The DA wants to simplify the current Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard if it gets elected into government. The party on Saturday released its policy position on the legislation which has led to much controversy within the DA over the past year. The party’s stance on BBBEE was among the reasons its former policy chief Gwen Ngwenya quit in January. The party went into a tailspin after Ngwenya announced that the party ditched BEE, with senior leaders openly contradicting each other on the subject.

The issue was between two factions in the DA, with the pure liberals saying that race should not be a proxy for disadvantage, while the other grouping argued that it was. The party made it clear that it rejects Black Economic Empowerment in its current form as it is being used by the ANC “to enrich only a politically connected elite and to dampen economic growth, at the cost of job creation.” The party said in its manifesto that its approach would see the curre...

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