- Cyril Ramaphosa said it was not true that young white South Africans were at a disadvantage
- The president added that statistics showed a bigger percentage of black youths were unemployed, adding government should redress the injustices of the past
- Thus, he pointed out the importance of Black Economic Empowerment, Employment Equity and transformation of the education system
President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to a parliament member, who suggested young white South Africans were excluded form job opportunities and bursaries because of the colour of their skin.
“Yesterday there was a concern raised about Black Economic Empowerment and affirmative action, one of our members raised such an issue,” he said.
Ramaphosa said the member’s concern should be addressed and not be ignored. However, the president did add he does not agree with the member’s statement.
The new head of state said it was unrealistic that white young people were treated unfairly in the economic sector. He added South African statistics showed white young people this fared better in develop indicators such as education, employment, entrepreneurial opportunities and well-being
Briefly.co.za gathered according to the statistics given by the president, 30% of Africans were without jobs compared to the 7% of white people.
“Big difference, so one can never say the others are much more advantaged than the others,” Ramaphosa said.
He stated white young people were still favoured above black individuals in employment opportunities.
Ramaphosa added white people were also more likely to finish their high school careers and continue to pursue a tertiary education.
The Citizen reported Ramaphosa said the probability of white South Africans completing a degree or other higher education course was higher. He added they were also more likely to enter the labour market with better prospects than their fellow black peers.
“White South Africans, particularly men, still dominate at the senior levels of the economy. That cannot be denied, that cannot be disputed, ever,” he said.
According to Ramaphosa, about 10 years ago he read a front-page article, which stated white people’s economic situation were improving, while black people’s situation regressed.
He added although the country has made progress since 1994, it still has a long road ahead of it.
Ramaphosa said moving forward, it is critical that there is a focus Black Economic Empowerment, Employment Equity and transformation of the education system.
He added working towards non-racial society does not mean Apartheid and colonialism should be forgotten.
“It requires the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from the economic and political bondage that still holds them back.”, he explained.
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