Opposition rejecting the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill shows they in bed together: Lamola

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Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says the EFF, DA and FF-Plus’ rejection of the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill, is evidence that they agree on everything including their opposition to land reform.

They are some of the opposition parties that rejected the Bill.

Lamola was speaking during the debate on the Constitution 18th Amendment Bill which failed to achieve a two-thirds majority vote.

“When forces in the extreme left and extreme right converge against the people it is a counter-revolutionary. In this entanglement, the EFF the DA and the Freedom Front Plus pretend not to be in the same bed.

They behave like couples who have celebrated Lobola yet they tell the whole world they are not married. How ironic that they vote together in local government. They pronounced that they will vote together today to oppose the Bill, yet they continue to tell the people of this country that they are not coalition partners.

It’s clear this entanglement has graduated into a coalition. They are agreeing on everything including to oppose land reform.”

The National Assembly has failed to pass the Constitution 18th Amendment as it could not achieve the two-thirds majority of 267 votes. Only 204 MPs voted in favour of the Bill.

Frolick reads out the results of the voting:

The DA, EFF, GOOD, COPE, FF-Plus, ACDP and IFP all voted against the Bill.

House Chairperson Cedrick Frolick read out the results, “Honourable members the outcome of the division is as follows.

There were no abstentions. 145 members voted against and 204 members voted in support of the Bill.

As the required majority has not been obtained in terms of Section 74 subsection 2 of the Constitution, the Bill will not be read a second time.”