Friday, October 3, 2014

SAPS needs affirmative action

For millions of South Africans affirmative action means a long overdue chance to come into their own and start enjoying the good things the country has to offer. For others, particularly those leading comfortable lives today, it signifies a new form of discrimination and injustice, a vengeful form of juggling around with race quotas so as to threaten their livelihoods and security. 

We see this as a false choice. If well handled, affirmative action will help bind the nation together and produce benefits for everyone. If badly managed, it will simply redistribute resentment, damage the economy and destroy social peace. If not undertaken at all, the country will remain backward and divided at its heart.

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