Former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has joined the party's campaign trail, lamenting SA's Black Economic Empowerment policy in the process. Leon claims the policy is a 'scam', solely benefiting ANC government and those connected to it.
Former Democratic Alliance head Tony Leon is out on the campaign trail for the party and headed to the streets of Joburg yesterday morning.
According to Sunday World, Leon denounced Black Economic Empowerment as a 'scam' designed to benefit ANC leadership and those connected to it:
"I have not met many people on the ground who have benefited from BEE. I, however, know a lot of people in Luthuli House and their relatives and friends who benefit from BEE."
Leon claims to have met BEE beneficiaries, saying that it only served to cement his concerns. The former DA leader says that affirmative action is a progressive policy, but only when implemented in the correct way.
"I think affirmative action when properly applied is a wonderful corrective measure for any country... but if you spend time and effort ticking boxes and deciding whose family is going to benefit from which scheme you are not going to create any jobs."
Leon says that the policy should be aimed at creating 'economic growth', highlighting the fact that it was not his view, but President Cyril Ramaphosa's:
"You need to do it in a way where you're creating 5% economic growth, not a percent, and it is not me saying it but Cyril said it in his pre-election campaign, saying we've got to create a million jobs."
Further to this, Leon claims that the ANC-led state was failing at creating a conducive environment for business and job creation, adamant that only the Democratic Alliance is capable, with the Western Cape province serving as proof of this.
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