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 December 2006

US Supreme Court Justices Debate

Reading a report on Slate of a debate between US Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer (moderate) and Antonin Scalia (right wing) one cannot but be impressed by the quality of the reporting. How many journalists in South Africa would be able to report on the South African Constitutional Court Justices in this manner? Maybe Carmel Rickard, at a push.
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