The shadow report has a broader reach than just Solidarity and its members. Solidarity is focusing on a matter that affects all South Africans and has become a focal point for all, regardless of race. South Africans across a broad spectrum have had enough of the inferior police service resulting from an inordinate focus on race, think it is extremely unfair to apply the national racial demography in the Western Cape, and think it is absurd to get rid of skills at Eskom with an aggressive quota system in the midst of a power crisis. South Africans across a broad spectrum also are sick and tired of quotas in sport in spite of international directives that clearly do not allow this. Consequently, Solidarity is expecting support from all quarters in our public consultation process.
In the charge, the DCS, who want to apply the national racial demography in the Western Cape, the SAPS’s affirmative action policy, the Renate Barnard case, the use of the national demography on Eskom’s technical job levels as well as the Minister of Sport’s ban on international sports meetings as a result of non-compliance with quotas, are used as case studies.
In a joint section, Solidarity and AfriForum demonstrated that the government not only contravenes the regulations of international sports bodies, but also ignores local legislation. According to an opinion poll conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations, 78% of South Africans support merit in sport, and 74% of black South Africans support merit in sport.
The charge states that the government’s policy of racial quotas cannot be defined as affirmative action but rather as a form of neo-racism that is acceptable nowhere in the world.
The following are some of the most important points of Solidarity’s charge against the government’s neo-racism:
International affirmative action practice, on the other hand, provides as follows:
Therefore, South Africa’s programme of racial representivity does not comply with the definition of affirmative action.
One of the requirements of the UN for Solidarity to be successful is to demonstrate local support. Solidarity wishes to demonstrate that hundreds of thousands of people reject racial quotas.
Simply SMS the word legal to 34802 and become part of the thousands who reject racial quotas.