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.
Invitation for Public Submissions by Constitutional Review Committee
In terms of Section 45(1 )(c) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution annually. Members of the public are therefore invited to make written submissions to the Committee on specific sections of the Constitution that they feel need to be reviewed.
Comments can be emailed to Committee Secretary Ms Pat Jayiya at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 28 May 2010.
Enquiries tel Ms Pat Jayiya: 021 403-3661 / cell: 083 709 8453.
Issued by: Adv SP Holomisa, MP and Mr BA Mnguni, Mp, Co-chairpersons: Constitutional Review Committee.BACK TO TOP