Solidarity and AfriForum lose bid against race for Covid-19 tourism relief
The court ruled that using BEE codes as a criterion for assisting companies in the sector is not unlawful; the matter will now head to the Constitution Court
Union Solidarity and lobby group AfriForum, on Thursday, failed in their court bid to challenge tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s decision to provide support to distressed firms and establishments in the sector based on broad-based BEE (B-BBEE) codes,, among other considerations.
The North Gauteng high court ruled that the department of tourism’s decision to consider empowerment codes as criterion for assisting companies is not unlawful. The court was of the view that the criterion does not perpetuate an unfair advantage for some candidates over others based on race, but rather has the effect of providing those candidates with a head start...