This is how Solidarity is tackling affirmative action

At its crisis summit held on 5 May, Solidarity adopted a motion to combat affirmative action by pressing ahead to file a complaint with the UN’s Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. This complaint will be submitted to the UN in the form of a shadow report. In it, the point is made that the implementation of race quotas is unconstitutional and inconsistent with the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

On 13 May Solidarity hosted a conference to usher in a two month long public process to obtain public input. At the conference several opinion leaders gave input into the shadow report and in the process they gave their unequivocal support to the campaign.

Solidarity Chief Executive Dirk Hermann said at the conference that government’s policy of race quotas cannot be defined as affirmative action, as it rather constitutes a form of neo-racialism which is not acceptable anywhere in the world. Following on, Temba Nolutshungu, a director of the Free Market Foundation said that the implementation of affirmative action is the biggest political fraud perpetrated since the apartheid policy. Businessman Herman Mashaba expressed discontent with the affirmative action policy by stating that implementation of this policy is advancing racial discrimination.

Among others the report makes the point that in the implementation of affirmative action the focus is not on training and development as it only aims to achieve mathematical outcomes. Moreover, the Solidarity shadow report indicates that by persisting with affirmative action, service delivery is deteriorating.

The full report can be read here.

Comment on the campaign here.

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