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
7 May 2007

Oh no, I agree with Jon Qwelane

It is not often that I agree with Jon Qwelane, that grumpy, tribalistic, sometimes homophobic, Jacob Zuma-supporting columnist, but his latest column seems to be in agreement with my post last week about the arrogance of MEC Bheki Cele. It’s things like this that really cheers me up because it suggests that we are becoming an almost normal society.

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