Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul to engage with Orania settlement

Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul to engage with Orania settlement

- Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul says he is willing to engage with Orania

- This comes as the question of the town's legality remains up in the air

- Orania, like new development Eureka, is a whites-only enclave

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Zamani Saul, the new Northern Cape premier, says he wants to engage with whites-only towns such as Orania and Eureka.

He said he would also work to determine whether such enclaves are legal.

Orania and Eureka are gated communities which only allow Afrikaans people to purchase property. However, they insist they are not racist.

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One of the founders of Eureka has said that people of all races are welcome to live in the enclave, provided they were willing to speak Afrikaans and assimilate into Afrikaans culture.

However, some have described the towns as harking back to the apartheid era of group areas and claim that they run counter to the spirit of the new South Africa. 

However, the legal status of these towns has remained somewhat of a grey area. Orania, for example, claims that it is not technically a part of South Africa.

However, the local government's counterargument is that Orania still receives some services from the municipality, and thus is part of the country.

According to eNCA, Saul said his administration needed to "look at the status of Orania" in order to determine how to deal with the settlement.

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This comes as Saul faces increasing pressure to take action, as the construction of new enclaves similar to Eureka is set to begin soon in the province, has gathered.

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