Lobby groups to use Employment Equity Act in sports quota challenge

AfriForum & Solidarity have announced plans to challenge the implementation of race quotas in sport.

FILE: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - Lobby group AfriForum and trade union Solidarity have announced plans to use a provision of the Employment Equity Act to challenge the implementation of race quotas in sport.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula last month announced that several sporting codes, including rugby and athletics, would be prohibited from hosting international events for their failure to meet transformation targets.

The rights organisations announced in Centurion today that they are launching a comprehensive local and international legal challenge to the quota system in South African sport.

Solidarity's Dirk Hermann says the Employment Equity Act is the only legislation that regulates Affirmative Action between employers and employees, and it prohibits quotas.

"Employers can use a jobs inherent requirements and the availability of skills as reasons why the national demographics cannot be set as a target."

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel says representivity should be nurtured from grassroots level.

"You're not going to reach this by an artificial racial quota system. You are going to reach this by making sure that South African schools are functional."

The groups also intend lodging complaints with the United Nations.

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