Speaker, last week the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, released the 12th Commission for Employment Equity, CEE, annual report. The problem was that the Minister didn't check the basic facts, thereby undermining the credibility of the report.
For starters, the CEE claims to reflect the status of employment equity during the period April 2011 to March 2012. However, these figures are not even available yet. They will only be submitted to the Department of Labour next month.
Secondly, the report combines provincial and local government figures. When one looks at the DA-run provincial government senior management levels, one sees that 77,7% of senior employees fall within the designated black groups.
Thirdly, the Public Service Commission just a few months ago rated the Western Cape Premier's Office as the most representative of any in the country, beating all eight other provinces. Given the weight given to this report by the ANC here at Parliament now, the President and the media, it is important that the correct figures are reflected, and that the country is not misled. I thank you. [Applause.]