According to Kubayi-Ngubane, the Department of Tourism is continuing to impose black empowerment requirements on applications for assistance from businesses in this industry.
This is despite a court application by AfriForum and Solidarity that wants to set aside these requirements.
The Department of Tourism has made R200m available to help businesses in the tourism industry that are suffering during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The department has already received more than 10,000 applications.
Judge Jody Kollapen reserved judgment in the case on Tuesday, but undertook to decide on the case as soon as possible because of its urgency.
This comes after Solidarity earlier asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene with the Tourism Relief Fund’s alleged decision to take race into account for granting assistance in the Covid 19 pandemic for the sake of national unity.
Earlier this month Solidarity and AfriForum brought a court application against the departments of tourism and small business to review this policy. The case took place in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday.
According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic does not discriminate against anyone, so it is important that the government should not discriminate now.
See the Minister speak below: