Legal experts say the indigenous people referred to in the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act are not just black people, but includes other people such as coloureds and those of Asian origin who were disadvantaged by the colonial system.
While a lot has been said about the indigenisation law, one fact which has not been explained is, who are the indigenous people referred to by the law?
A legal expert, Advocate Aston Musunga said according to the Act, an indigenous person is not only the blacks but encompasses other minority races who were disadvantaged by the colonial system.
Another legal expect, Mr Fortune Chasi said the Act is different from the South Africaâ€™s Black Economic Empowerment Act and if rightly implemented, it will address the imbalances that were created by the racist policies of yester year.
The Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act describes an indigenous person as any person who, before the 18th of April 1980 was disadvantaged by unfair discrimination on the grounds of his or her race, and any descendant of such person or companies.