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The path to parliament

In 2024, for the first time, we get to exercise our constitutional right to vote for independent candidates to represent us in our national and provincial assemblies. Zackie Achmat is standing as an independent candidate for national assembly in the Western Cape.

In order to get Zackie into parliament, we need to achieve specific milestones set out by the IEC and we need your help to do so.

2024 Elections

The 2024 election is a historic moment. For the very first time people in South Africa get to exercise our constitutional right to vote for and be represented by independent candidates in the national and provincial legislatures. Since parties select their own candidates, it means parties decide who represents the constituency rather than the voters deciding.


There will be 3 ballots:

1 provincial ballot (parties and independents)

2 national ballots

  • 200 seats on the compensatory list (parties only)

  • 200 seats on the regional list (parties and independents)


What does this mean?

You get an extra vote.

You can vote for a party on the provincial and national compensatory ballots, and you can vote for Zackie on the national regional ballot.

Independent Candidates

The right to vote for independents has only been secured through the 2023 amendment of the Electoral Act. Why is this important? Many voters are tired and disillusioned by the party politics that dominate South Africa’s democracy. Many party promises have come to nought. The State continues to fail people. Party politics protect the corrupt and shield the racist. This means people don’t trust parties.

The introduction of independent candidates means we as voters have a new opportunity to be represented in government. Here's how independent candidates can make a difference:

  1. Introduce diverse voices and perspectives into Parliament

  2. Prioritise individual accountability over party loyalty

  3. Represent specific issues and concerns of constituents, as they are unbound by party agendas


Why Zackie?

Zackie has a track record of successful action to bring about change through his leadership of social justice organisations. For more than 40 years he has led social movements and activist organisations  working for justice, equality, and accountability.


Zackie is experienced in advancing these aims through protest and movement building, as well as using the Constitution and the courts to bring action against those who undermine our democracy.


He is also committed to restoring trust and integrity as an independent MP. Zackie is signing a Contract of Ethics and Accountability with his constituents. Under this contract, he vows to hold himself answerable to the people he represents; to rebuild the bridge between parliament and the people.

What is needed?

The IEC requires that the candidate is nominated by two people and these nominations endorsed by at least 15,000 signatures in addition to paying R20,000.

Collect Signatures

We need to collect details and signatures of 15,000 registered voters. These are collected on hardcopy paper forms and are required to be submitted to the IEC.

Validate ID numbers

In addition to submitting the hardcopy signatures, we are also required to upload these and share them with the IEC to ensure each signaure is from a valid voter.

Manage Endorsements

Zackie2024 is using a digital organising platform, Qomon as well as paper-based forms to collect this information.

We need you to help us reach our goal of 15,000 signatures by 15 December 2023

We're calling on supporters to help us reach our signature endorsement goals. We have a collection of roles we need help with as we build out our squads. If you can see yourself fulfilling some of the following roles, we would love to hear from you. Weekly training is available to onboard you to the 

Please join our community to stay updated on training dates and events.

Save Your Spot


Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik London, United Kingdom   

R1 000 000

R1 000 000

Todd Rubin, Los Angeles, United States

R238 000

R238 000

Fynbos Ekwiteit (Pty) Ltd. Cape Town, South Africa

R800 000

R800 000

The Tempyr Trust, Luxembourg

R1 000 000

R1 000 000

Inge van Reenen, Cape Town, South Africa

R1 000 000

R1 000 000

  • In conversation with Zackie Achmat
    In conversation with Zackie Achmat
    Tue, 16 Apr
    16 Apr 2024, 18:00 – 20:30
    Stellenbosch, 39 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
    16 Apr 2024, 18:00 – 20:30
    Stellenbosch, 39 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
    On 16 April Zackie Achmat is in conversation with Kabous Meiring. Join us for a discussion on why Zackie is running as an independent candidate, what he stands for and how the ballots will work.
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