Gauteng and Eastern Cape provincial leaders of the DA say they are unhappy with the party’s stance on empowerment and are set to challenge it at a federal executive committee meeting next week. This followed a statement released on Monday by the party to clarify its stance on BEE after confusing and contradictory positions were uttered by its leaders over the weekend. In a joint statement released by DA federal council chairman James Selfe and head of policy Gwen Ngwenya on Monday, they said the party acknowledged the legacy of apartheid and its impact on society, saying redress was both a "moral and economic imperative". "Crucially, we have always said that we aim to achieve a society in which race is not a determinant of opportunity. We have argued that empowerment policies need to become less race-focused over time, as the policies begin to do their work in redressing the legacy of apartheid," they said in the statement.

The announcement was lauded by the liberal grouping w...

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