- John Steenhuisen claims that affirmative action policies are holding South Africa back
- The Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader hopes to see these policies scrapped
- Steenhuisen claims that initiatives such as BBBEE have been a failure and calls for more creative models
DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen claims that policies dictated by race are holding the nation back and hopes to see them scrapped.
Speaking to DispatchLIVE, Steenhuisen called for more creative models such as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and the grant system:
“If you look at BBBEE, which relies solely on race as its determinant, it has been a complete failure. Anyone who does not regard race as an issue in SA is frankly naive and out of touch. We have a situation where we have had hundreds of years of oppression and then some still expect everyone to start on a clean slate."
Steenhuisen insists that policies address these issues, but fail to solve the problem of inequality:
“We need to be more creative. We do this already with NSFAS, which relies on income and social grants which do not rely on the colour of your skin. They are lifting people out of poverty without resorting to crude pencil tests and [skin colour] checks."
The former chief whip wants race to be a proxy for disadvantage, but not the only proxy to being disadvantaged.
Briefly.co.za reported that Steenhuisen was eyeing the top spot in the opposition party, following Mmusi Maimane's resignation as leader last month.
Steenhuisen claims policies such as affirmative action serve only a very small group, who benefit from numerous deals while the majority of black South Africans remain 'locked out of the economy'.
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