NEWS24 - OPINION / 29 SEPTEMBER 2021 - 16.22 / EBRAHIM HARVEY
Ebrahim Harvey argues that our body politic over the past decade has been going through a pronounced and narrow Africanism in general terms, as a result of Affirmative Action policies.
Hardly any political analysts have specifically addressed the severe and multifaceted problems the adoption and implementation of Affirmative Action (AA) legislation for our society since the Employment Equity Act 55 was implemented in 1998.
There is a racialist, ethnic and ultimately narrow Africanist approach to Affirmative Action in South Africa that potentially benefits the ANC at election time, argues the writer. (iStock)
On the face of it, there can be no doubt that, given our racist history in South Africa, such laws were necessary to try and level the playing field by giving everyone, irrespective of race, colour or creed, opportunities to apply for and secure employment in the broad job market and, as a result of that lengthy past, prioritise black people, who suffered overtly racist discrimination for very long, for that purpose.................
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