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By unknown | Jan 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu and Sapa

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Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota yesterday suggested that the Black Lawyers Association, which recently attacked his party over "reckless" statements on affirmative action, is racist.

Briefing the media in Cape Town, Lekota said he was not surprised that the BLA had reacted with outrage at the party's suggestion that race should not be the only criteria determining a person's eligibility for employment.

"The BLA has never embraced non-racialism," he said.

"If you debate an issue with someone who started from a different dimension as yourself, you must expect that there would be no agreement."

But BLA president Andiswa Ndoni said "the BLA is a non-racial, non-sexist organisation and our membership cuts across the colour line".

"Lekota must be thinking that anyone who argues for affirmative action is racist, but he forgets that affirmative action is there to reverse the racist approach that was taken with regard to employment and access to the economy by the apartheid government," said Ndoni.

Cope spokesman Sipho Ngwema told Sowetan that they intended to meet the BLA soon to thrash out their differences.

"We have given them our resolutions that we took in Bloemfontein on affirmative action and black economic empowerment and we want to see if they still have issues," he said.

Ngwema denied that Cope was against organisations involved in the struggle for black advancement, saying "Cope embraces the role that has been played by organisations that advocate change".

He said Cope would also hold a meeting with the Black Management Forum soon.


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