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
6 December 2006

Freedom of speech and the old Flag

Can SA Rugby ban the old South African flag at rugby games? In this morning’s Die Burger I argue that they can.

Should SA Rugby ban the old flag? I would say yes, they should because their image is at stake and waiving the flag at a rugby game somehow implicates all of us who watch the game in a yearning for apartheid.

Should the old flag be banned by Parliament? I would say absolutely NO, because that would suppress unpopular political speech, which can only be bad for democracy.

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