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.
Hugh Glenister has invited Southern Africans below the age of 30 to devise a ‘best practice’ implementation of the judgment in the Glenister case. The competition (with a prize of R100 000) is open to all university faculties and students, as well as to all private entrants, south of the equator (including Indian Ocean Islands). See here for the details.BACK TO TOP