Affirmative action has flaws

The debate on whether or not white women should be part of affirmative action is interesting. There are many discrepancies in the system.

The debate on whether or not white women should be part of affirmative action is interesting. There are many discrepancies in the system.

A report presented to a City of Joburg's council committee said that the city is meeting its equity target. The targets are 72 percent Africans, 17,8 percent whites, 6,5 percent coloureds and 3,7 percent Asians. The other categories are five percent of people with disability and 50 percent women.

Noting these targets, black Africans are at 79 percent while other races are far below the targets. Regarding people with disabilities, the level achieved is 0,4 percent. The targets cover the period from 2001.

The city says the results are positive, but the DA does not see it as such.

Employment Equity Commission chairman Jimmy Manyi will fail to do his job as long as employment equity is based purely on gender, race and disability. Merit cannot be substituted by that criteria.

If the system is assessed according to the city's equity plan, the over-employment of a certain race or group actually contributes to inequality. This is what is happening in the city's workplace.

Manyi's view is based on race and the Labour Department is not being advised correctly.

Khume Ramulifho, DA councillor, Johannesburg

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