The DA is holding firm on its view that race is a proxy for disadvantage in South Africa amid sharp criticism from the Institute for Race Relations (IRR).
This comes out after the DA's Federal Council adopted the party's manifesto at its meeting over the weekend. The manifesto, which was announced by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Sunday, has redress as a pillar and states that race is a proxy for disadvantage in South Africa.
On Monday the IRR, a libertarian think-tank which counts Anglo-American and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust among its donors, released a statement in which it was highly critical of the DA and Maimane.
Maimane told the media on Sunday: "We believe race is a proxy for disadvantage and an accurate reflection of who is still excluded from opportunity.
"The party has not decided to move away from race-based redress policies. However, we unequivocally reject the ANC's version of redress which operates to enrich and re-enrich the connected elite.
"Our offer is truly broad-based in that it seeks to break down the wall that exists been the haves and the have-nots."