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Is affirmative action -AA (including BEE and EE) ethical and why? Do you support AA/BEE/EE in RSA?

According to the prescribed material for 2nd year financial students at university of Pretoria it is under certian conditions. The book is Business Ethics, by Deon Rossouw. It states the following on p115 and I quote: "Affirmative action is a mechanism intended to bridge the gap between an unfair past and future dispensation of fair employment. As such it has the character of a temporary intervention. Once the major deficits have been eradicated, affirmative action should be phased out in favour of an equal opportunities dispensation. Should this not happen and affirmative action be allowed to continue indefinitely, it inevitably turns into reverse discrimination. It is therefor imperative that affirmative action programmes should be tied to well defined time limits and/or numerical goals." Based on this evaluation, I cannot support AA, BEE, EE in SA as the underpinning laws do not conform. I do not support any unethical ideology in business, even if it's a law. Apartheid was a law

The constitution allows for "Fair discrimination based on the past", thus the constitution allows for AA/EE/BEE. The only argument one can lodge against the constitution is a moral and ethical argument and the case is toughened with inclusions of sections of the bill of rights, right to life, human dignity and equality. Note that Blacks are being discriminated against currently wrt employment within the SAPS in the Western Cape. They want 1500 encumbents. The demand is WHITE! Demographic equalization. Amazing? Or Apartheid by the ANC led government. Sheesh! Back to the question.......

The answer from Percentage is partial as the writer supports BEE/EE/AA and provides reasons, however, does not address the question of "Ethical". In addition dear Percentage, Apartheid was started by the german born Brit, Lord Alfred Milner just after the 2nd Boer war, without the Boers, so the 300 year argument is incorrect. The Africans were here looooong before Jan van Riebeeck. They even did business with the Arabs around 2000 years ago. How did they develop the country to argue about 300 years anyway? What happened before the "300" years? Be careful with your arguments. I know my history.
68 mths ago

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I understand completely what they aim to achieve through AA/BEE & EE and it could be a good thing if a time frame is applied to this priciple. Unfortunately this has been taken out of context and has resulted in discrimination and reverse apartheid.

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It is definately a wrong indiscriminately and aparheid reversed unethical practice that will cost this country dearly, and it also flies in the face of the constitution, in fact it renders the most liberal constitution in the world worthless. The effects of this practice can be seen on and in every level of society, and the ruling party will never change it for the fear of losing votes. It seems business ethics is for the birds, in fact any form of ethics, being it in the schools, courts, politics, security or medical industry. Money, power and a bribe will take you much further in Africa, thats the subject you need to pass.

68 mths ago

HEY,NICE ICON U HAVE THERE. wELL AA/BEE... is law,so was Apartheid laws,not everyone agree to these,but ya dats the dispensation that we find/found ourselves in,and it is no meant to favor every one.THESE R UNETHICAL AND WITHOUT TIME FRAME APPLIED TO EE,BEE,AA,this is tatamount to discrimination,but no one knew how long the previous dispensation was gona last,companies colluded with the then government and they continue to do so in some way in the current government.The reason this is unethical to me,over time even though i am positively affected by this dispensation,it has unfortunately benefited a minority group within the majority,that is those who already had means,or black diamond,the est of us even if u buy the shaters,or tender,u wouldnt get much returns to it,NO CAPITAL NO GAIN

68 mths ago

If we had more whites taking such a moral high ground during apartheid, we would have nailed that coffin shut years ago. Yes AA is necessary. Why? Because we can and will!! Does that answer your question?

68 mths ago

No, AA is not ethical; it's discriminatory. I do however support BEE, but not in its current form. If we redistribute wealth, everyone lands up poor. If we generate wealth, a lot more people will have more money. Well, that's my take on it anyway.

68 mths ago

Hy Kakabooi, don't I know you from somewhere? you look familiar.

68 mths ago

Of course it is unethical. If it actually helped poor people it may be a different story, but since there is extreme incompetence in government it is clear that things will get worse.

68 mths ago

hell YOU disnt expect these people ot catch up in 14 years and then eliminate BEE/AA, they havent managed to catch up to the rest fo the civilized world in 2000 years how the hell are they oing to do anything right in 14??? give it up...chimpanzeedom is here to stay....

68 mths ago

No matter what who says it is all wrong,Mr.Mandela promised a future for everybody in a new South Africa , but it remains yet to be seen when will the white people be part of the new South Africa .

68 mths ago

In the beginning it was fair to bridge the gap - but now it is reverse 'Apartheid' what I call 'Beeheid' And as you have quoted in your question is that 'Once the deficits have been eradicated, affirmative action should be phased out' As one of the answerers have said it has and will bring unrepairable damage. Look and Eskom, Navy, SAAF for examples.

68 mths ago

ANY legislation that classifies people by dividing them into racial groups is wrong, and against the spirit of true democracy.

68 mths ago

wys my wat is fair in die land?

68 mths ago

it depends with the angle you are looking at. We had a situation where 80 % of the population was marginalised and 20 % being economically active for over 300 years. We have to find ways to allow the majority to participate in this economy. some organisations where cooperative and the majority organisations were not and still not to date. for us to live in harmony, we needed to create an atmosphere that will allow all who live in this country black and white to be economically active. EE, AA and BEE was some of the interventions to help re- distibute wealth and enforce economic participation. It is sad that some think of it in a discriminatory way, but imagine how many black people who still live in poverty because of the legacy of apartheid. We agree that this activities must be measured and shouldn't be overstayed as it will turn into a reverse apartheid. A lot still needs to be done and we understand that ti=his issue is veyr sensitive and must be dealt with careful and collectively to realise the goal that the majority must participate in the economy. I would like to have a white gardener too.

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