- The DA's leader John Steenhuisen says that Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment is not helping South Africa
- Steenhuisen maintains that since the policy has been introduced, the lives of black people in Mzansi have not improved
- Mzansi social media users weighed in on the matter, with some asking if not BBBEE, what is the DA's plan?
The Democratic Alliance's (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has said that Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment is not working for South Africa. Steenhuisen insists that the policy is not doing anyone any favours as black households are poorer than when it was first introduced.
"We have to accept that it has been a failure and black households are now 10 percent poorer than they were at the commencement of it and unemployment has jumped up dramatically," said Steenhuisen.
He added that more people in South Africa are living in poverty and that should be an indicator that the policy is not working. Steenhuisen called the policy "narrow-focused".
Reactions were mixed on social media from the DA leader's comments here are a few comments from Mzansi social media users:
@DMichaeld85 commented: "I hate DA but this time I fully agree with them because all we gained out of BBBEE is nothing but corruption, poor service delivery & tons of assassinations of our loved ones, or tenders they received 'fair and square'."
@shabangu_jay said: "The BEE policy works, there's just tons of loop holes that enable explorations through trust funds mostly. Trust funds with complex legal structures where the beneficiaries don't even know their signatures are being used to benefit the non BEE."
@WINESSN0B said: "Its not. What is the DA proposing though?"
In other political news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape government found no evidence of racism at Brackenfell High. The Western Cape Department of Education has released its preliminary report on racism allegations at Brackenfell High School.
The school has been cleared of racism in the report despite the immense uproar over an alleged whites-only matric party. Education MEC Debbie Schäfer explained that the report is set to be released to the public soon:
"All indications are exactly what we said before, it was a private event organised by a private individual who was disappointed that their child couldn't get their matric function, which was cancelled by the school."
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