19 April 2013

South Africa: The State of Employment Equity in the Western Cape

press release

The African National Congress has noted the 13th Commission for Employment Equity Annual Report released yesterday, 18th April 2013, by the Department of Labour.

The figures presented by the CEE Annual Report paint a disheartening picture of an extremely sluggish pace of transformation with the Western Cape province being the most resistant to transformation. The Western Cape's conscious disregard of the laws of this country and the lack of understanding of the aspirations of our people do not surprise us as the DA continues to promote divisive and separate development in that province.

The DA Provincial Cabinet is comprised of only male MECs, the majority of whom are white with a token sprinkling of blacks, and sets the very low standard to which the rest of the province would aspire. It is an accepted fact that the DA government delivers services primarily to the white minority, ignoring predominantly black areas, re-emphasising the point that Coloured, Indian and Africans are still considered second-class citizens by the Democratic Alliance.

The fact that in the Western Cape white males occupy almost two-thirds of all top management jobs and that white females are more than all blacks combined at this level is an indication of a province led by a regressive and reactionary leadership hell-bent on returning us to the days of white supremacy and superiority. The true intention of the Democratic Alliance is exposed; the lack of opportunities and treatment of black people in the province they lead is irrefutable evidence of their commitment to reverse the gains of the Coloured, Indian and African people of this country.

Since 1994, the ANC led government has repealed legislation that was designed to perpetuate the inferior status of blacks in general and Africans in particular. Our abiding commitment to build a non-racial, non-sexist country has seen the ANC government enact progressive legislation to redress the past imbalances and create an equitable society for all South Africans.

It is evident that the ANC led provinces and the national government are continuing to prioritise transformative and affirmative programmes with a view to address the injustices of past. In this regard, a number of instruments including charters have been developed with the intention to accelerate the pace of implementation of transformation and equity. The ANC government has further, in many platforms, called for the creation of partnerships between all societal players particularly the private sector, government and labour, for a social compact that would see the progressive redress of the sins of the past whilst building an inclusive and growing economy. The same cannot be said for the provincial government of the Western Cape that is largely led by white males.

The African National Congress has confidence that all South Africans truly committed to building a united, prosperous, peaceful, non-racial and non-sexist country will remain silent no longer on the reactionary outpost and the last bastion of the apartheid regime that is the DA. Their attempt to hoodwink our people while brazenly undermining their aspirations must not be allowed to continue.

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