While tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane insists that using the broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) codes to allocate relief funding for the Covid-19 pandemic is a legal requirement, I would contend that the opposite is true.

The constitution prohibits unfair discrimination, and while discrimination to rectify previous discriminatory practices is allowed, the Covid-19 pandemic is a natural disaster and did not arise as a result of previous discriminatory laws...

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