As the bill gets set for presidential assent, the radical leader of the Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema has noted that the bill to recognise the Khoisan as first citizens, does not solve the issues of poverty and marginalisation suffered by the rural people.
EFF says the bill doesn’t respond to rural people’s demands, leaving them locked in second-class citizenship “where they are condemned to be led by feudal lords who are used by politicians and unscrupulous mining companies”. The EFF has rejected this bill.
DA and Cope also opposed the bill. But ANC speakers stressed the official recognition it intends giving Khoi and San leaders, assuming they will be able to meet the bill’s criteria, which include proving the existence of their communities over time.