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After filing papers in the High Court to urgently prevent the unlawful use of B-BBEE status, race, gender or age as criteria for relief or assistance at this tough time, the DA has approached the source of most of the relief funding – the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

As the majority of these relief funds are set to come from a loan obtained from the IMF, the DA calls on this international body to condemn this unjust behaviour by the South African government and instruct it to stop using IMF monies in a way that discriminates.

We will not stand for this unethical behaviour!

The ANC government’s choice to use this funding to only support B-BEEE compliant companies, at a time of national economic crisis, is wrong. The virus does not discriminate on the basis of race or gender, for example, and it is indefensible that government should do so when deciding who is deserving of their help and who is not.

Whether a business owner is black or white, male or female, has no bearing on which employees are affected!

White-owned businesses have black employees, who in turn support families. By deliberately denying these businesses critical government relief, it is not just the owner of the business, but indeed these families, who will suffer should the business fail.

Sign this petition calling on the IMF to act now: direct the South African government to NOT use its loan financing in a way that furthers discrimination.

We must help save as many lives and livelihoods as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

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