Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has sent a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to report the African National Congress (ANC) for distributing SA government relief funds in a ‘racially discriminatory way’.
Steenhuisen says the ANC’s choice to use Covid-19 funding to only support BBBEE compliant companies, at a time of national economic crisis, is unconscionable.
“Today I have sent a written petition to the IMF, opposing the use by the SA government of relief funds in a racially discriminatory way,” Steenhuisen said.
In the letter, Steenhuisen says given that this is emergency relief funding to assist stricken businesses to keep their doors open and keep their employees in jobs, it is unconscionable for a government to deny any citizens assistance based on their race.
“I, therefore, urge you to make any funding obtained from the IMF for this purpose conditional on its non-racial use,” Steenhuisen suggested.
“There is a big difference between a government redress programme and emergency relief during a pandemic. Furthermore, the race of a business owner has no bearing on the race of the employees. White-owned businesses have black employees, who have families to support. Withholding emergency relief on the basis of the race of the owner will cause untold misery for these families,” he added.