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Progress with Employment Equity bill

The bill, aimed at regulating demographic representivity, was passed by the NCOP this week.

The bill, aimed at regulating demographic representivity, was passed by the NCOP this week. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The contentious Employment Equity Amendment Bill is a step closer to being signed into law.

On Thursday the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed the bill which aims to regulate demographic representivity in the workplace.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) recently withdrew support for the bill after party Leader Helen Zille said they'd made a mistake by initially voting for it.

The African National Congress (ANC)'s Moloto Mothapo is critical of the DA's about-turn.

"We are not surprised by the DA's opposition to this piece of legislation. We expected that, seeing as there leader has come out guns blazing, saying they've dropped the ball."

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Cape Chamber of Commerce said businesses are also strongly opposed to the bill.

While the Department of Labour maintains the bill aims to eliminate unfair discrimination and promote equitable workplaces, the chamber said if existing legislation was properly enforced, there would be no need for additional legislation.

The bill has divided the DA, with some members supporting it while others oppose it.

Zille has described the bill as "draconian".

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