DA says BEE benefits the connected: Calls for new needs-based model

DA says BEE benefits the connected: Calls for new needs-based model

- The Democratic Alliance has reiterated calls for Black Economic Empowerment to be scrapped

- Instead, the opposition party envision as model that focuses on people's needs, not race

- This comes as analysts claim the party is slowly falling out of favour

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The Democratic Alliance has once again called for Black Economic Empowerment to be done away with.

SowetanLIVE reports that the party's draft discussion document on economic justice reveals beliefs that BEE focuses only on the wealthy and connected.

This leaves the majority of citizens out of the cut, with the party calling on a new model focussing on needs rather than race.

Policy head Gwen Ngwenya says that the current BEE model ensures that those who manage to get a foot in the door continue to benefit as assets, positions and contracts are exchanged between the elite.

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Ngwenya explained that the DA's policy would take a bottom-up approach focusing on the drivers of inequality:

"This policy follows an approach which is based on need and disadvantage as opposed to race. One's race does not change regardless of how empowered you become. BEE has enabled people to benefit on the basis of their race who do not need assistance at the expense of those who do. This policy will ensure that the disadvantaged benefit from redress."

However, analyst Ralph Mathekga says the opposition party has been slowly falling out of favour with voters after losing a Western Cape by-election to the ANC.

This comes as the Economic Freedom Fighters rise in popularity, led by Julius Malema, reports the Citizen.

Briefly.co.za reported that the DA recently lost two heavyweight politicians to Herman Mashaba's new party.

The party is expected to be launched in July after the former Joburg Mayor resigned from the opposition party.

This had come in the wake of former leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille's return to the party as federal council chairperson.

This move had also prompted leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation, with Maimane and Mashaba working together on their respective new endeavours.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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