(Corine Gatti, Headline USA) South Africa’s governing African National Congress has proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act that would force whites out of jobs because of their race, causing many to flee the country.
ANC’s affirmative action and black economic empowerment policies were created to promote black economic empowerment and addressed the inequalities created by the apartheid in 1994.
Then, companies were only permitted to employ a few white people in management positions, largely reserved for black citizens. If passed, the new amendments would obstruct whites from working in these positions, and possibly from finding employment across the board, the Gateway Pundit reported.
The latest amendments to the Employment Equity Act are unconstitutional and racist said John Steenhuisen, the leader of the chief opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. He likened the proposed policies to apartheid and called them an extension of the ruling party’s practice of cadre deployment, where party loyalty was valued over skill when it comes to job appointments.
In an interview with The Epoch Times, the 47-year-old condemned the policy as a form of social engineering that unfairly targets non-black individuals. Steenhuisen was frustrated by the corrupt jobs-for-pals schemes and failed job creation policies of the ANC.
“The latest apartheid-like policy from the ANC is nothing but a ban on giving work to people who the ANC says are not black enough,” said Steenhuisen who was working to unseat the ruling African National Congress in next year’s national elections in what he referred to as the latest “apartheid-like policy” from the ANC.
Dirk Hermann, 50, is a South African labor executive and head of Solidarity, a trade union that operates in South Africa, has seen firsthand the impact of this exodus, as his colleagues and friends left in droves, frustrated by the corrupt jobs-for-pals schemes and failed job creation policies of the ANC.
“Our research shows that it’s not only skilled white South Africans leaving the country but also Indian, colored [mixed race] and black citizens,” Hermann told The Epoch Times.
Hermann said it is unacceptable for the government to use race to control the workplace.
The latest amendments to the Employment Equity Act could push millions of more white citizens who emigrated to countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in search of better job opportunities.