Despite changing their stance on Affirmative Action in 2018 to:
“The ACDP would change the focus of Affirmative Action from previously disadvantaged to disadvantaged individuals. Because of the historic and current racial and socio-economic nature of poverty, the real focus of an Affirmative Action policy, based on disadvantaged, would not change dramatically from one that is race-based. However, this change in focus, away from the current racially discriminatory nature of Affirmative Action, will make it a social welfare issue.” Policy on Trade and Industry, ACDP Policy Document 2018
The problem with having Affirmative Action for the “currently disadvantaged” or based on personal economic status, is that the demographics of our country would still, by default, discriminate on the basis of race. There will (almost) always be lots more poorer black people applying for a job than coloured, indian or white.
The Voters’ Guide looks not only at the current stance of the party on a particular issue, but also their voting track record on Bills related to the issue, in this case Affirmative Action. This is important because it is essential to evaluate not just what a party or candidate says, but also what they do, or have done. The ACDP supported both the Employment Equity Act of 1998 and the Employment Equity Amendment Act of 2013.