South African president signs controversial health bill

South African President signed controversial health bill into law

South African President Cyril Ramapahosa signed a controversial universal healthcare bill into law in Pretoria on Wednesday, local media reported.

Mr Ramphosa described it as a major step towards a more just society.

Despite Mr Ramaphosa’s enthusiasm when he signed the bill, many political groups have said they are considering taking legal action against the bill.

The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), said it was an unaffordable, populist move aimed at preventing the ANC from losing its overall majority.

Build One South Africa, another opposition party, released a statement shortly after the signing.

“We cannot allow this new law to go unchallenged,” it read.

They accused President Ramaphosa of using the bill to boost his parties chances at the polls on May 29.

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