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
27 April 2007

FW de Klerk foundation on affirmative action

Dave Stewart from the FW de Klerk Foundation responds today to my article on affirmative action in the Cape Times. It seems to me he argues from a false premise, namely that one must necessarily choose between high standards and affirmative action. This argument seems to suggest that black people are for the moment inherently inferior, which is rather unfortunate.
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