At the weekend, it was reported that the DA’s federal congress had rejected BEE. Different party members subsequently confirmed or spurned this notion in social media. On Monday, the party put the facts on the table. It had rejected BEE, but only in the form the ANC advocated it. The DA was in fact strongly in favour of broadening economic inclusion "for those that have been previously and deliberately excluded by virtue of race, but also gender and disability". But it was not in favour of doing so on the basis of race. However that did not mean the party did not unequivocally support the empowerment of black South Africans. The party said it aimed to achieve a society in which race was not a determinant of opportunity, although, it conceded race was currently a determinant of opportunities. Trying to make sense of this to-ing and fro-ing is head spinning. The BEE debate in the DA reflects other debates in the party on issues such as the minimum wage, which rank-and-file members sup...

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