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
31 March 2009

Pity they are not on the ballot…

The Social Justice Coalition will be holding a protest meeting on Thibault Square in Cape Town on Saturday morning from 12 a.m. to protest the Dalai Lama decision, the arms deal corruption and the dismal service delivery. Their plan of action states that they demand a commitment by all political parties to:

  • Always act in solidarity with marginalised people by actively promoting the bill of rights and the UN declaration of human rights, both locally and internationally, and make decisions based on its principles;
  • Enforce the principle that all are equal before law
  • Protect the independence and integrity of the courts and allow for due judicial process without political interference;
  • Prioritise the needs of the poor, disenfranchised and most vulnerable;
  • Work actively to stamp out racism, bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, religious discrimination and homophobia;
  • Ensure that corporations locally and globally engage in fair trade with fair labour practices and openness in financial institutions.

Pity they are not on the ballot because then I could vote for a party in whose principles and values I actually believe. See you there?

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