- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africans should view Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) as a policy to be embraced by all
- DA leader John Steenhuisen asked Ramaphosa in Parliament if he was willing to commit himself to non-racialism by discarding policies such as BEE
- The president said that provisions such as BEE were added to promote equality because, in the past, apartheid policies favoured one race over another
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to look at Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) as a policy that should be embraced by everyone. The president said that the aim of it was to empower previously disadvantaged groups.
Ramaphosa said this as he was responding to a question from DA leader John Steenhuisen in Parliament during the week.
Steenhuisen said that race-based policies were tearing South Africa apart and he asked if the president was willing to commit himself to non-racialism by scrapping policies such as BEE.
In response to the question from the DA leader, Ramaphosa said that the Constitution has provisions that seek to promote equality because apartheid policies privileged one race over another.
“We cannot then say, when provision is made to lift up those who were unprivileged, that that in itself is a racist act," he said.
The president said that those who think that black empowerment is a racist policy are wrong and BEE should be embraced by all South Africans.
“I’m frankly surprised at those who, having enjoyed the privileges of the past regime, take umbrage and are very angry when those who have never enjoyed those privileges are lifted up.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported about Mzansi's reaction to Cyril Ramaphosa's latest "family meeting". South Africans tuned in to listen with bated breath to the latest speech by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. He warned South Africans that a second lockdown could be on the cards unless individuals take responsibility for their actions amid the pandemic.
To many people's relief, he said that the restrictions on liquor and international travel are set to be relaxed soon. However, he did extend the national disaster management act another month until December.
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