Thulas “Fire Pool” Nxesi has manifestly given little thought to the consequences of his Employment Equity Amendment Bill, which is designed to legislate penalties against employers for failing to comply with affirmative action. 

For one thing, he clearly fails to understand that empowering the government to regulate sector targets (a cornerstone of the bill) must be a non-starter. Consider the failures of all command economies and it becomes evident that state planners come a distant second to market forces.

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