Quote of the week

Excluding refugees from the right to work as private security providers simply because they are refugees will inevitably foster a climate of xenophobia which will be harmful to refugees and inconsistent with the overall vision of our Constitution. As a group that is by definition vulnerable, the impact of discrimination of this sort can be damaging in a significant way. In reaching this conclusion it is important to bear in mind that it is not only the social stigma which may result from such discrimination, but also the material impact that it may have on refugees.

Mokgoro J and O’Regan J (dissenting)
Union of Refugee Women and Others v Director, Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority and Others (CCT 39/06) [2006] ZACC 23
14 May 2007

Assault on the Constitution

My criticism of the Constitutional Court judgment in the so called male rape case here and here has now been eloquently augmented by my friend Jaco Barnard. Dr Barnard also takes issue with the nonsensical reasoning of the Court and argues that the judgment represents an assault on the spirit of our Constitution. Read his article in today’s Business Day.
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