IRR welcomes proposal to scrap BEE
22 April 2022
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) welcomes the Democratic Alliance’s Private Members Bill to scrap BEE from government tender processes, and will be submitting recommendations to Speaker of the National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on how race-based empowerment can be replaced, and why.
IRR Head of Campaigns Gabriel Crouse said: “South Africa is one step closer to finally being liberated from race law. The IRR called for this for most of the last century. There are many more steps to climb and we need many more parties to join the long walk to freedom from race law.”
The IRR argued against laws discriminating by race under apartheid, and has continued to argue that the principle supporting non-racialism has not changed in the years since 1994. Basic human dignity, economic efficiency, and democratic social cohesion all demand that people judge one another by the content of their character rather than the pigment in their skin.
People were far more willing and able to collaborate than the agents of apartheid would ever admit, as demonstrated by former IRR CEO John Kane-Berman’s work on the “silent revolution”.