United NationsNetwerk24 writes that it was reported by Dr Dirk Hermann, chief executive of trade union Solidarity, on Wednesday that the South African government will have to give feedback to the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) about the impact of affirmative action in South Africa.  

It must also report on whether it is complying with the requirements set out in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  The CERD furthermore recommends that the government should report in full on the impact affirmative action has on employment, training and on political and public matters.  Solidarity and AfriForum had submitted a shadow report to the committee, arguing that government’s policy of racial quotas was not in line with the Convention.  The CERD emphasised that a more holistic approach has to be followed when it comes to the use of statistics.


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