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Do not unfairly discriminate against Coloureds with the Employment Equity Amendment Bill, SECTION D 3 [2]

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Two decades after South Africa's successful transition into a democracy and the African black and coloured child still remains the most marginalised. This is according to a study conducted by Stats SA and released late last year, into the way young children under five are growing up. However, should government succeed in its current Employment Equity Amendment Bill, which was gazetted in parliament, in another 20 years the gap between the Coloured and Black child will have widened to the extent that the coloured child will be the most marginalised.

The Employment Equity Amendment Bill which was gazetted in parliament two weeks ago suggest that national demographics should be used by all companies with staff of 150 or more in the three top tier senior positions, with regional demographics applied in the bottom three tiers. This effectively means that in provinces like the Western Cape and the Northern Cape where Coloured people are in the majority, they would be exempt from top level jobs or promotions.

Ronald Dyers from the Kullid Foundation believes that government’s actions is a form of social engineering similar to the apartheid government’s forced removals, where in it forced people from their homes and land to accommodate white people. "This move by government is the strongest indication yet that it supports the call by Jimmy Manyi two years ago for coloured people to migrate to other provinces in an attempt to find work," says Dyers. As an organisation that's at the cold face of issues affecting coloured people, Dyers notes that they are being inundated by stories from people throughout South Africa who have been marginalised through the Affirmative Action policies.

"This policy of government to disadvantage an already disadvantaged community in an attempt to uplift another disadvantaged community is ridiculous," notes Dyers. Coloured communities are already in the grip of drugs and gangsterism because of unemployment and implementing this policy will just worsen this situation. Dyers says they will seek clarification from Minister Mildred Olifant’s department regarding the proposed amendments failing which it will challenge it in court.

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