DA to discuss AA with Mbeki

The Democratic Alliance will present its affirmative action proposals to government for discussion, spokesman Anchen Dreyer said yesterday.

The Democratic Alliance will present its affirmative action proposals to government for discussion, spokesman Anchen Dreyer said yesterday.

This was in line with the agreement with President Thabo Mbeki at a meeting on May 31.

"The voices of discontent over the ANC government's bizarre implementation of affirmative action are growing," Dreyer said.

Even former president and Nobel laureate, FW de Klerk, and long-serving former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha - now an ANC-member - had condemned what Botha called the ANC's "quota obsession".

Dreyer said it was "unquestionable that the crude implementation of affirmative action under the ANC government has limited opportunities for many, while aggressively determining successful outcomes for only a few by virtue of their race group status.

"The fact that it does not target beneficiaries in terms of their socio-economic needs has made the policy entirely ineffectual," she said.

It was for that reason that it might be described as "dead" and not because of a grossly unwilling private sector, as Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin had claimed.

The DA agreed with the need for the "right kind" of affirmative action. - Sapa

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