Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

Affirmative Action (AA) is archaic and obsolete

The obsolete concept of Affirmative Action (AA) is in the spotlight and its continued aptness is being questioned more and more.

The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) recently found that the definition of "designated groups" in the Employment Equity Act is possibly unconstitutional seeing as it creates new inequalities. The HRC also said that the government must address this issue urgently.

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, recently confirmed that she has taken note of the HRC's findings and that she has instructed her department to look into the findings. The FF Plus is going to keep her to it.

Today in Johannesburg, the movement Solidarity held a protest march against AA and thousands of supporters participated.

A memorandum and various court documents were handed over to Sasol, which still makes use of the obsolete concept of AA to discriminate against white people, particularly with regard to the Khanyisa shares scheme where white employees are denied shares in the scheme based solely on the colour of their skin.

It is time for the ANC government to realise that the practice of AA is creating division among the people of South Africa and that it has made no difference to the fate of the disadvantaged in our country. It is merely creating more inequality.

The FF Plus commends Solidarity for the protest action and hopes that the organisation's legal action against Sasol will be successful.


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