Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has rejected reports that the ANC was planning to remove white women from affirmative action programmes.
This follows recent statements by the chairman of the Employment Equity Commission (EEC), Jimmy Manyi, that white women held a disproportionate number of executive positions in many companies.
Speaking in the national assembly yesterday, Mdladlana, pictured, said all women - black and white - still remained a designated group under affirmative action programmes.
He said the ANC had not changed its position on this.
The only way any change could be made was at the ANC congress in December, but only after a long process which starts at branch level, the minister said.
Mdladlana said Manyi had the right to express the view of the EEC, which is an "independent and autonomous body".
Following Manyi's statement, the Democratic Alliance's (DA) labour spokesman Anchen Dreyer laid a complaint with the public protector.
Dreyer accused Manyi of improper conduct.
The DA also claimed that Manyi was "abusing" his position as chairman of the EEC and said he was "running an increasingly politicised and divisive campaign", allegedly on behalf of the Black Management Forum.