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.
A scene from Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”, the story of a man who cannot seem to convince the blind faithful that he is not Jesus Christ. Any resemblance to the current South African situation is purely coincidental…..Happy Easter.BACK TO TOP