July 20, 2024

DA To Hold Mass Protest Against ANC Race Quotas

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This comes after QES released by Statistics South Africa reveals 97 000 jobs were lost between March 2022 and March 2023.

FILE PHOTO: DA supporters march to Luthuli House to protest against the energy crisis South Africa is currently facing. PICTURE: Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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CAPE TOWN: The DA’s next contribution to the fightback against the ANC’s race quotas will be the mass protest in Cape Town on 26 July.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that a mass protest against the ANC’s race quotas is on the cards for Cape Town on 26 July.

In a statement issued on Thursday, 29 June, the opposition party shared that the protest is to take a stance against the ruling party’s race quotas recently introduced through the Employment Equity Amendment Act (EEAA).

The protest is to build on the success achieved by Trade Union Solidarity in the form of a settlement reached with the South African government via the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

This comes after Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) released by Statistics South Africa reveals 97 000 jobs were lost between March 2022 and March 2023.

“We invite every South African who values non-racialism, fair access to jobs and a thriving private economy to join us on the streets of Cape Town on 26 July to demand the complete scrapping of the Act’s provisions that give the Minister of Employment and Labour the power to set racial quotas.

In terms of this settlement, the government has agreed to amend the regulations issued in terms of the Act to recognise that race-based affirmative action must be temporary, that there can be no absolute prohibition on employing people based on race, and that skills must be taken into account.”

The party says it’s in agreement with Solidarity that there has been a breakthrough regarding the regulations which has been influenced by a community standing together.

“This is a clear signal that a whole-of-society approach, where we work together towards a common goal, can succeed,” the party said in a statement.

“The DA’s next contribution to the fightback against the ANC’s race quotas will be the mass protest in Cape Town on 26 July, where we will be inviting our partners in civil society to join us on the streets.

“This united fight against race quotas and the successes we are already achieving also reinforces the urgency and potential of the Moonshot Pact,” the party said.

The Moonshot Pact is the DA’s hope that opposition parties will unite to form a viable alternative to the ANC’s rule of government next year.

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