Durban -

The African Christian Democratic Party may have only 10 000 card-carrying members and limited funding, but it has ambitions to ruffle feathers and take over the provincial government.

Speaking during its provincial manifesto launch on Wednesday, ACDP national chairwoman Jo-Ann Downs said if the party failed to grab power, it would consider co-governing the province with other parties.

However, her party would never go into a coalition with Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters, because of their “over-ambitious” policies, she said.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, a party would need 65 000 votes to get a seat in Parliament.

The ACDP’s manifesto launch at the Durban Jewish Club was attended by fewer than 50 members and supporters, including the party’s deputy president, Wayne Thring.

“We did not expect many people to attend, but we hope people will come in huge numbers at the human rights event to be addressed by our president (Kenneth Meshoe) at the Durban Coastal College on March 21,” said Downs.

She said the party’s campaigning efforts were limited by funding constraints.

The party had 23 branches in the province, mostly in the Durban and Port Shepstone areas, and 174 branches across the country.

Downs is the only member of the party in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

The Mercury