'Affirmative action has failed'

The FW de Klerk foundation has come out to label affirmative as ineffective.

FW de Klerk, the last leader of white South Africa. Picture:Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The FW de Klerk foundation said on Wednesday that affirmative action has only helped a small percentage of previously disadvantaged South Africans.

The comments were sparked by the battle in the Labour Court between trade union Solidarity and Correctional Services over the promotion of 10 officials.

Solidarity has taken the Ministry to the Labour Court over its employment equity plan, arguing that it has a negative effect on coloured people.

The foundation's Dave Steward said while they supported affirmative action, it's done very little since the advent of democracy.

He said South Africa is an even more unequal society than it was in 1994.

Steward alluded that affirmative action has helped only 10% to 15% of people who were previously disadvantaged, but it has done nothing for the bottom 60% of the population.