- eThekwini Municipality has been condemned for holding an auction only for black people
- The event barred people of all other races from participating
- The municipality says they are now trying to determine who issued this instruction
The eThekwini Municipality has received significant backlash after deciding to only allow black people to participate in a municipal car auction.
Citizens of all other races were excluded from the auction, which took place on Friday.
The move has since drawn criticism from several political parties, as well as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
This is the second such auction the municipality has held, which it refers to as a 'radical economic transformation auction', Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The event involved the auctioning off of several municipal vehicles. It was initially advertised as being open to women of all races, as well as youth, military veterans, people with disabilities and medium and micro-enterprises.
However, according to IOL, Indian and coloured people had been interested but were not allowed to participate.
A senior official at the SAHRC says that they will be looking into the matter and will speak with the municipality about the auction.
A spokesperson for the eThekwini Municipality has confirmed that races other than Africans were excluded from the event. The municipality says it is now conducting its own investigation to find out who issued this instruction.
"The auction was meant for women of all races," said city spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela. "The city will, however, investigate if any rules of the auction were violated."
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