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Background

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:

  • Different silos for different racial and gender groups are created.
  • It is an attempt to create a future by means of social manipulation.
  • Racial classification is again being institutionalised in South Africa.
  • Racial differences have become the basis for decision-making.
  • The focus is not on past prejudices but on race only.
  • There is no sunset clause because the racial demography is constantly changing.
  • There is no focus on training and development of people, but only on mathematical outcomes.
  • Racial quotas are pursued without considering service delivery.

International affirmative action practice, on the other hand, provides as follows:

  • No silos may be created; class should also be considered and race may be used only in extreme cases.
  • Prejudice in its entirety should be rectified and not by using figures alone.
  • Institutionalisation of forms of racial classification should be guarded against.
  • There should be a sunset clause that goes only as far as is necessary and with a view to using merit only.
  • A variety of factors should be taken into account, including fairness and individual merit in operational requirements.
  • The focus should be on training and development of people as the most important methods of corrective action.
  • The focus should be on good service delivery as a form of corrective action, especially for the poor.

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.

 

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