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Bill aimed at addressing small business red tape rejected

The DA's Henro Kruger says by refusing to consider the merits of the Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill, the ANC is stifling economic growth and job creation.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A bill aimed at slashing red tape for small businesses, is dead in the water. The Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill was introduced by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

But the African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters did not support it and the National Assembly adopted a report by the small business development committee that declared the Bill undesirable.

The Bill did, however, receive support from the Inkatha Freedom Party, Congress of the People and the African Christian Democratic Party.

The DA's Henro Kruger says by refusing to consider the merits of the Bill, the ANC is stifling economic growth and job creation.

“It was clear that this Bill did not suit the political agenda of the ANC. I suspect they received orders directly from Luthuli House.”

But the ANC's Nozabela Bhengu says her party has a different view on how to deal with the frustrating obstacles faced by small to medium businesses.

“ANC does not support and is against a mechanism and conservative approach which presents itself as an obstructive regulatory environment.”

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