ANC slams DA for ‘ditching’ BEE policy

South African Institute for Black Property Practitioners president, Nkuli Bogopa looks at the Johannesburg CBD that Mayor Herman Mashaba plans on turning into a construction site in the next coming months.
South African Institute for Black Property Practitioners president, Nkuli Bogopa looks at the Johannesburg CBD that Mayor Herman Mashaba plans on turning into a construction site in the next coming months.
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The ANC has described their main opposition's about-turn on principles of broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) as a defence of white privilege.

The governing party accused the DA of undermining policy measures that broaden access to economic opportunities for black South Africans.

"The ANC is neither shocked nor surprised by the DA’s flip-flopping on BBBEE. We have long exposed the DA as a party committed to defending white privilege and preserving the status quo‚" the ANC said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Beneficiaries of economic apartheid cannot be expected to support policy measures that broaden access to economic opportunities to the majority of South Africans‚ and in the process shake the very foundation of white economic privilege.”

There was contestation between DA members last week after the party's head of policy‚ Gwen Ngwenya‚ reportedly said the DA‚ in reviewing its economic policy in July‚ had ditched BEE for a new model of empowerment. But this claim was disputed soon afterwards by the party's federal chairperson‚ James Selfe.

Capitalising on the DA’s apparent confusion‚ the ANC said BBBEE is a critical policy instrument aimed at redressing past economic injustices and inequalities.

"For the DA to claim that they are ditching black economic empowerment (BEE) because it is 'just not working' is extremely disingenuous. It is an excuse for their own deep-seated resistance to economic transformation.

“Yes‚ there are serious challenges with regard to some aspects of the implementation of the programme. Indeed‚ the benefits of BBBEE are still to reach the vast majority of our people. However‚ these and other challenges cannot be raised as excuses to throw the baby [out] with the bathwater‚" said the ANC.

"It must worry all of us‚ including the Democratic Alliance‚ that 20 years since our freedom‚ the triple challenges of poverty‚ unemployment and inequality still bear a largely black face. Race will continue to be a key factor in all our transformation efforts.

"We must remind the DA and other opponents of BBBEE that the de-racialisation of our economy not only makes good business sense but is also a critical prerequisite for political and economic stability in our country‚" added the ANC.

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