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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)
25 July 2013

Call for papers: Conference in Honour of Pius Langa at UCT

Call for Papers:

UCT / Acta Juridica Conference in Honour of Former Chief Justice Pius Langa

 

On 16-17 January 2014, the UCT Law Faculty, in association with Acta Juridica, will host a two-day conference examining and celebrating the jurisprudence of former Chief Justice Pius Langa.  Justice Langa made a tremendous contribution to South Africa’s constitutional democracy at a crucial period in our legal and political history.  His life serves as an inspiring example to all South Africans.  The conference aims to explore and to honour his work.

The conference will take place at the UCT Law Faculty.  The organisers have invited a group of distinguished local and international academics to present papers addressing a variety of themes in Justice Langa’s judgments.  We invite further proposals for papers of this nature.  A limited number of papers will be selected on the basis of engagement with the conference theme and fit with other papers being presented at the conference, as well as quality and originality.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 August 2013. Proposals should be emailed to Dr Alistair Price at alistair.price@uct.ac.za. The proposal should include the following information: 

• a working title;

• an abstract of no more than 500 words; and

• author name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. 

The organisers shall endeavour to inform applicants of the outcome of their proposals by 15 September 2013. 

Successful applicants will be expected to produce a draft paper, at least 5-10 pages in length, by 16 December 2013 that will be distributed to all participants before the conference.  Presentation of accepted papers at the conference should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length, although a detailed schedule will be distributed in due course.  Presented papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review, in the 2015 edition of Acta Juridica.

 

Registration for non-presenter participation in the conference will be opened during September 2013.  Further details will be published in due course by email and on the conference website:  www.langaconference.uct.ac.za (to be launched soon).

 

Best wishes,

 

Dr Alistair Price, UCT (alistair.price@uct.ac.za)

Adv Michael Bishop, UCT (mjbishop@outlook.com)

 

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