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Solidarity blasts SA's affirmative action

The union says the state’s race-based policies go beyond what is internationally allowed.

FILE: The union's complaint relates to what it says is government's disregard for the UN convention aimed at eliminating racial discrimination. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Trade union Solidarity says South Africa's race policies no longer comply with international requirements for affirmative action.

Solidarity is hosting a conference in Cape Town to solicit input for its complaint to the United Nations (UN) against the South African government's affirmative action practices.

The union says the complaint relates to what it says is government's disregard for the UN convention aimed at eliminating racial discrimination.

Solidarity says more than 300,000 South Africans have already shown support for its complaint to the UN.

The union plans to submit its shadow or alternative report to the UN by August.

Solidarity's Dirk Hermann says the support the union has received so far is a reflection of the public's dissatisfaction with what he called the government's destructive affirmative action practices.

Hermann says the state's race-based policies go beyond what is internationally allowed.