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WC is a 'reserve for the privileged'

The ANC has lambasted the Western Cape for its slow pace when it comes to Employment Equity.

The ANC has lambasted the Western Cape for its slow pace when it comes to transformation.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC on Tuesday lashed out at the Western Cape calling it a "reserve for the privileged."

An ANC Member of Parliament (MP) cited the findings of a recent labour report, which ranks the province as the worst performing region when it comes to Employment Equity (EE).

According to the document, white males occupy 47.9 percent of senior positions in the private sector in the province.

But the DA's Andricus van der Westhuizen questioned the validity of the report.

"It combines provincial and local figures. When one looks at the DA-run provincial government's senior management levels, one sees that 77.7 percent of senior employees fall within the designated black groups."

But Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant dismissed his claims.

"Those figures were given by the director general of this province and therefore, you must not mislead this house."

Nationally, males continue to dominate in the workplace in all professions while women are underrepresented.