Use evidence instead of assumption
The article “A Wide River to Cross” (Features, August 9-15) assumes that the DA’S proposal for an alternative empowerment policy based on disadvantage will cost the party votes. However, survey data shows significant dissatisfaction with the current race-based model of BEE.
According to a Markdata poll, just 13.1% of South Africans believe BEE has helped them personally, while an Institute for Justice & Reconciliation survey has found that fewer than half (48.6%) of respondents think BEE has ensured black participation in the economy. In the same survey, fewer than half
(49.2%) of respondents believe race categories should be used to measure progress.
Last week, when the DA’S alternative stance to BEE was in the news, the party won the Ward 3 by-election in the Walter Sisulu municipality in the Eastern Cape. The DA’S support grew from 39.9% to 50.7%, while the ANC’S declined from 53.2% to 38.5%.
There is an important discussion to be had on how best to redress the inequities of apartheid and genuinely empower disadvantaged South Africans, most of whom are black.
Let’s use evidence instead of assumption as the basis for this debate.