Nope this is not South Africa. It's Namibia - startlingly similar to our local politicians. As to the merits of the argument, I can't comment on that. However when it comes to South Africa there is more than enough evidence to show that the public school system is so poor that the argument that those unfortunate to go through the system are in all probability not skilled enough.
THE Employment Equity Commission (EEC) has lashed out at companies’ reluctance to appoint racially disadvantaged (people) in top positions, saying it is “rooted in racial bigotry” and warning that the watchdog won’t stand for it.
For the year ended March 2011, blacks held only 26 per cent of all executive director positions in the country, compared to 59 per cent held by whites.
“The progress towards equity in employment has been slow and the top echelon in most business sectors remained unacceptably skewed in favour of white employees,” Vilbard Usiku, employment equity commissioner, said in the EEC’s latest annual report. The continuous marginalisation of blacks perpetuates the income inequalities along racial divide, he said.
Usiku said he no longer buys employers’ excuse that blacks aren’t skilled enough for top positions.
“White management appears to be perpetually stuck in the mindset that believes that the workmanship of the black persons is essentially shoddy and that they generally lack work ethic and ingenuity,” he said.
“This mindset, deeply rooted in racial bigotry, is a very serious and urgent challenge to the commission,” Usiku said. He said the income gap along racial lines in Namibia is real.