Zille: DA supports effective BBBEE

Helen Zille says her party supports BBBEE if it creates jobs for everyone.

Helen Zillle is greeted by supporters in Phoenix, Durban. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says the party supports Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) if it creates jobs and does not enrich a small group of the elite.

Zille was speaking at the Cape Town Press Club in Newlands on Thursday.

She was answering questions about her party's handling of the Employment Equity Amendment Bill, her cabinet and the city's toilet wars.

Zille says the DA supports the equality clause in the Constitution 100 percent, adding the state must address the wrongs of the past.

However, she admits her party dropped the ball on the new proposed Employment Equity Amendment Act.

Her Members of Parliament did an about turn on the act recently by first supporting it and then opposing it.

Zille believes the legislation makes it harder for people to get jobs and is in conflict with the National Development Plan, which she says her party has always supported.

On her all-male cabinet, which she has often been criticised for in the past, Zille says she has been working with MECs she has been given and no women had put up their hands for the posts.