DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi highlights the contradiction at the heart of the DA’s thinking on race and empowerment when he writes that “the DA acknowledges that there is a growing black middle class and thus race cannot be the only determinant for disadvantage going forward” (“DA’s BEE Stance Balanced”, April 2).

He is right. Three times as many black as white students are graduating from SA universities with degrees in business and management. The number of black households in the top monthly expenditure category recorded by StatsSA is now higher than the number of white households. Much of the black middle class is first generation, while the white middle class is more deeply established, and this is a very important distinction. Some degree of racial parity has nevertheless been reached in the middle classes, though the black population as a whole still suffers much higher levels of social and economic deprivation than do whites. Malatsi goes on to say that the BEE scorec...

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