Solidarity and AfriForum in court over race-based Tourism Fund

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Solidarity and AfriForum will be in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday,13 April 2021 for the hearing of their case against the Department of Tourism and its Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. This follows after these two institutions were forced to institute legal action because even after talks the minister “still refuses to make the fund available to all tourism businesses.”

Head of Legal Matters at Solidarity Anton van der Bijl said to drive transformation and other racial ideologies amid a pandemic that has devastated an industry shows indifference to the need of the very sector the Minister of Tourism has been tasked to support.

“Right now, entrepreneurs and employees in this industry really need the government’s support, but as usual, the government chooses to put its own agenda above the needs of its citizens “ Said Bijl.

According to AfriForum’s campaigns manager Jacques Broodryk it is immoral to exploit a pandemic to promote transformation. “With this fund, the state wants to effectively give money to black entrepreneurs to buy businesses. Obviously, there will be many tourism businesses up for sale as a result of the financial impact of the lockdown measures. It is a fowl blow from the government not to assist these businesses financially, but to exploit them even more.”

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