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EFF withdraws the Relocation Bill, PERMANENT or NOT?

The EFF withdrew the Relocation Bill, however they plan to bring it back at a later time, possibly after an anticipated electoral win by the party.


Photos: X/EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) notified the National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, about their withdrawal of the ‘Relocation of Seat of Parliament Bill.’

This decision forms part of the party’s legislative plans and its future goals; however, the EFF plans to bring back the bill at a later time, possibly after an anticipated electoral win, according to the party.

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EFF withdraws Parliament Relocation Bill, Eyes future power play

The bill, first presented by Julius Malema, EFF’s Commander in Chief and President, on November 11, 2022, sought to move the South African Parliament from Cape Town to Tshwane.

It was based on historical context, aiming to rectify past decisions by colonial settlers that had marginalised black people.

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Nonetheless, the EFF’s choice to retract the bill is temporary. “This aligns with the party’s manifesto, which clearly directs them to make one city the administrative and legislative capital of South Africa.”

It sought to curb the significant financial burden on taxpayers

This idea had its origins in a historical context, aiming to rectify the contentious choices of colonial settlers, which had excluded black people.

“Even today, this history continues to render Parliament unreachable for most South Africans.”

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Moreover, the bill aimed to reduce the substantial cost to taxpayers.”Every year, substantial sums of money are designated to cover government officials who have to move between the administrative and legislative capitals.”

“The withdrawal is a component of a broader, long-term strategy to amass political influence in pursuit of their vision for a fairer South Africa.

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“This action highlights the party’s unwavering dedication to reaching their objectives and transforming the nation’s political environment,” stated the party.