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.
CASAC Media Statement
24 October 2011
President Zuma acts on corruption
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) applauds President Zuma’s dismissal of Gwen Mahlangu Nkabinde and Sicelo Shiceka from Cabinet. We believe that the President has acted appropriately in responding to the reports of the Public Protector regarding the misdemeanours by these two former Ministers.
We also welcome the immediate suspension of the National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, and the appointment of a Board of Inquiry in terms of the South African Police Service Act to investigate his role in the leasing of premises for the SA Police Service.
We note the composition of the commission of enquiry under Judge Willie Seriti to conduct the investigation into matters relating to the arms deal. We await the announcement of the terms of reference for that enquiry and trust that these will allow for a comprehensive investigation.
CASAC has consistently called for a zero tolerance approach to corruption and unethical conduct, and urges all South Africans to “Red Card Corruption”. We will continue to lobby for the strengthening of our anti-corruption arsenal by establishing a truly independent anti-corruption agency that will be adequately resourced to fight corruption on all fronts.
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