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.
Unisa is organising a conference on trans-border commercial law. The workshop deals with commercial law implications of cross-border trade – so anyone encountering a measure of international dimensions would benefit. The organisers state that at least three papers deal with human rights and intellectual property protection, while other papers may touch on constitutional issues.
The programme may be viewed on their web site www.unisa.ac.za/transborderworkshop.BACK TO TOP