results Dashboard". www.elections.org.za. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots 2011" (PDF). elections.org.za. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots 2016" (PDF). elections.org.za. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots 2021" (PDF). elections.org.za. Retrieved 24 November 2021.