Mandela slates 'crass' proposal to exclude coloured and Indian BEE contractors

October 17, 2017

News 24 / 2017-10-16 20:09 / Jenni Evans

 

Cape Town - A proposal to exclude South Africans who are coloured and those of Indian descent from lucrative state contracts in KwaZulu-Natal is ill-conceived and designed to only benefit the advantaged, said MP and chief Nkosi Zwelivelile "Mandla" Mandela on Monday.

"The proposal flies in the face of the significant contribution that other sectors of the historically disadvantaged have made to the struggle for freedom, justice and democracy," said the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela.

 

Mandla Mandela (Foto24)
 

This was after the Sunday Times reported on a proposal by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for economic development Sihle Zikalala to reconfigure black economic empowerment policies to benefit "black Africans" for state contracts worth more than R50m.

Mandela said the focus should be on rooting out corruption and narrowing the urban-rural divide caused by apartheid policies.

 

'Insensitive and crass'

The proposal also flies in the face of the ANC's Mangaung resolution for radical economic transformation for all who were historically disadvantaged. Zikalala is also ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

He said the contributions of Dullah Omar, Imam Gassan Solomon, Lizzy Abrahams, Bibi Dawood, Dulcie September, Anton Fransch, Fatima Meer, Amina Cachalia and many others could be regarded as "lesser" contributions than those made by people that apartheid classified as Africans.