Quote of the week

It is clear that no legitimate objective is advanced by excluding domestic workers from COIDA.  If anything, their exclusion has a significant stigmatising effect which entrenches patterns of disadvantage based on race, sex and gender…. In considering those who are most vulnerable or most in need, a court should take cognisance of those who fall at the intersection of compounded vulnerabilities due to intersecting oppression based on race, sex, gender, class and other grounds.  To allow this form of state-sanctioned inequity goes against the values of our newly constituted society namely human dignity, the achievement of equality and ubuntu.  To exclude this category of individuals from the social security scheme established by COIDA is manifestly unreasonable.

Victor AJ
Mahlangu and Another v Minister of Labour and Others (CCT306/19) [2020] ZACC 24 (19 November 2020)
4 April 2007

Britain’s quiet diplomacy… towards Iran

To be consistent, should we not berate Tony Blair because of his quiet diplomacy towards the tyrants in Iran? After all, they hang people there for being gay. In Zimbabwe gay men are “only” locked up and political opponents are tortured. Is this a double standard resulting from racism? Or do we get so excited about Bob because of his proximity to our shores?
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