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Meshoe gives up Parliament

Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says he'll focus on fundraising for next year's elections.

African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe holds a news conference in Johannesburg, Thursday, 20 January 2011. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) Leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe has announced he's resigning his seat in Parliament.

But he says he won't be quitting his party or politics.

Instead, the ACDP leader will spend the next four to six months raising funds and boosting his party's profile ahead of next year's elections.

Meshoe says the party has not been visible enough and could return with many more Members of Parliament if it can reach enough voters.

Talks with churches and like-minded parties, notably the United Christian Democratic Party, are underway.

Meshoe will be replaced in Parliament by his deputy Wayne Thring but will remain president of the ACDP.