Cape Independence referendum ramaphosa

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Ramaphosa handed ‘formal request’ for Cape Independence referendum

It’s your move, Cyril Ramaphosa: The Cape Independence Advocacy Group has submitted a referendum request, in the hope that a vote on ‘CapeXit’ can be held.

Cape Independence referendum ramaphosa

Photo: CIAG

Fuelled by the frenetic nature of election season, talk of Cape Independence has become a hot-button issue in the past few days. Both AfriForum and FF Plus have signalled their support for ‘self-determination’ in the Western Cape, and even the DA has been flirting with the idea. On Thursday, the prospect of a vote on ‘CapeXit’ drew a little closer.

Referendum request for Cape Independence ‘submitted to Cyril Ramaphosa’

The Cape Independence Advocacy Group (CIAG) confirmed earlier this week that they would hand over a formal request to President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to consider holding a referendum on whether the Western Cape province can break away from the rest of South Africa – becoming its own nation in the process.

Here’s what was posted on their social media channels:

“At 11:00, outside Parliament, we will hand over a letter to President Ramaphosa giving notice of our formal request for a referendum on Cape Independence, which was also delivered by hand to WC Premier Winde last week.” | CIAG

  • And sure enough, representatives for the CIAG made good on their promise:

The bid to make the Western Cape its own country

Could Cape Independence realistically happen in the near future? It’s a long shot, fraught with logistical challenges and a set of impractical obstacles that would make secession from South Africa very difficult indeed.

Those behind the push for separatism also believe that other territories outside of the Western Cape could help form an independent state, too. Towns that sit on the borders with the Northern and Eastern Capes could also defect to the south-west, given that one of CIAG’s main arguments is the difference in political ideologies.

The Western Cape is the only province in SA the consistently votes against the ANC, while the other eight territories usually elect the ruling party with a landslide. This stark difference in governance is a key motivator in the Cape Independence movement, but it’ll probably take a bit more than that to get President Ramaphosa onside.