Al Jama-ah’s Manifesto Launch Pledges Economic Transformation and Zero VAT on Basic Food Items

South Africa’s only Muslim party, Al Jama-ah, recently unveiled its political manifesto, emphasizing its commitment to economic transformation and ethical governance.

The party, led by Ganief Hendricks, outlined its position on supporting other political parties while making exceptions for specific ones.

This move is particularly noteworthy as the country approaches the upcoming elections on May 29.

Political Alliances and Exclusions

Ganief Hendricks acknowledged that while Al Jama-ah might not ascend to government leadership, it is prepared to throw its support behind any party with roots in the liberation movement, excluding the Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), United Democratic Movement (UDM), and ActionSA.

Hendricks emphasized the importance of a political lineage connected to figures like Oliver Tambo.

Manifesto Launch and Regional Focus

The party launched its national manifesto at Harmony Primary School in Lenasia, emphasizing its desire to expand its presence, particularly in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Hendricks highlighted key economic goals, including enhancing access to opportunities for all citizens and advocating for the elimination of VAT on essential food items like bread, milk, and eggs to alleviate the financial burden on those below the poverty line.

Core Values and Governance

Al Jama-ah pledged a commitment to fighting corruption, upholding the rule of law, and promoting a values-based government.

The party envisions a leadership composed of ethical, honest, well-qualified, and competent officials across all levels of government.

Rejecting an isolated approach, Hendricks stated that party members would not live in “ivory towers” but would remain attuned to the real experiences of South African citizens.

Healthcare Initiatives

In addition to economic concerns, Al Jama-ah expressed its commitment to addressing healthcare challenges.

The party proposes increased investment in the health sector, supporting the National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative, and establishing mobile clinics and paramedical structures in both urban and rural areas.

The aim is to ensure quality control, efficient management, and real-time oversight to combat corruption and enhance service delivery.


Al Jama-ah’s political stance, as outlined in its manifesto, reflects a commitment to economic inclusivity, ethical governance, and targeted interventions in critical sectors like healthcare.

As the party navigates the complex political landscape, its regional focus, alliance strategy, and emphasis on grassroots engagement present a distinct vision for South Africa’s future.

The upcoming elections will determine the resonance of these principles among the electorate.