The Democratic Alliance has come out strongly against government’s race-based redress policies. It says as long as South Africans are excluded from opportunity, based on race, the economy can't grow. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance has come out strongly against government’s race-based redress policies.
It says as long as South Africans are excluded from opportunity -- based on race -- the economy can't grow.
The party has launched its draft economic justice policy, in preparation for its policy conference in April.
It argues that a UN model, based on need and disadvantage, is more appropriate for redress.
Following criticism about ambiguous policy after last year’s elections, the DA is now on a mission to clear up any confusion.
“You need to have economic inclusion as the basis to grow the economy and to expand the economic participation in the economy and that is the essence of this particular policy framework, so in essence it’s a deviation from the past,” said the party's interim federal chair Ivan Meyer.
The party says it’s firmly opposed to black economic empowerment, which in its view, has only served to benefit the elite.
“This model has clearly not worked. What we do need to do however is to focus on the actual drivers of inequality on the ground...in other words the very material things that keep the average South African excluded from the economy, keeps them poor and without opportunity,” said DA Policy head, Gwen Ngwenya.
The party is proposing that the corporate sector helps to attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as a means of achieving redress.
It says black economic empowerment is an impediment to economic growth.