- There are a growing number of Western Cape province residents who want to see their city separated from South Africa and they have registered their names to this effect
- According to a statement released by a private organisation in Cape Town known as CapeXit, it says the number of residents is currently 800 000
- However, there are contrasting remarks on social media and Briefly News has selected a few comments on the separation of the Cape from the rest of the country
The latest information coming to the attention of Briefly News is that the number of people wanting to see the Western Cape separated from Mzansi is growing.
According a private body known as CapeXit, people calling for WC to be separated from South Africa have clocked 800 000.
The organisation says the registrations on its website are said to be half the number it needs to call on the government to hold a referendum in the province.
The organisation wants registered voters in the province to respond to the referendum which poses the question about whether the province should split from SA. CapeXit’s operational director De Palm said to TimesLIVE:
“With 800,000 registrations, the voice of the people is being heard loud and clear. We see the million mark as a major tipping point and after that we can expect the target figure — which is 1.6 million registrations — to be reached towards the end of 2021.”
It is reported by the Johannesburg-based publication that CapeXit’s target is a figure of 1.6 million registrations which are needed to legally call for local and national government to hold a referendum.
However, Constitution expert Pierre de Vos said the idea of an independent Western Cape is nothing but a pipe dream. Said De Vos:
"This is not how democracy works. The government would not allow a referendum and they don’t have to call for one if they don’t want to. It is better people know now that this is not going to happen so they aren’t disappointed when it doesn't happen.”
In other news, IOL reported that CapeXit said the City of Cape Town’s complacency with the small number of comments about the budget was disturbing but not unexpected. He said:
“The residents of the metro know from experience that the public participation invites from the City are merely lip-service exercises, and there is yet to be one issue proven to have been subjected to the will of the people.”
"I sensed this was going to happen. I’m not for it, but I don’t blame them. Interesting to see what comes next.”
"I don’t live in the Western Cape but if I did, I would certainly be supporting this. Anything to get our taxes away from the vultures."
"I am interested to know how many are black South Africans in that count of 800 000.”
"Daydreamers, it's nice sometimes to live in a fantasy once in a while.”
"What a waste of time and energy on something that will never happen. I am even surprised that this nonsense has made to a national newspaper.”
Briefly News reported that Christo Thurston has sparked one very interesting social media debate after claiming it is not at all impressive for whites to speak African languages and that it should not be celebrated as any sort of achievement.
The fluent Sesotho speaker took to his Twitter account and made this sweeping claim. He captioned the passionate post.
"I repeat, Bazalwane. There is nothing special about a mlungu who speaks African languages. No one ever shakes the xibelani when an African person speaks English. We must liberate our minds from the chains of colonial thinking."
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