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IRR: SA needs alternative policy

Institute of Race Relations claimed Affirmative Action is being used to conceal corruption and incompetence.

Institute of Race Relations claimed Affirmative Action is being used to conceal corruption and incompetence. Picture: corruptionwatch.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - There have been mixed views after the Institute of Race Relations said South Africa needed an alternative policy that focuses on the poor.

The institute claimed Affirmative Action is being used to conceal corruption and incompetence and many vulnerable communities are paying a deadly price for this.

The organisation cited the deaths of three babies in Bloemhof in the North West, blamed on contaminated drinking water as an example.

The institute's Frans Cronje said, "It doesn't use your race to identify you as a beneficiary of the policy but rather your social and economic circumstances. The advantage there is that race can't be used to justify inappropriate appointments."

However, Congress of South African Trade Unions' Patrick Craven said it's misleading to blame Affirmative Action.

"The government shouldn't be deterred from using the policy and they should try to enforce it more effectively."

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