Veteran politician Peter Marais has announced yet another comeback to the political arena – The 70-year-old has found an unlikely new political home, this time the Freedom Front Plus after joining Icosa as its metro chairperson just six months ago.
On Tuesday, he denied joining the party, saying he was only consulting for Icosa and decided to part ways when they didn’t heed his advice.
Marais, who will be running as the Freedom Front Plus’ Western Cape premier candidate, says that he’s not only counting on coloured people for support but all those who share the values of self-determination and advancing minority rights.
“Each government department is virtually bankrupt, destroyed by corruption which was caused because the minority has no say in the standards and the quality of appointments of senior personnel in all government departments.”
No South African politician in history, however, beats Peter Marais when it comes to party hopping.
When the Tricameral Parliament of PW Botha was introduced in 1984 Peter Marais founded his own party – The People’s Congress Party. He dissolved the party in 1994 and joined the New National Party of FW de Klerk to assist in convincing the Coloured vote of accepting the New South Africa. When the NNP started plans to merge with the DA in 2000, Marais decided to become a member of TWO PARTIES at once – he joined the DA as well!
For this he was rewarded with the Western Cape Premiership on 5 December 2001. He had to resign after 6 months in June 2002 because of allegations of sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says his party is confident that Marais is the man to make inroads for the party in the provincial legislature, where it is currently not represented.
“Other political parties must take note that after the election this year that they will be kept on their toes when Peter Marais is in the legislature.”