Reject racial criteria for Tourism Relief Fund

The DA rejects the application of racial criteria in determining eligibility for government relief for businesses affected by Covid-19.

We call on President Ramaphosa to immediately instruct the ministers in his cabinet to comply with his government’s own assurances given on the 24th of March that assistance to Covid-stricken businesses will be available to all South Africans.

It has now emerged in a letter written by the Minister of Tourism, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane, to MMC for Economic Opportunities in the City of Cape Town, James Vos, that her Department will indeed be guided by the BEE codes in administering the Tourism Relief Fund.

The ANC cannot bring itself to do what is right. They still consider the race of the employer more important than the plight of the employee.

We cannot play political ideology games at this time. Government cannot threaten the livelihoods of thousands of desperate South Africans for the sake of ensuring a hollow victory for racial nationalism.

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