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.
The local Sasco branch at the University of Western Cape is contesting the SRC election to be held later this week. They usually win the elections because they run on an ANC ticket. In previous years their election posters usually contained pictures of a smiling President Thabo Mbeki, the same picture used by the ANC during the national election campaign in 2004. I see this year Sasco posters have a large picture of Nelson Mandela. No sign of President Mbeki. The students at Sasco obviously decided they will get more votes with Mandela than with Mbeki. Or did they choose a picture of the ANC leader they really like and not the one they have to pretend to like if they were going to share in the patronage of the ANC deployment committee?BACK TO TOP