An auction planned for March next year in eThekwini has raised eyebrows with its announcement that coloured, Indian and white South Africans will not be allowed to participate.
The city’s chief financial officer, Krish Kumar, has said there is nothing illegal about the auction.
“We (the city) made it clear to exco. The head of SCM (supply chain management) made it very clear that we will be following clearly the actual principles outlined in the PFA and the BEE code.”
The Democratic Alliance has taken the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission and wants the exclusion of minorities from the auction to be investigated, according to the IOL.
Thabani Mthethwa, the DA’s Thekwini caucus chief whip, said last year that an auction much like the planned one took place and he said that it was an embarrassment.
Advocate Ashin Singh, the convenor of the South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem), said that according to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA), Indians and coloured are classed as black.
He stated that:
“To exclude people on the basis of race is unconstitutional. This constitutes racist behaviour.”
Earlier, zanewsonline.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters have signalled their pleasure at their legal victory at Brackenfell High School after the Western Cape High Court ruled in the party’s favour.
Reacting to the verdict on Wednesday, the EFF declared the outcome historic in a statement on the subject:
“In a historic judgement, the desire to operate as a silo from the broader country by those who yearn to return us to a repressive Apartheid past was crushed, and the interdict sought by Brackenfell High and its racist collaborators dismissed.”