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WC objects to EE regulations

The DA says applying national demographics would negatively affect the coloured population.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Thursday dismissed the Western Cape's objection to its proposed employment equity (EE) regulations.

The DA says applying national demographics would negatively affect the majority coloured population in the Western Cape.

But Oliphant says the province is the worst performing when it comes to EE and in the marginalisation of black people in top management.

The minister says the Western Cape is simply not complying with the law.

"Where are the coloured communities and the Africans in top management positions? You can't find those people."

She defended the EE draft regulations by saying it will rectify what she has called as a crisis.

If signed into law, companies and government institutions with a staff compliment exceeding 150 people will be forced to balance provincial and national demographics in the top three levels of management.

The DA-lead Western Cape government on Wednesday announced it would take legal action if the new regulations were signed into law.