- Mmusi Maimane said the party still supports race-based redress, but disagrees with the ANC's BBBEE policies
- He accused BBBEE of being used to enrich a small group of politically-connected elites
- Some analysts, however, have expressed doubt over whether this policy shift will be successful
The DA has announced that it will no longer support BBBEE as a party policy.
This comes ahead of the the unveiling of the party's manifesto. The party's leader, Mmusi Maimane, told a press conference that the DA still supports policies aimed at redressing past injustices.
However, he said that he wanted to promote a measure which would be "truly broad-based in that it seeks to break down the wall that exists between the 'haves' and the 'have nots'."
This policy shift comes in the wake of the resignation of the party's head of policy, Gwen Ngwenya.
Ngwenya wrote a four-page resignation, in which she accused the DA of not caring enough about policy.
Maimane went on to say that the DA was not abandoning race-based redress completely, only that it disagreed with the ANC's approach to BBBEE. He accused it of serving only to enrich a politically-connected elite.
Alongside the announcement about BBBEE, Maimane also announced the party's ambitious plans of taking power in Gauteng and the Northern Cape in addition to the Western Cape.
He also said that the ANC had lost support since the 2014 elections, while the DA had gained voters.
Some political analysts, however, expressed doubt over whether the DA's announcement would help them gain voters.
Some experts said the policy did not gel with the DA's founding liberal values, while at the same time not going far enough to win over black voters.
Several described it as an attempt to win political points, but questioned what the party was trying to achieve with the policy.
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