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AfriForum and Solidarity continue efforts to have TEF deemed racist

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AfriForum has confirmed its continued strife to have Tourism’s TEF deemed racist, as it, together with Solidarity, are set to take the matter to court.

AfriForum’s Ernst Roets took to Twitter on Tuesday, 1 June 2021, to confirm the organisation’s continued strife, together with Solidarity, to have the Department of Tourism’s Tourism Equity Fund (TEF) declared racist. The fund was introduced by Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane with the aim to empower black-owned tourism-related businesses that suffered during the lockdown and empower new black-owned businesses with capital.

The political organisations are in disagreement with the conditions of the fund as they deem the conditions racist. The statement provided context on the contention by quoting Campaign Officer of Strategy and Content at AfriForum, Ernst van Zyl, “The COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s lockdown regulations have affected all businesses in the tourism industry, regardless of the owners’ race. The Minister of Tourism is troubled by the fact that AfriForum and Solidarity are ‘frustrating’ the racist, discriminatory Tourism Equity Fund. However, AfriForum and Solidarity will gladly ‘frustrate’ and oppose those trying to further systemic racism against minorities.”

Currently, the political organisations have counted it a victory that they have interdicted the department to halt payouts from the fund. Their interdict was granted on Friday, 27 April 2021, by the courts.

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