Quote of the week

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.

Victor AJ
Mahlangu and Another v Minister of Labour and Others (CCT306/19) [2020] ZACC 24 (19 November 2020)
5 March 2007

John Qwelane on DA succession battle

John Qwelane, that old homophobe whom many white people love to hate because of his virulent views, has come out in support of Helen Zille for leader of the DA. Money quote:

Granted, she is white; but a woman leader would be another desirable factor in the stale doldrums of local male-dominated politics, and it would be a telling blow for gender equality. I love the woman to bits; she might be the reason I could vote for her party, instead of boycotting the elections. I believe that under La Zille, the DA would transform itself into a party for all South Africans.

John Qwelane loves Helen Zille! What next – Jacob Zuma declaring his love for Bulelani Ngcuka? Zackie Achmat professing a deep and abiding love for Manto?

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