DA: New labour draft law restricts Indians’ mobility

2014-04-01 00:00

THE new draft employment equity regulations announced by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant in February amount to racial discrimination, according to the Democratic Alliance.

At a press briefing in Mount Edgecombe yesterday, KZN party leader Sizwe Mchunu said the regulations sought to discriminate among South Africans according to skin colour.

“If adopted, it will put Indians out of jobs almost immediately. It will make our economy less competitive and will kill jobs for everyone over time,” he said.

The regulations force all firms to use national demographics to determine the ideal racial make-up of top management positions.

“The problem is that KZN’s demographics are very different from the national demographic profile. There are more Indians in KZN than the national average. This means that there will be no upward mobility for Indians in our province. What we need are regional demographics to be used in each case to ensure that everyone in the province gets a fair chance in the job market and promotions,” said Mchunu.

He said the regulations were similar to the call by the Mazibuye Forum to restrict Indians from getting government tenders and be stripped of affirmative action benefits.

“We reject these racial quotas in favour of programmes that actively promote advancement of black, Indian and coloured people by extending opportunities,” said Mchunu. The party filed its submission on the regulations yesterday, the deadline for public comment on the bill. Sandy Kalyan, the DAs national deputy chief whip, said in November a letter was sent to President Jacob Zuma asking him not to sign the bill into law.

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