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Let's redress imbalances of past based on poverty - not race, Steenhuisen argues

4 February 2020 12:12 PM
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Interim DA leader John Steenhuisen says using race as a proxy for disadvantage has failed ordinary black South Africans.

Steenhuisen argues that race-based quotas have empowered a small group of politically-connected people while excluding the majority of South Africans in need.

The DA is poised to reject race-based quotas at its policy conference in April.

RELATED: Steenhuisen can't ignore the question of race - Ralph Mathekga

Steenhuisen says policies should focus on a means test, using poverty as a threshold, instead of race.

He claims that government interventions such as Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) have been tainted by corruption over the last 25 years, leaving black households are 10% poorer than before.

RELATED: 'Anyone who thinks race is not an issue in South Africa is naive' - Steenhuisen

Black households are 10% poorer now than they were before.

John Steenhuisen, DA leader

There's been nothing broad-based or economically empowering by just simply layering over race-based policies.

John Steenhuisen, DA leader

There's absolutely no reason for us to use race as a proxy. It will cut out that corruption coefficient that as empowered a small group of people when the majority remains locked out.

John Steenhuisen, DA leader

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4 February 2020 12:12 PM
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